For the first time, we did not do too much planning for our bienniel family vacation trips. We had places we had in mind though and Stanley Park was one of them. We didn’t rent a car or a van for this trip – because the last time that I was here 5 years ago, commuting was easy. However, this time we had 10 people altogether.
Luckily for us, there was a hop- on and hop-off station right at our hotel. We bought the tickets from the front desk and we paid for one day passes that was equivalent for two days. All you had to do was present the ticket on your chosen day, and it didn’t have to be two consecutive days at all.
We hopped on in one of the late morning schedules and only had two places in mind to go inside Stanley Park. The first stop was the Vancouver Aquarium.
Having been to several aquariums, theme parks and resorts, the Vancouver Aquarium is one of the most stress free one that I have ever been to. It also could be that it was on a Wednesday that we went – but considering it was Spring break – the crowd was mellow.
One of the must do there is to catch one of the live shows, where we had a chance to see a Beluga whale up close and was able to do some tricks – although they were not as agile as the dolphins. They were a sight to behold.
And be sure not to miss one of the 4-D Experience shows that happens daily in the aquarium. We were able to catch Sea Monsters: A Pre-historic adventure. I am sure the other shows are also good as the one that we saw. It will catch you off guard as well.
Stanley Park is a 400-hectare natural rainforest and is Vancouver’s largest urban park. There was so much to see, but we chose the best ones to do our stop over. Vancouver is one of those places that you just want to take it all in. It has the perfect mix of nature and cityscape. And this was just our 2nd day.