Thursday, June 22, 2017

Canada and Alaska – Part 3, Day 5: Bye-bye Vancouver!



Weather permitting, it’s Queen Elizabeth Park (directions HERE) and Vancouver’s Botanical Gardens (directions HERE) before we close the suitcases on Canada for good this time round, and fly home.

As things turned out the weather was much better than the forecast above showed – perfect for our last day here!
    

It was a short SkyTrain journey from the YVR Airport to Oakridge and 41st followed by a brisk 15 minute walk to the highest point in Vancouver (152 metres above sea-level if you’re counting) – and our first stop: Queen Elizabeth Park.



What a view of the city!

After admiring the view, our next stop was the nearby Bloedel Conservatory….

…and to our surprise, it was packed with birds of all shapes, sizes and colours – and not a cage in sight!!


..and they seemed perfectly relaxed with us humans getting in really close for photographs






 
What a treat!



Nothing was going to top the Conservatory for visual impact and beauty, so on leaving we had a quick look at the other main attraction -the ornamental fountain, before descending…

…into the Botanical Gardens…

…fantastic views…



…more fantastic views…

…even more fantastic views…

…all tended to with love, care and extreme precision!
 
Even the traditionally shy wildlife was out enjoying the view!

Wow! what an experience! This is definitely worth a visit – even if you’re not a gardener of a bird-watcher. Both places took our breath away.

We still had a bit of time to kill, so we jumped on the Skytrain at King Edward and headed down to the Waterfront for one last time. We grabbed an ice-cream at McD’s soaked up some rays before boarding the SkyTrain one last time to take us back to the Airport.

Back in Blighty by tea-time tomorrow! – Bye-bye Vancouver, see you again soon!