Vancouver: My Favourite Place in Canada (Part 2)

With 60+ hour work weeks keeping me busy, it’s been rough keeping up a decent sleep pattern, but recently I’ve had some time free up, so here I am once more…back to the blog!   Now that I finally have a spare moment, I thought it’s time that I finish blogging about our summer Holiday in Vancouver.  I’ve saved my favourite 2 parts of our stay in BC for last.

But first, take a look at my latest work project:

Stanley Park

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Two of Stanley Park’s Famous Totem Poles

Canada in summer is a beautiful thing.  People always ask me if it ever gets warm where I live, and I always have to laugh.  It amazes me how many people abroad think that Canada is a bleak winter wonderland year-round.   They don’t realize that we have 4 distinct seasons (some longer than others, I will admit) and that summer is actually quite lovely.

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A gorgeous day in Stanley Park

What I love about Canadian summers though, is that it’s just  the right amount of heat. Summer in Suzhou (even in May and June) are oppressive, but Canada (especially Vancouver) has the perfect climate.  We were lucky during our visit to the West Coast because it hardly rained.  We had sunny skies and perfect weather most of the trip.  I don’t feel like the weather was any more perfect than when we were at Stanley Park, though.

Everyone talks about how Stanley Park is a top destination in Vancouver, but I feel like it’s so much more than that.  For me, Stanley Park was a refreshing step into nature and beauty and purity.  We walked around the perimeter of the park, took detours down trails, hopped on the tram and sat by the sea side.  It was such a gorgeous way to spend the day and I felt sort of like I did at Elephant Nature Park, where when it came time to go, I felt emotional about having to leave that amazing place.

Maybe it’s been my time in one of the world’s most polluted countries, but my love for trees has deepened over the past few years.  I’ve always loved a forest trail, but now,  I feel like I could just get lost in them and stay there happily forever.  To be honest, that’s how I felt about Vancouver in general, but Stanley Park definitely was a high point in an already awesome week.

Whale Watching

The other highlight of our week in Vancouver was our trip to see wild orcas off the west coast of British Columbia.  As someone who is morally opposed to companies like SeaWorld (see Blackfish or The Cove if you’re interested in knowing why), I was thrilled at the opportunity to see orcas in the wild, in their element, doing what orcas do.

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When we saw these massive animals come out of the water, we were totally floored!

There really aren’t any words that can describe how cool it was to watch the big male hunting for salmon right under our boat, or the juvenile spy-hopping with his aunt right near our boat.  I couldn’t help but feel like these killer whales were putting on a show for us.  At one point, after a successful hunt, they all started slapping their back fins on the water.  Our ‘naturalist’ said that they don’t really know why whales do that, but they think it’s usually to do with celebration.  How cool is that??

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My only regret is how choppy the water was when we were out on our tour.  We were all getting soaked in the boat, so it was impossible for me to get my good camera out and get any closeup shots.  Luckily, we also own a waterproof camera, so we had that one out the whole time, but of course, choppy waters = a splashed lens, so the shots weren’t always as clear as I’d have liked.

I promise though, that the memories we made that day will be imprinted in my memory forever…and those memories are sans salt water smudges 😉

Here’s a video….I tried to keep it short so that you don’t feel sea sick watching it! (I definitely felt nauseous a few times when editing it down haha!!)

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