Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains


My trip to Canada a couple of weeks ago was pretty awesome, so it is about time that I shared it with you. My brother lives there; in Vancouver to be precise, and that is we I who I went to visit with my parents.

Vancouver is on the East Coast of Canada, close to the Rocky Mountains, and while it was hot in the city we could still see snow on some of the nearby mountains. I’ve only seen snow in June once before, and that was only a few snow-flakes falling, so it was something very different to what I am used to. It is a beautiful city, that is very modern; full of sky scrapers and apartment blocks, right on the Pacific Ocean.



The last photo is on Granville Island, which has a fantastic market t has a port for Cruise Ships, which is well worth a visit.

The city has a port for Cruise Ships, which made me think of my friend Lunar Kitty, from Ravenclaw, because she loves Cruise Ships. So here are a couple of photos just for her:


As you can see, we also saw plenty of wildlife, who were very friendly and helpful to passengers in the airport:



Joking aside, we did see a Grizzly Bear on a day trip to Grouse Mountain. Grouse Mountain is a ski resort that is around half an hours drive from Downtown Vancouver, and can even be seen from some of the beaches in the city. Some events for the Winter Olympic Games were held there in 2010. During the summer it is obviously closed for skiing, but it has been made into a tourist attraction. You can see some Grizzly Bears there which were sadly orphaned as babies, and there is a live Lumberjack show you can watch which is pretty funny.

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We also went on a little road trip into the Rocky Mountains, which included a stop in Whistler, which was the other venue used for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It is such a beautiful area, and so peaceful, that it is easy to forget how a big city like Vancouver could exist.



The other wildlife that we saw was some turtles, which I was very happy about. They live in a lake in Stanley Park, which is on the edge of Vancouver. It is a great place to visit, but seeing the turtles was just brilliant for me. They were sitting on a log that was floating in the middle of the lake and watching the world go by without a care in the world. It made me think of Izzy, who had a little holiday of her own and went to stay with a friend of mine while I was away. The pictures aren’t very good because of how far away they were from the shore, but you can just make out the turtles:


I hope you have all enjoyed the post, and I promise that I will post more about other exciting places that I visit.


“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”   Terry Pratchett.




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