Too bad it’s all over…

Unfortunately, it already has been quite a while since we returned home after our flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam.
We have had a blast touring, enjoying and experiencing Canada, and more specifically BC and Alberta and all the good things this country and it’s provinces have to offer.

We would definately like to see more, but our time was limited and all spent.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Cruising through rainy Canada

I’ll just go straight to the centre of this story: yes, it rained today. A lot. And it was cold. We hit a 13 degree Celsius low point today on our way from Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs.

The day started off quite well in Vancouver, where we went our merry way right after an old fashioned breakfast, American style! Right after this, we went to an IGA to get more groceries, and we were off!

It would be a mere 2 hour drive to Harrison Hot Springs, and with our homework done we pretty much knew what to do and where to go. With the day starting very overcast we figured it would clear around noon as it did the day before, but it didn’t. It started drizzling. And then some more.

Around 2, the rain stopped and after about 4 hours of rain, of which we spent about 2 at a site called Bridal Falls State Park, we found ourselves inside Minter Gardens taking pictures of a very well laid out garden in a bleek sun. I sure hope the macro fotos will turn out great!

Harrison Hot Springs is a tiny place, fully focused on having tourists entertaining themselves on the adjacent Harrison Lake. We’ll see what tomorrow brings us! The journey will take us to Penticton with possibly a lot of lovely nice spots for us to enjoy.

Just hanging out in Vancouver

Basically, today we did a whole lot of nothing. And that was just as good, as we are both pretty much still affected by the time difference between home and here. Those 9 extra hours yesterday really did some damage…

After waking up way too early this morning, we decided it was time for some breakfast. We had some (pancakes with locally grown maple syrup) and went out to go see Stanley Park after it was way too busy yesterday. The people of Vancouver go to this park to do everything but work, so with yesterday’s nice wheather and it being a Sunday, it was simply too crowded for us to enjoy it fully. Today was our second chance, it it was great! We should have a place like this in every major city! Lots of green, lots of water and everything is well maintained and clean. Lovely!

With the obligatory pictures on the memory cards we went further out to Capilano Suspension bridge park; a way too expensive yet very entertaining privately owned narrow suspension bridge across a canyon. The park also included some other attractions Luke a treetop boardwalk and several nature inspired trails and walkways.
Unfortunately, the wheather went a bit sour on us as a small shower passed and made us yank out the coats and protective clothing. Luckily, this did not last long and we went our merry way.

This way led us to the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, which is a publicly open, state funded, place where the local salmon are helped with rearing the offspring to achieve a high number of salmon returning to spawn in that creek in a few years. Nature at its best!  (With a little help from us)

After the hatchery, a trip to the upstream Cleveland Dam just finished off the day as it included a short but steep climb towards the dam. The dam holds back potential drinking water for Vancouver, and is quite high. The torrent of water is flowing down really fast!

Being nackered we decided to call it a day after this and retreated to our hotel. With some shopping done we are all set for tomorrow!

BTW: Vancouver is awesome! It has a really laid back feel to it and is being inhabited by liars of Asian people and very mellow native Canadians. It is a perfect place to start the vacation!
Today’s dinner: Beef bowl.
(Japanese dish consisting of rice cooked in stock in a bowl, topped with beef and a little bit of glazed onion) Perfect!