At Sea to Vancouver, British Columbia
We spent a day and a half traveling from Port Townsend to Vancouver due to some local environmental duties – so we headed out the Strait of Juan De Fuca and into the Pacific. This was fine with us as it was a good chance to get caught up on the day to day responsibilities of life plus a little rest. On our entry back through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we again saw a pod of whales. Don’t know what kind they were, but we were able to catch the tail of one just entering back into the water.
The sail-in to Vancouver was quite beautiful, green, and scenic. We sailed under the Lions Gate Bridge into the Bay and ended up in the middle of float-plane traffic which was quite interesting.
The view of the harbor skyline is one to behold.
Vancouver is a big gateway city to Alaska, so they have a huge port terminal. We were docked for a day only, then to Anchorage the following day and back to the dock on Monday for the rest of our stay.
Friends of ours are Canadians and live in Vancouver. They offered to show us the sights this afternoon and have dinner in town with them.
We did a driving tour of the City and surrounding area, which has a population of around 3 million people. We drove through their gigantic Stanley Park, an urban rainforest situated along the waterfront. This park is much loved and used by the locals. This being Saturday, there were people biking, walking, running and sunbathing – completely enjoying another spectacular day.
After the tour, we had a little walk in the waterfront area.
We then returned to their condo for Happy Hour and then off to dinner at a restaurant called Gotham Steakhouse.
It was a perfectly lovely afternoon and it was fun to get the inside scoop on the city of Vancouver.