After beginning our North American adventures in Vancouver in September 2018 it was now time to return eight months later, sell the vehicle we had purchased there and continue to our next continent.
Besides selling the car we had a some other life admin to take care of, including four, well overdue haircuts. Thankfully the car sold quickly and so we didn’t have this to worry about during our stay and the haircuts were also very easy to get ticked off our list, this meant we had more time to explore the area. When we first arrived in Vancouver in September 2018 our few days was cut short as we were delayed in Japan due to Typhoon Jebi, so we were excited to have more time here to have a better look around.
To begin with we had some mixed spring weather so during the rainy days the boys found a huge amount of LEGO in the cupboard at our Airbnb (read our review here) to build and play with and we also had some cinema fun watching Pokémon Detective Pikachu in 3D. Seeing the movie in 3D, even on their cheap day, plus with some snacks set us back $82.90 CAD/$94.20 NZD.With the car sold we were back to public transport and easily used the bus and skytrain to travel into Canada Place at the Waterfront. From here we picked up the free shuttle bus over the Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver and the very popular attraction, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We had purchased our tickets online prior to arriving and bypassed the lines – tickets cost us a total of $141.80 CAD/$161.14 NZD. Originally built in 1889 the bridge stretches 137m across and 70m above the Capilano River. Since then much has been added to the 27 acre park, including the ‘Cliffwalk’ which is a cantilevered walkway clinging to one of the granite cliffs high above the Capilano Canyon. The main bridge and cliff walk were very busy but once we branched off into other areas the crowds thinned out.
The Treetop Adventure is seven suspension bridges taking you 100m above the forest floor and up into the evergreens. The boys also completed the Kids’ Rainforest Explorer program and scored themselves another badge. Love places with these activities to engage children more in the surroundings. It was an enjoyable few hours and we didn’t have to wait long to get the next shuttle back to Canada Place.Something we had seen and heard a lot about was Stanley Park and how great it was to cycle around the 405 hectare green space in the heart of downtown Vancouver. We hadn’t been on bikes for a while and the price of rental was much different to what we remembered from Asian but we found a pretty good price at Van City Bikes inside the Waterfront Station. We had stopped in prior to check out their selection of bikes and they had given us a 10% discount voucher so that helped as well. Braxton hadn’t done much solo pedal biking so we got him a trail-a-bike to hook on the back of Logan’s bike. We hired the bikes for two hours and paid a total of $52.92 CAD/$60.14 NZD.The park is named after Lord Frederick Stanley, the Governor General of Canada in 1888 when the park opened. There are seperate cycle and pedestrian paths around the 9 kms seawall and another 3 kms along the waterfront. We took a picnic lunch with us and had a fun few hours out in the beautiful, clean, fresh air.As our time in Canada and North America was coming to an end we were having conversations with family, friends and followers saying we were going to be in Vancouver until the 26th of May, when we would then be flying direct to London. However, there was a slight twist to our itinerary before we did actually get to the UK. A bit of a surprise that even Lincoln and Braxton didn’t know about until we arrived at Vancouver International Airport on the 18th of May….
Average Daily Spend for 10 nights – $226.20 NZD ($61.30 under budget per day)