Vancouver welcomes the Bradings!

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This last week we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming our good friends the Bradings to Vancouver. Richard, Karen and their tribe of girls: Mel, Hannah and Jasmine have embarked on an adventure of their own – a 10 week road trip of the US, primarily the National Parks of the Western United States. For more on their epic journey click here

winn

winn back

Beginning in LA they hired this 28 foot Winnebago, heading north, until last week crossing the border from Washington State into B.C Canada. Rolling into Smokey Smith Place, New Westminster, our home for the last 9 months the Bradings are visiting for 9 days. The visit consisting of a week long cruise up the Inside Passage to Alaska, and a days sightseeing in Vancouver either side.

…well the ship has arrived back in port after the 7 day cruise to Alaska. It’s a perfect spring day in Vancouver as I look out on this beautiful city, prior to disembarking. The cruise was amazing, truly a once in a lifetime experience. Where to start? Let’s re-cap with the Vancouver experience, before re-living the cruise!

Sightseeing in Vancouver

It was great playing host and providing a guided tour of the city which has been our home since Sept last year. We’re well connected to the transit system here in New West so got some day tripper tickets for for unlimited use of bus, train and ferry options.

skytrain

skytrain

downtown

downtown

Taking skytrain from New West to Downtown Vancouver we connected with Seabus (aka Ferry) for a trip across Vancouver Harbour to Lonsdale Quay on Vancouver’s North Shore.

SeaBus

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For a Sydneysider it’s a bit like catching the ferry to Manly, except that mountains not beaches await you. We didn’t have time to explore the mtns but we did have time to check out the covered market and have a picnic lunch on the boardwalk which affords great views across the harbour to the city skyline. As Rick observed it’s more of a working harbour than Sydney’s so more industrial, but picturesque nonetheless.

Lonsdale Quay - Picnic lunch

Lonsdale Quay - Picnic lunch

After lunch it was back on the ferry to downtown and a connecting bus to Stanley Park, the favourite city destination for Vancouverites and tourists alike.

Rick - an old seadog, loved this sheltered harbour & marina

Rick - an old seadog, loved this sheltered harbour & marina

Seawall entrance to Stanley Park

Seawall entrance to Stanley Park

Rose Garden

Rose Garden

Rick Karen and Jen decided on a hike across the park while the kids came with me to Prospect Point for a view of the Lions Gate Bridge and an ice cream.

Stanley Park - Coal Harbour

Stanley Park - Coal Harbour

Stanley Park - Lion's Gate Bridge

Stanley Park - Lion's Gate Bridge

As if on cue a racoon appeared just as the adults came back from their walk. This was a critter the Bradings hadn’t seen on their National Parks tour.

SP Racoon final

Prospect Point was an appropriate stopping point as the cruise ships sail past here under the Bridge and out to the Pacific.

SP CRUISE UNDER

Pacific bound

Pacific bound

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