The second half of our quick side trip to Vancouver from Seattle (Part 1 here) started out with a visit to the amazing Capilano Suspension Bridge. This is one of Vancouver’s biggest tourist attractions, and you will see why!!
We checked out of our hotel and walked a few blocks to the Vancouver Art Gallery where a free Capilano shuttle was scheduled to pick up visitors. The shuttle took us over Vancouver Harbour to Capilano River Regional Park. Going over the bridge we had nice views of downtown and the pretty mountains. Also on the shuttle was an older British couple that we chatted with. They were on a U.S./Canada tour so we listened to their stories of where they had been so far. They were so cute. We hope we’re still traveling around when we’re their ages!
When we arrived we were herded Disney World style to the ticketing and entrance area. We didn’t have to wait long though, despite the large crowds!
And now, there’s no better way to explain what it was like than to just start piling up this post with photos. Ready?!
And it looks even more amazing in person! You can’t really tell when you’re watching people walk across it that the bridge is actually pretty wobbly. There were so many people on it at once and everyone was trying to take pictures, so it was also swaying from everyone trying to get out of everyone else’s way. I was trying to keep my cool, but inside I was imaging the whole bridge just flipping over!
The walk across felt so much longer than it looked! I wanted to get some film photos while I was up there but I couldn’t find a spot to get myself stable enough. Just trust me that it was beautiful and exhilarating! :)
From the Treetops Adventure (keep reading) we were able to watch others cross the bridge.
Once you make it across the bridge, there is an area called the Treetops Adventure that takes you 110 feet above the ground via suspension bridges connected to 250 year old Douglas-fir trees!
During the Treetops Adventure it gradually started raining. By the time we were ready to cross back over the big bridge it had picked up even more.
We still had one more Capilano adventure to go on once we had crossed back over the big bridge: the Cliffwalk.
A lot of the features are made of glass so you really feel like you’re dangling off the cliff! In this photo above you can see the big suspension bridge in the background, then the curved bridge from the photo above this one.
Now that we had our morning plans at Capilano finished, it was time to figure out what to do with the rest of our day before we had to be at the train station at 5pm! The rain was sprinkling on and off pretty consistently and we were hungry for lunch. We took the free Capilano shuttle back downtown, but because we hadn’t mapped out anything else beforehand and we couldn’t use our iPhone GPS (we didn’t get int’l data for such a short trip), we were at the mercy of strangers and actual maps to get us where we wanted to go. Except that we didn’t know where that was!
I knew that I was interested in seeing Stanley Park so we got off the bus there to wander. That probably wasn’t the best idea since we were hungry and there were no food options in the park. We went ahead and walked around the park a little bit, though.
At this point I would love to say that every moment of this day went perfectly, but it did not. Between our hunger, the increasing amount of rain, and our lack of knowledge of the area, we were just cranky!
We walked toward downtown from the park with lunch heavily on our minds. We almost gave in and went to Whole Foods when we saw a sushi restaurant called Sushi Mart. We had gone into the coffee shop a couple doors down to buy some beans and the guys there recommended Sushi Mart. Now we recommend Sushi Mart. We both agreed it was the best sushi we’ve ever had. It’s a really small place with one large community table and one window table. They actually got our order mixed up as a to-go order so we ended up waiting for such a long time before we got our food. But even despite being bummed at that time wasted, it was still the best. sushi. ever.
During our lunch the rain picked up full force. There was no more convincing ourselves that it was just sprinkles and we would stay mostly dry. It was definitely raining and neither of us had a hood or an umbrella. Trae was going to tough it out, but I wanted an umbrella. We stopped in a boutique store and I spent entirely too much on a crappy umbrella. Then it became a problem walking next to Trae on the street with the umbrella because I kept poking him with it. Umbrellas also make it really hard to sight see in an urban area…It was just the combination of all these things that had us both on edge!
We decided we needed some space – literally, open space – to regroup, so we walked to the waterfront. We couldn’t have made a better decision for that moment. Sure it was pouring rain, but the view was so pretty. And we got to watch a plane take off from the water!
We walked toward what looked to be a newer building. A convention center type thing. Next to it was the Olympic Cauldron from the winter 2010 games!
And on the other side of the convention center type building (still have no idea what it was, obviously) was a docked Disney cruise ship! I had never seen a cruise ship up close before and I was completely blow away by the size of this thing. I mean, I knew they were big, but seeing it up close really puts it in perspective!
When we arrived back in Seattle for our last evening of the trip, Marcus and Charlotte had made dinner, followed by Tillamook ice cream with strawberries!! And, of course, beer. :)
This was a great highlight after the ups and downs that was the second half of our Vancouver adventures. We definitely want to go back, but maybe we’ll do it in July when the chances of rain are not as high! Ha!
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