Blogger: Stephanie Lynch
As we approach our last few days in Vancouver, we set off on a full day of adventure. Time to make the most of the last few days here. First stop is to explore Stanley Park. It is the largest and most beloved urban park. A wonderland built within the busy city of Vancouver. Throughout Stanley Park, you can explore 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park’s famous Seawall. A very popular spot for cycling and roller blading. You can discover kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, cultural and historical landmarks. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a beautiful day to explore but we did drive right around the park and stopped off in many stops to explore and admire. (The rain decided to try and get us back into the Irish weather a few days early!!).
Located within Stanley Park is the Vancouver Aquarium. Vancouver Aquarium is a not-for-profit marine science centre, connecting people to our natural world. It is a self-supporting, non-profit association. The Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. One of the stories we loved was about a false killer whale called Chester. We met this little guy who was rescued and nursed back to health by the Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre staff. He was stranded at about 4 weeks old in early July 2014. Because of his age at rescue, the panel of marine mammal experts gathered and concluded that he wouldn’t survive if released back to the wild. What I loved about this aquarium was the knowledge, dedication and interest each member of staff had. You could see how much they loved working with the animals.
Next stop was to catch an ice hockey game. As it wasn’t ice hockey season when we were there, we went to Langley Stadium to get a pre season game. It was a great game with a buzzing atmosphere. Such a fun night and a great way to end a great day.
Over and Out for now from Vancouver,