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We're currently sat in Vancouver airport waiting for our flight as i write this, but just over a week ago we flew up to seattle from oakland.
After a night in an airport motel we caught a series of buses in to seattle and arrived at our hotel near the seattle centre. This was pretty handy as that is where the space needle is! 102_2720.jpg its quite tall but not the tallest tower we've seen... and we've seen quite alot by now. We thought that the $16 to go up was pretty over priced so we sacked it off and went for some lunch. In the afternoon we took the bus downtown and took a stroll through the famous pike place market 102_2730.jpg which is full of arts and crafts and fancy foods. We then carried on our walk down to the water front and had a look in some of the touristy shops down there and looked at the view of the mountains and of the city 102_2735.jpg as you can see from the sky the weather was a bit of a shock! it was sleet and rain most of the day!
The next day we had a well needed lie in and caught our bus to vancouver. it took us about 4 and a half hours until we reached the bus stop where we had arranged to meet my step sister Shelley and her mum, Sue and step dad, Dave. They kindly picked us up in rush hour and we went back to their place in port moody for a roast dinner and a bed for the next two nights.
They were all at work on Thursday so we took ourselves in to vancouver and had a walk around the new convention center 102_2739.jpg and canada place, then down through gas town to see the steam powered clock 102_2746.jpg it was bitterly cold that day so i invested in a woolly hat and jo invested in another hoody thing later on in the shopping center on granville street.
On friday Shelley and Sue had to work again but dave had the day off and offered to drive us up to whistler, it was a 3 hour drive but it was totally worth it!! 102_2753.jpg there was SO much snow! we had a look round the village and then we took the cable car up to the top of the mountain...i was dying to ski but we didn't have the time or the money... the view was pretty spectacular though! 102_2761.jpg102_2772.jpgDSC_0059.jpgDSC_0054.jpgDSC_0073.jpg102_2777.jpg we walked around and had a VERY cold beer. we had a really good day it was AWESOME up there! definitely a re-visit on the cards at some point.
We arrived back in vancouver and dave dropped us off at Jo's relatives, Lisa and Dave and the two daughters Amanda and Christine, down the road in Coquitlam where we had very kindly been offered a bed for the next 4 nights. All but dave had Saturday off work so they offered to take us to Stanley Park, where we walked around in the ever improving weather. Stopping off at the totem poles 102_2818.jpg and then around the head land to get the view of Burrard inlet and the mountains across the water 102_2828.jpg after a quick bite to eat we got serious and took a ride through a section of forest on the mini railway! 102_2834.jpg we saw a plastic moose and even some real life sheep!! good times. That night amanda and christine organised a night out in the burbs at roosters country nightclub/bar thingy P4040017.jpg there were quite a few of us out in the end with some of the others' friends meeting us out. It was a really good night.
We managed to get to bed shortly before 4am and then sleep off our hangovers before a big family get together with all branches of Jo's extended family coming over to the house for brunch, which was delicious! P4050147.jpg
On monday we headed out on another sightseeing trip with Amanda and we picked up shelley on the way since she had a day off work! We went first to capilano suspension bridge which is about 50m long and around 300ft above the canyon floor 102_2845.jpg102_2852.jpg and we also went over smaller rope bridges in the tree tops 102_2864.jpg. We then drove a little bit further up the road to the salmon hatchery where there were thousands of salmon fry waiting to swim back down the river, and waiting patiently for them were two of these guys 102_2875.jpg pretty massive otters! After there we drove up further still to the cleveland dam 102_2886.jpg and checked out the scenery and the dam of course. By the time we got hungry we had made our way west of vancouver to a really nice little village called Horseshoe bay. Where we got some lunch and sat on the rocks in the park watching the seals in the sea and the bald eagles in the sky...not a bad spot! 102_2898.jpg. Further on towards whistler you come to a big waterfall that was definitely worth a visit, and it helped us miss rush hour! Shannon Falls...102_2920.jpg 102_2913.jpg.
Tuesday came around really fast and after a big day on monday we took it easy with a couple of hours looking round the markets on granville island and then a picnic on the beach. Then back to amandas to pack our stuff up and very kindly a lift to the airport by the whole gang minus christine who was at the hockey! Thanks again to everyone in Vancouver...

Toronto and more to follow soon!!

Love Rob and Jo xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by rob_harvs 21:32 Archived in Canada Tagged tourist_sites

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