The good weather from the weekend continued into this week so we thought we’d make the most of it and make the trip over to North Vancouver to check out Lynn Canyon Park and Grouse Mountain. We headed out around midday and bought our zone 2 tickets (North Vancouver is in Zone 2, which means it’s a little more expensive to get to). The great thing about the transport here is that a single ticket lasts for 90 minutes from the the time of purchase, and it works on everything; the buses, the SkyTrain, and even the SeaBus which we were about to get on. As the journey to Lynn Canyon was only around 60 minutes, it meant we could get there for only $4. In hindsight, it was a silly thing to do, as we ended up having to buy a day pass anyway because we were headed to Grouse Mountain later. Lesson learned!

Once we had arrived at Waterfront Station we headed down to the SeaBus terminal and we were on our way. The views of downtown Vancouver as the SeaBus headed across Vancouver Harbour to the north shore were pretty amazing! The journey itself only took around 10-15 minutes at best, so we were already getting excited about how easy it will be to get over there for snowboarding on the weekends and evenings next winter.

The view of downtown Vancouver from the SeaBus

The view of downtown Vancouver from the SeaBus

Once we had arrived in Lonsdale Quay we had something quick to eat for lunch and then got on the 228 bus to Lynn Canyon. The bus took around 25 minutes or so to get to our destination, and on the way we were absolutely amazed at some of the houses we saw. It seemed like every house was different in some way, and each one was even more amazing than the last. Most of the houses just looked perfect! We got off the bus about two stops too early (my fault!) and as we took the walk up to the entrance to Lynn Canyon we couldn’t help but feel amazed by our surroundings. This part of Canada really is beautiful.

Eventually we made our way into Lynn Canyon and on to the suspension bridge itself, which was great, but also a little scary. It’s 164 feet above the canyon and it moves about a fair bit when there’s lots of people walking across it. The views from the bridge and the noise of the water running through the canyon below were very cool though.

Natalie on the suspension bridge at Lynn Valley

Natalie on the suspension bridge at Lynn Valley

Walking through the park surrounded by massive trees!

Walking through the park surrounded by massive trees!

We carried on into the park and headed towards the 30 Foot Pool, which is a swimming hole about 10 minutes walk from the bridge. The water was crystal clear and although it was a little on the cold side I was really keen on going for a swim. Unfortunately I didn’t have my swimming shorts with me and I didn’t fancy getting down to my boxers and ruining everyone’s day.

This was about as close as I got to swimming

This was about as close as I got to swimming

We chilled out at the swimming hole for a while and then continued on through the park. We ended up almost doing a complete loop and found ourselves leaving the park, where we stopped by a quaint (the only word I can think of to describe it) little shop for some drinks. We made our way back to the bus stop so we could go to Grouse Mountain and on the way whilst admiring the houses again we finally saw our first cat (that wasn’t in a pet shop) in Canada! We’ve only seen dogs so far so this was a very exciting moment, as you can see in the picture below.

CAT!

CAT!

It took around an hour to get to the Skyride at the bottom of Grouse Mountain as we had to get a bus back to Lonsdale Quay and then all the way up to Grouse Mountain. We decided to treat ourselves to year passes for Grouse Mountain as they pay for themselves if you visit more than three times in the year, plus there’s a whole host of other benefits like a free ski/snowboard rental, a free snowshoe/ice skate rental, discounts for all the paid for activities on the mountain, and also 50% off tickets for friends and family that we visit with. It worked out as about $100 each, but when you break down the benefits you can definitely see that it was a good choice (for example a snowboard/ski rental is $48 or so, and a single ticket on the Skyride up the mountain is $40).

I swear they squashed the photos to make us look fatter!

I swear they squashed the photos to make us look fatter!

The Skyride to the top only takes 6 minutes but it’s plenty of time to take in the views. Once at the top we realised we hadn’t prepared very well, as to get anywhere other than the main lodge you had to walk on the snow, much of which was quite slushy. We definitely didn’t have the right footwear on so at this point we were very pleased that we had bought the year passes so that we could come back again. Unfortunately the ice skating pond was closed as it was melting due to the sun being out all day, so we took in the views over a massive bowl of chips (they were very nice!) and a drink before heading down about an hour later.

The view of Vancouver from Grouse Mountain

The view of Vancouver from Grouse Mountain

Natalie enjoying the view

Natalie enjoying the view

Ships in the distance, I assume waiting to enter Vancouver Harbour

Ships in the distance, I assume waiting to enter Vancouver Harbour

Smoking a chip

Smoking a chip!

The Skyride journey back down the mountain was very cool indeed, it felt like the whole gondola was moving around a lot more, which was a little disconcerting but quite exciting at the same time. I was starting to feel a bit ill by this point, not because of the Skyride, but I think the last 6 days of doing so much was catching up on me. We headed home and decided to chill out in our room this evening as we’re out tomorrow at The London Public House to watch the England v Montenegro game, then off to Rogers Arena to see the Canucks play the Blue Jackets, which we’re both massively excited about!

In other news, I’ve been offered a job. I’m meeting with the company tomorrow morning to discuss the details, but it’s all very exciting and I’m over the moon as I was really keen to work with them. Not bad for our first week!