Continued from yesterday – Click here to view Part 1
Sunday actually felt like summer and it was a two walk day. The first in the morning was to get some exercise with a walk around the Stanley Park Seawall. It is much easier to dodge the crowds on foot than it is on a bike. A lap from the main entrance of the Park past the Totem Poles, the 9 O’clock Gun, and the Lighthouse and making a left at the Waterpark to head past the Aquarium takes just over an hour from our door and is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. The second walk was more of a stroll around the new convention center and Canada Place on the way to Gastown. We walked down Water street to the end where it intersects with Powell and had a great brunch/lunch on the patio of Chill Winston. (Details to follow in blog Dining v. 12). On the walk back, the Mill Bistro had some empty patio seats that were calling us and so we stopped for a ‘Brain Freeze’ which is like a slurpee but made with vodka in several flavor options. Coal Harbour and the Burrard inlet were very busy for a Sunday with boaters, rowers, planes, two cruise ships and even the Paddlewheel Riverboat floating by.
Monday we drove up to the base of Grouse Mountain. Again having lived in Vancouver for 18 months and never having been there we thought it was time to check it out. We stopped by Guest Services at the base, picked up membership brochures and maps and watched the Skyride leave on its mile journey up the mountain. Jeff has to talk himself into the ride up but since the staff informed us that the hiking trails at the top will still be covered in snow until about mid-June he has some time. On the way back down we also stopped at Capilano River Regional Park to check out the hiking trail maps for a future trip. All in all it was a great weekend, with decent weather. We experienced some restaurants and activities that were new to us and also made plans for future new activities.