The weather over the past few days has been amazing here so today we checked off one of our ‘must-do’s’ which was to cycle round Stanley Park. We were out by 10:30am (unusual for us on a Sunday!) and got the bus up to Stanley Park Cycle on Denman Street. It was $15 each bike for half a days’ (3-5 hours) rental which is pretty good. After a slightly wobbly start we set off in the direction of Stanley Park. We didn’t realise that there was a marathon happening today however, which included most of Stanley Park! We had to make a few detours along the way but it didn’t really matter. Stanley Park (and most of Downtown) is really bike-friendly, lots of bike lanes etc. In the park the path is split into two sections – pedestrians and bikes/rollerblades. You have to cycle round the park anti-clockwise – thank god we knew this before we got there!

We were so awestruck by the views that we kept stopping every few minutes to take pictures – everywhere you look there is something amazing to look at!

View of Downtown from Stanley Park

View of Downtown from Stanley Park

Lions Gate Bridge which goes to North Vancouver

Lions Gate Bridge which goes to North Vancouver

Totem poles!

Totem poles!

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After cycling a bit more we stopped off at a grassy area to have a picnic. We’d brought it from home and had been wanting to eat it since we left, so it was a welcome break! There were loads of people out doing the same, as well as a big group of people playing volleyball and loads of BBQ’s. Once we demolished the picnic we decided we wanted some ice cream, so Nick went to get some. It was $10(!!) for two ice creams but it was so worth it! It was pretty cool just sitting in the sun, chilling out, looking at the mountains (we’ve still not gotten used to seeing them!)

Chilling!

Chilling!

We carried on cycling round the seawall, stopping again to take pictures every now and then and once because I nearly caused an accident. Some guy on rollerblades came out of nowhere and nearly knocked me off my bike. We passed a few beaches along the way and were amazed by the amount of people at them! The beaches looked so nice and hot, we’ll be going back to one next time the weather is nice!

Eventually we were out of the park and next to another beach, which was right next to a very busy street lined with cafes, shops, bars. It was like Miami or something – it was heaving! We finally saw the ‘Laughing Statues’ in English Bay, which are pretty famous in Vancouver. They were awesome!

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A statue took this photo

They cost $1.5m!!

They cost $1.5m!!

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After that we handed the bikes back and walked down Robson Street towards home. When we got back we worked out that we’d cycled almost 7 miles! It didn’t even feel like hard work – our kind of exercise! Tonight the Canucks have their 3rd playoff game against the San Jose Sharks, and they really need to win this one as they’ve lost the last two! Nick is sporting his newly purchased Canucks t-shirt in support!

In other news I have a second interview for a really good job next week, good hours, good company, good money, ticks all the boxes! I don’t want to jinx it but I really hope I get it!