Beautiful British Columbia

I am out on the west coast of Canada in beautiful British Columbia!  I arrived in Vancouver a few days ago to begin my visit with my 3 grown sons Robin, Taylor, and Marty and their “significant others”.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens

We started off the day with a visit to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens that I’d dreamed of visiting ever since Marty went there 5 years ago while living in Vancouver   (http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/ ).   This amazing garden, surrounded by a stone wall similar to the Forbidden City I guess, is located in downtown Vancouver and takes up about a city block.  It’s absolutely free to get in and once inside, you are transported to another world of giant bamboos, stone bridges and pathways, trees, ponds and plenty of large Koi, turtles, frogs, and birds.  It was a great respite from the summer heat that finally invaded Vancouver.

Rob and Marty holding A Gunnera Manicata leaf

Next we went over to the Queen Elizabeth Park   http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/queenelizabeth/  to walk about the quarry gardens – don’t my kids know just what I love!!  We ended up at the Bloedel Conservatory where we had a breathtaking view of the city.  You cannot believe the variety of plants there including the gigantic Gunnera Manicata or giant rhubarb and hundreds of trees and plants – again FREE.  We celebrated the day with a tasty barbeque and Greek salad, all lovingly made by Jeannette.

Shannon Falls

The next day, we set out on a road trip for Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  The ‘Sea-to-Sky Highway’ took us along the Howe Sound inlet up to Squamish.  This fiord-like waterway became a beautiful green from the glacial waters which drained into it from the mountains.  Of course, my kids knew just where all the awesome spots to stop were:  our first destination was the incredible ShannonFalls where a majestic waterfall poured out of a mountaintop and gracefully crashed into the rocks below where we were standing.  The cool mist felt really refreshing on the unusually hot 28 degree celsius day.  After a quick pit stop in Squamish for a caffeine boost (not me) at Starbucks, we went on up the highway towards Whistler.  I was quite disillusioned to see all the big city giant corporate ‘fast food’ places in this previously peaceful ‘out of the way’ town of Squamish.  One of the drawbacks of the Olympics I guess…..

Brandywine Falls River Gorge

Up the road a ways, we turned off to stop at BrandywineFalls.  This time, we walked along the mossy forest path to the top of the falls and walked abit further along to watch the water cascading down to the gorge and on towards the ocean in the distance through mountain valleys.  A B S O L U T E L Y     A M A Z I N G !!!

Whistler

Soon, we arrived in Whistler, the little town that morphed into a tourist attraction itself for the Winter Olympics in 2010.  After a pita lunch, my son pointed out the main ski hills of Blackcomb and Whistler, the ‘Head to Head’ gondola ride, and some pricy accommodations.  We headed back to Vancouver, a 2 hour drive, and stopped along the way at a few viewing areas and a mountain called “The Barrier  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Barrier ”   –  many millions of years ago, a volcano erupted, the lava flowed, formed a dam for a lake, then the glacier melted leaving this precipitous cliff of unstable rock debris which can landslide down at any time with catastrophic consequences.  We watched some rock land-sliding as we stood there watching, so our visit was short!!

After arriving back in Vancouver, Robin cooked a delicious roast chicken supper with a side of potatoes, carrots, and onions topped with Mom’s gravy.  Then we took this supper to the beach to enjoy while we watched the kayakers, sailboats, swimmers, and paddle-surfers as the sun set over the ocean.   AAAHHHH……. What a life – it was pretty sweet.

Supper on the Beach

So now I’m waiting for the BC Ferry at HorseshoeBay, Vancouver to go to Vancouver Island to see my sisters for more adventures!

To be continued………

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Just another day on the farm
    Jul 19, 2012 @ 19:52:58

    Clearly you are having a awesome time and enjoy that time with your family while you make wonderful memories with them!

    Reply

  2. Jacklyn Szabo
    Jul 19, 2012 @ 22:49:14

    Glad you’re having such a great time- we can’t wait to get there!

    Reply

  3. Garry Clark
    Jul 26, 2012 @ 17:38:03

    I have really enjoyed the West Coast posts Linda! It sounds like you are having a lot of fun. … and that’s a good thing. 🙂

    Reply

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