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Published: December 16th 2016
Stanley ParkWednesday, August 17th, 2016 Day 15: Vancouver, British Columbia – Learning to ride a bike again!
The start of our bike around the seawall
Today marked the end of our Alaskan cruise.
Since our flight was not till the late evening, we still had a full day to explore Vancouver. Renata and I decided to check out Stanley Park. Stanley Park, is an enormous park in the middle of downtown Vancouver.
Since it is a large park, we decided to rent some bikes to travel around the seawall. We had not ridden bicycles in years, so it took a while to get accustomed to riding them.
The Vancouver seawall, is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. Along the way we passed a bunch of totem poles, Brockton Point lighthouse, the ‘girl in a wetsuit’ sculpture, the Lions Gate Bridge, and Siwash Rock. The whole ride around the seawall took just over 2 hours with stops for pictures of course.
After Stanley Park, Renata and I headed over to Gastown. Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. It grew from a single tavern founded by John “Gassy Jack”. One of the most interesting landmarks, is
Welcome to Stanley Park Drive
the steam-powered clock and shoots out steam every 15 minutes or so. It is a very touristy area with a lot of souvenir shops and little cafes.
It was then time to meet our friend Maybelle for dinner. We passed a sketchy area while we walked from Gastown to the Chinatown subway station. There were a lot of homeless and drug addicts on the streets. We felt a lot safer when we reached the Chinatown subway station.
We met our friend Maybelle at a local chain restaurant in Richmond and then headed over to a Japanese pastry shop for dessert. The green tea Japanese puff pastry was delicious!
It was then time to say goodbye, to our friend, Maybelle, and meet up with the rest our family at my mother’s school friend, Orlando’s house.
It was great to catch up with all our Vancouver friends and family after such a long time. Unfortunately, our time in Vancouver had ended and we had to say our last goodbyes before catching our flight to Toronto; and with that, our Vancouver and Alaskan adventure has ended! Stay tuned for
Stanley Park trolley
our next adventure!
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