Tourism Challenge, day three.

Yesterday was Sunday, the 23rd of April. The Sun Run was going on and downtown Vancouver was crawling with people.

I woke up a little late, having spent a long evening at Seida’s friends on the way back from Grouse Mountain. Turkish origin and beer, and awesome hospitality. :-)

So this morning I caught a bus to Stanley Park and went to the Vancouver Aquarium. The hour and a half I had set aside for the visit turned out to be way too short. The belugas, the dolphins and the sea lions by themselves consumed most of my time. I’ll have to go back soon. But I had also booked a Harbour Cruise tour and had to leave.

The MV Harbour Princess sails from Coal Harbour. She took us on a very enjoyable 75 min. tour around the Burrard Inlet; we cruised by Canada Place, the Port of Vancouver, saw a lonely sea lion basking in the sun on a barge, not far from the fisheries – smart guy, turned around a bit before the Second Narrows, followed the North Shore passed Lonsdale Quay all the way to the Lions Gate bridge and finally rounded Stanley Park back into Coal Harbour.

Then I went back to the park and spent an hour on the horse drawn park tour. The percherons pulled the 30-person car seemingly effortlessly and I smiled at myself, doing the tourist thing.