We've had an awesome few days, with a tremendous amount of walking and some great scenery. From the lights of North Vancouver at night across English Bay to Lynn Canyons rugid terrain interspersed with waterfalls and brooks.
On Friday we had a light morning, getting up late and testing out Skype for the first time. Having a few errands on the cards we took a stroll through East Downtown Vancouvers Chinatown and on to Vancouvers Pacific Central train/ bus station to pick up tickets for our next leg of the journey. Although a grand building there wasn't anything too awe insipring about this station, however opinions changed after an eye opening experience later in the day.
In the afternoon we visited the Telus World Of Science where we became like big children (well...maybe not so big) playing with instruments and gadgets that were made to educate people about the environment and our effects on it. We ran on human size hamster wheels, shot water through cannons and danced to funky music to create kaleidoscope shadow effects. As part of the 'experience' there was the chance to watch an omnimax film which was supposed to promote a new generation of film entetainment. In short it entailed sitting in a steep theatre watching a film on a dome like screen so all peripheral viewing was occupied by the film. Although a slightly dizzying experience it was also pretty impressive.
The film being shown was a propoganda documentary for the Canadian Railway which at first we both thought would be quite boring, but the documentary was quite revealing. It spoke of the effort workers had to go through in order to build a train track across Canada, and specifically the difficulty of trying to build through the Rocky Mountains. So many men died trying to create this railway line which made cities like Vancouver possible and at so many points it was nearly given up on.
That evening we took a chilly walk along the side of English Bay where we saw the lights of expensive apartments set the bay alight.
We kept the schedule pretty busy for the next day with a ferry bus and bus ride to Lynn Canyon, an absolutely magical woodland canyon with breathtaking waterfalls. I'll describe a little about this, but the pictures explain it so much better.
As you walked into the Canyon you're susepended 50feet above a river on a bridge that could make the strongest stomachs queezy. The bridge rocks from side to side and up and down with the speed increasing the more people walking across it. Despite this slightly nervous moment, it's well worth it when you get to look out across the Canyon at waterfalls and forest.
We continued winding our way along the riverside then up the canyons steep side to realise we didn't know where we were. Fortunately, we had a keen sense of direction and managed to guide ourselves over the hillside to our starting point.