o canada!

Our last stop on our northwest tour was Vancouver. My first time to Canada! We started out walking through town past the library to Gastown – a few quaint streets with shopping and pubs that look like London.

Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library

Gastown

Gastown

In Gastown there’s a steam clock. We were expecting some huge clock, but it’s just a small grandfather clock with steam rising out the top!

Steam Clock

Steam Clock

We walked out to Canada Place which is much like Navy Pier in Chicago.

Canada Place

Canada Place

Later that afternoon, we walked out to Lighthouse Park. It was a beautiful wooded area with large trees until you reach the water. We stood on a big rock and looked out at the lighthouse towards downtown Vancouver.

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park

The next day was spent in the outdoors. Stanley Park is the large park on the west end of Vancouver. We were going to walk, but decided to rent bikes instead. I’m so glad we did – we rode around the entire perimeter of the park and were able to see a lot.

Riding bikes in Stanley Park

Riding bikes in Stanley Park

Stanley Park

Stanley Park

We saw a bunch of totem poles.

Totem Poles in Stanley Park

Totem Poles in Stanley Park

Stanley Park

Riding bikes in Stanley Park

Stanley Park

There was a beach too. We even saw people swimming in a public pool even though the temperature was maybe 68 degrees.

Stanley Park

After lunch we drove out to Grouse Mountain and took a tram up the mountain.

Grouse Mountain

The ride was about 7 minutes and at the top it was rather cool and there was still snow on the ground. So we grabbed some hot chocolates and walked around.

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

We caught the end of a bird demonstration where they were flying falcons and eagles back and forth.

Grouse Mountain

Granville Island

On our last evening of the trip, we walked around Granville Island which is known for it’s shopping and restaurants. We ate at a nice brewery and were able to sit outside.

Dinner on Granville Island

Alas, our northwest tour came to an end. Besides seeing the beautiful nature and eat delicious food, my favorite part was spending so much quality time with my sister!

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