This week we decided to go to Vancouver for a whirlwind tour, two days one night, From Saturday Morning to Sunday Early afternoon. We had a grand time.
Friday night saw us packed and ready to go. We thought that navigating the mountain roads from Kelowna to Vancouver might not be wise. Just to give you an idea of what we experienced. From Kelowna to Vancouver we went from 11 C to 1 C and back up to 15 C all in the span of the 4 hour trip to Vancouver. So Saturday morning we got up really early (5:30am, Ugh) and headed to the big city. The drive was lovely, winding hills and steep grades that let you see the Fraser Valley ahead. We don’t have these views back home. My Mom and Dad took my brother Sister and I out west for five weeks when we were young. I understand now why Dad on our family trip way back wanted us to drive into the mountains. The vistas are really something to see.
Our first stop in Vancouver is Granville Island. This was a place I really wanted to see. It was just as I imagined it, but with more cars. We didn’t realize that the Vancouver Writers Festival was on so there was NO PARKING anywhere. The traffic police even had every available space, that wasn’t a parking space taped off so people would not be tempted to park there. We finally did find a parking spot and toured the island, and even got some breakfast and bakery snacks for later. I tried a divine Chocolate Bread, that if I had bought would have made THE BEST peanut butter and Jam sandwiches this side of the Rockies. If we go back I am getting some.
After leaving Granville Island we went to the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology to look at their extensive First Nations Exhibit, especially their West Coast Exhibits. We wandered around for a while and took a tour of
Totem poles and lodges of the Haida people. The carving was spectacular and very intricate. We then took a more extensive tour of the building.
We learned a lot about Funerary boxes and how they were steamed before they were carved. The Haida had no metal for nails, or saws so everything had to be done with wood. We saw many beautiful displays. After the museum we found our hotel checked in and rested for an hour before going out to meet Elizabeth’s Cousin and her boyfriend for dinner at a lovely Pizza Restaurant that wood fires its own pizza. YUMM!
Tomorrow will be about the bike around Stanley Park and the wildlife we saw there. Hope you come back tomorrow.