Grouse Mountain, English Tea, Otters and Zambukas
Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
255Trip End Aug 18, 2010
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Guy and Ann Woods, North Vancouver
The day was warm and sunny and as the next day forecast wet weather Guy recommended we took the gondola up Grouse Mountain
The next day we were treated by our Canadian travel agents to an Animal Encounter at Vancouver Aquarium. We took the ferry across from North Vancouver and then a bus to Stanley Park. Unfortunately it was wet so we had to take the bus whereas we had planned to rent bikes and explore the park. The Aquarium was packed, thankfully we had express tickets and bypassed the long queue of people were waiting. Our experience was to feed the sea otters but first we went with a trainer to a room for a talk on sea otters. After here we went to the kitchen to see the food (fish, fish and more fish) prepared for the sea animals here and shown where is weighed and frozen for the next day. We then went to meet the sea otter trainer who walked us the sea otter pool and then Lily, Fynn and Edie had to throw the squid onto the sea otter’s tummies. They were curious animals and once they were fed they tried to stick their noses in between the glass to smell us all. Afterwards we were taken to the education centre and the children were introduced to and allowed to stroke the Californian Sea Cucumber, starfish, shrimps etc
In the evening we joined forces with Guy, Ann, Brendon and Jack and went to Steve Vranakis’ (colleague of Ian’s at VCCP] brother’s restaurant in Vancouver. John Vranakis had just opened his Mediterranean restaurant called Branas, which is situated, just by the marina at False Creek. What a night ending in Zambuka slammers (John is Greek). The kids feel in love with the chef and all the dogs that ambled by. The food was great and highly recommended if you are in Vancouver – many thanks John and crew once again and big thanks to Steve who picked up the tab.
Three days is certainly not long enough to uncover the delights of Vancouver we really wished we had spent a week here minimum. We did not even touch what we had planned to do. We know that we need to return and soon.