My one sadness of the whole trip was I had seen no bears - we had numerous sitings of bears allegedly whilst on the Rocky Mountaineer - but as the train was travelling at considerable speed it was always very difficult to be sure if what we had seen was a bear. One lady was crying bear at what was most certainly a Cow - so I honestly think we were all so desperate anything would have done!!!
Anyway on Grouse Mountain there were two bears in captivity, they had both been orphaned and hand raised so could not be returned to the wild - but we saw two bears!!!
Next was Vancouver by this time it was early evening, and we headed for Stanley Park first. It is an area of Vancouver, the same size as Yorkshire, designated as a Park. It is again frequented by all residents of Vancouver, as they all live in large apartment blocks without their own gardens (if they are central Vancouver) they jog through it, ride bikes through and stroll. The photo above was looking back towards Whistler and we could see the cloud coming down, quite dramatic.
This old fella lives in Stanley Park, there were a group of several and they disappeared as soon as they saw humans, but this old boy was not so quick and we managed to get a photo. Apparently they are quite a pest in the park, scrounging off picnics and at the food stalls. But they are quite vicious as well.
The sunset from our hotel balcony, on the 30th floor overlooking the ocean.
We really wanted to visit Granville Island (not technically an island - but known as an island) We had read of the wonderful market and the diverse shops and stalls over there. It was absolutely fantastic, the fruit and veg were all so enormous and beautiful, the meat stalls well the size of the steaks would have fed a whole family not just one person!!
The stalls and other shops were absolutely fascinating and we meandered our way round for several hours in seventh heaven. We found a shop selling so many dyes and indian printing stamps - oh the buttons, oh it was absolutely to die for. The Patchwork shop was fabulous as well - then the woodworking shop had Rob in absolute seventh heaven.
The little ferry that took us over to Granville Island - very cute.
We had trip from Vancouver to Victoria, it was on an island a little away from Vancouver and was really interesting - these gardens were started many years ago by a local family and they are maintained so beautifully - not a weed or leaf out of place.
Well that is the potted version, as you can imagine we took many many more photos - and all too quickly the trip of a lifetime came to an end. But we have some wonderful memories to recall.
So now back to normal life and back to the family. Which in itself is fabulous and we are so very lucky.
I hope those that read this blog have enjoyed sharing this with me - I have enjoyed writing it as by doing so it has bought back some lovely memories fro me.