Here are my previous posts on Canada:
Stand Up Paddleboarding in Penticton
Back to Banff via Jasper
Moose Bus West: Athabasca Tour Day 2
Moose Bus West: Athabasca Tour Day 1
Gluten Free Eats in Banff, Alberta, Canada
My First Day in Banff
It’s hard to describe how I felt when our Moose Bus hit Vancouver. The mountains seemed farther and the city lights were closer than the stars. Sad- Sad is probably the word that describes it best. I didn’t break down into tears, but it was like the feeling you get when you’re seven and Christmas is over. Womp womp.
I so badly wanted to go out and explore the city at night, but I was exhausted…and there’s just something depressing about walking down a noisy and crowded sidewalk after spending days surrounded by the natural peace and beauty of Canada’s many mountains and lakes. I realize how dramatic this sounds having only been gone 10 days or so, but there’s nothing remotely close to that kind of scenery where I live.
I woke up early the next day and made a quick trip over to the Vancouver Chinese Garden with another tourmate.
The garden isn’t too large, but I’d highly recommend taking the guided tour to learn more about the history. It was pretty interesting to learn why things aree designed a certain way in traditional Chinese gardens.
Despite our tour being over and the group being separated, we all met back up for a picnic-style lunch at Sunset Beach. It was gorgeous out- bikes, volleyball, dogs, the water. After lunch, we made a quick trip over to Granville Island via a little boat. We quickly made the rounds before having to say our final goodbye. Most of us were separating for good, but not without one last group photo and chatter about a reunion.
I didn’t do much that night. I grabbed a small salad from the corner store and bought Starbucks out of all their flourless chocolate cookies. I grabbed my laptop and went to the common area to start planning my escape from normalcy and my activities for my final full day in Canada.
I don’t do much cycling around home, seeing as how I don’t have anywhere to safely store a bike. I felt a little uneasy at first but it’s hard to not just relax when you’re surrounded by nature’s awesomeness. I would highly recommend a ride around the park. It’s a great way to take in the view and get a little exercise, too.
After riding around for a couple of hours, Michelle (the last remaining tourmate!) and I walked over to take a ferry, and then a bus, to Grouse Mountain.
All the warning signs made me extra anxious about climbing. I think it was actually harder mentally for me than physically. I made my way up pretty slowly, and eventually ran into another hiker from Germany. We ended up climbing the rest of the way together, and just having someone to talk to made the whole thing easier.
About an hour and a half later, we all met at the top! There’s plenty to see once you get to the top of the mountain. We ended up watching a lumberjack show and a bird show, and watched some bears play around in the water.
We probably could have made it to the suspension bridge, but it would have been a rushed trip, and I was pretty pumped about all we accomplished in a day.
All of these posts pretty much sum up my time in Canada. I came home with something like 1,000 photos and I still scroll through them quite often. I didn’t think it was possible to come back home with even more of an appreciation for all things nature, but I did!