Wednesday, July 18, 2012

British Columbia, Part 2

We didn't have a whole lot of time to spend in Vancouver, but I knew without a doubt that I wanted to visit the Vancouver Aquarium.  It's located in Vancouver's famous Stanley Park, which was another area we were planning to spend time exploring.  I was just as excited as the kids to get to go to the aquarium.  It certainly didn't disappoint!  We had an awesome time attending the presentations, seeing the different sea animals and exhibits, and even watching a 4D movie.  What I really appreciated about this place is that everything from the exhibits to the shows is very informative and focused on raising awareness (like the Monterey Bay Aquarium) as opposed to just providing entertainment (like Seaworld).  Our favorite presentation was the beluga show, mostly because it was so fascinating to learn about these animals.  I couldn't get the settings on my camera to cooperate with such a stark white animal, so these pictures just don't do it justice!
 Get ready to get wet! (we sat in the Splash Zone)
Always a fave- the sea otters!

Dolphin presentation 

 We see plenty of sea lions in California, but they're still so interesting to watch!

We spent a majority of our day roaming around.  After we left the aquarium, we took a nice long walk along the seawall (path along the waters).  We also stopped along some beaches before getting back in the car to drive to dinner.
Tomorrow, we'll head back to the US!  Here's hoping that our border crossing back into the US will be as easy as it was to enter Canada!

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