I want to Ride my Bicycle
Today was a bit like the first day of school - something you look forward to but dread at the same time- the first day of my tour around Canada. After meeting my roommate the previous day it was soon on the bus and the chance to meet everyone else, including out tour leader Sara. I needn't have worried everyone was great - our group consisted mainly of British females who seemed to share the same sense of humour as me and possibly even some of the same taste in music - I know I didn't think I'd ever find the other person to buy the B*Witched Album!!!!!!!
The border crossing went without a hitch this time and we soon hit the city of Vancouver. After a quick lunch we swopped 4 wheels (possibly more if you include the trailer!) for 2 and took the cycle path around Stanley Park. Whoever came up with the idea of Stanley Park was a genius as it's a one way 8km trail for walkers, runners, roller bladers and cyclists which means you're not continually moving over for people coming the other way (I know the simplest things amaze me!). From here we got to see some great sites of the city (it seemed very industrial), lots of totem poles, the girl in the wet suit and a small lighthouse. There were also some small beaches around and it seemed weird for people to be in the sea in view of about 5 oil tankers.
After the cycling Sara took us on a whistle stop tour of the city before dropping us in Gasstown, where the statue of Gassy Jack stands! Gassy Jack was a prominent saloon owner who originated from Hull and was so named given his ability to talk. The other prominent feature in Gasstown is a steam clock which give off steam every 4.5 minutes, plays part of the Westminster Chimes every 15 minutes and the full version on the hour. It was quickly decided however that we all needed to bond as a group so the hard core headed off to the pub (you see what I am mean about being on my wavelength!) before going to a Brewery for dinner.
Before leaving Vancouver however Sara stopped at the amazing Lake Canyon suspension bridge with great views of a waterfall. However this wasn't the main attraction for us! We saw a real life bear - in the woods - by the rubbish bins! It was a fantastic site and I was really pleased with the photo I was able to get however don't think I realised what danger we were in until afterwards. Fortunately the park ranger appeared at that point and moved us all on!
Whilst I enjoyed my time in Vancouver I definitely didn't do it justice and would love to come back here one day and see the city properly as well as explore Vancouver Island.