Saturday, March 15, 2008

Canada Day 4: all the fun of the fair, and the trolley bus

Another grey day in Vancouver, which put paid to our tentative plans of checking out the Capilano suspension bridge.

Instead we went to Rogers Playdome, inside BC Place, home of the BC Lions football team (that's the rugby ball, big shoulder pads, 10-24-37 hut hut hut variety of football). This is a massive indoor fun fair which is here for 5 days for Spring Break.

I only took a couple of pics, so not much to show, but we had a great time (apart from the carnies effortlessly parting me with my money - it's amazing how they do it, you are aware of the whole process, but powerless to stop it, it's a cross between charm and Jedi mind control....)

After the fair we took a tour on one of the hop on hop off bus services with commentary that run around the city. The one we chose was an old San Francisco style trolley. Our driver/tour guide was Terry and he was great fun, very entertaining, friendly and informative.

The bus took us all over Vancouver, past all the main shopping areas downtown, past Gastown, Yaletown and Chinatown (the 2nd largest Chinatown in North America, apparently, beaten only by San Francisco), and all around Stanley Park. Connor got to see his beloved totem poles again, and we also got a 10 minute break at Prospect Point for ice cream.

We stopped off at Granville Island for an hour and went to the kids market - it was fab,and there is loads more to see there, so we will have to try to go back before we leave for Edmonton.

After the tour we came back to the hotel to watch Hockey Night in Canada - the first game was Canucks vs Stars, a close close close one but we won, phew! Then we swam and slept like logs.

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