We went up to Vancouver and Whistler area a couple of weeks ago. Our first day and night were spent in downtown Vancouver. About thirty minutes into walking around Gastown, a historic area of Vancouver, a bird pooped on my head. Apparently it's good luck, but this clearly is said by people who do not have bird poop in their hair.
|Beer with grapefruit. It's a good idea.|
Our favorite thing about Vancouver was Stanley Park, a 1,001 acre park in downtown which is almost completely surround by the Pacific. We managed to pay it a visit three times on the trip and we still didn't see it all.
|Lake in Stanley Park with a view of downtown|
|He was completely unfazed by our presence and we walked side by side for a few minutes|
|Walking along the Seawall|
|Seawall + downtown view|
|"Quit taking photos and let me eat!" |
Breakfast at Scoozi's was delicious.
I had a breakfast pizza and Matt got the breakfast deep dish pizza.
|Rose garden at Stanley Park|
|Lots of pretty flowers here|
|First Nations Totem Poles|
|These are all replicas, but very awesome|
|They kinda look alike|
|Downtown view from the hotel|
On our drive north it started raining, more like pouring. We checked into the campsite and then drove to Squamish to get groceries. On the way we pulled over to check out Shannon Falls Provincial Park.
|It's raining, but we're still happy to be in BC|
The Porteau Cove campsite was beautiful even in the rain. It sits directly on Howe Sound surrounded by hills and mountains. I would highly recommend making a reservation for this site.
|Hiking in the rain near Porteau Cove|
Unfortunately we did not get to sleep in the tent that night due to hard rains, water flowing everywhere on the ground, and ultimately a wet tent. On the bright side, we got upgraded to an SUV and were able to fold down the seats and sleep in there. It was surprisingly comfortable and the sound of rain was incredibly soothing.
Day Three: The weather cleared up and we headed to Garibaldi Provincial Park, though we only did a short hike there. On the way to Whistler we stopped at Brandywine Falls, its right of Hwy 99 and it's a short walk to the falls. We then headed to Whistler, indulged in ice cream and were off to another hike at Whistler Interpretive Forest where the trail runs along a river.
Whistler Interpretive Forest hike was easy and very pretty. It even included a small suspension bridge.
|The river running through this forest was insanely blue. The pictures don't do it justice.|
|The bridge was bit wobbly|
|Matt on the suspension bridge|
Later that day to went to the next campsite, Narin Falls.
|Putting the tent up while Matt drinks/photographs the beer|
|Getting the fire going while Matt drinks/photographs the ginger beer|
|I've had enough!|
|He was pretty excited to use one of these|
Day Four: In the morning we walked from our campsite to check out Narin Falls. The short trail runs along a river with an beautiful blue green hue. We then drove to the picturesque mountain town of Pemberton where Matt got the chance to skate. Afterward we drove to Birkenhead Lake to set up camp.
|Pemberton Skate Park - easily one of the most fun parks that I (Matt) have ever skated!|
|Matt still skates!? :)|
|Driving to Birkenhead Lake, mountains and trees everywhere|
|We rented a canoe and took a spin on the lake|
|We spotted two bald eagles in that tree!|
|We have a lot of fun together|
|Grapefruit Beer Break|
|Taking a break on the beach|
|This guy is pretty easy on the eyes|
|This was an immensely peaceful and beautiful spot|