Padinago's trip to Canada in 2009

Day 18 - From Victoria to Vancouver, British Columbia

We leave for the last part of our trip, Vancouver.

Around 9am we leave Victoria and have a last look at the harbor. It is quiet in the car… We drive towards Swartz Bay where we arrive around 9.45am. There we take the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay-ferry to the main land. The ferry leaves every hour so we did not need to book in advance. We do have to wait till 11 am, as the 10 o’clock ferry is already full. During the trip just for a very short time we are in American territory. Around 12.45pm we leave the boat and drive to Vancouver. We pass our hotel’s street, drive to Stanley Park, across the Lions Gate Bridge and arrive at the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We park our car, which costs us 5 CAD. We arrive at the monument’s cash register and are surprised by the price. Per person it costs 27 CAD (plus tax) in order to walk on the bridge. Patrick tells the cashier that he does not want to buy the bridge but only take a picture. It does not help… as Nathalie and her parents already saw the bridge we continue our drive. Patrick knows about another suspension bridge, just as nice as the Capilano, which is free. We drive on, pass the Cleveland Dam at the Capilano Lake to Lynn Canyon Park. There we walk, for free, over the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. The surroundings are beautiful. We even manage to take a picture without any other tourists on it (and this without using photoshop). We go for a drink at Lynn Canyon Café. A bit later we drive on to Mount Seymour Provincial Park. On our way, on Peters Rd, we suddenly see a raccoon walking on the footpath. He quietly enters a garden. On top of Mount Seymour there is a ski lift as it is a ski resort. There you have a breathtaking view of Vancouver. We drive back to Vancouver, this time we take the Ironworkers Memorial 2nd Narrows Bridge and after a whole trip through the center we arrive at our hotel. Around 5.50pm we check in and a bit later the “valet” wants to park our car in the underground parking lot but we prefer to do it ourselves. We wonder if that was a good choice… the parking is very curved and lots of poles which make it difficult to turn with the jeep but we managed to enter and leave the parking lot several times without any damage. We freshen up in our rooms and around 7pm we go to look for a place to have dinner. We arrive at an Italian restaurant, the Bellagio Café but the food was not great. We walk around Robson Street and around 9.45pm we are back in our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Daytrip approx. 185 km

Cleveland Dam at the Capilano Lake Lynn Canyon Park Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge A raccoon at Peters Road Mount Seymour