We arrived in Vancouver mid-afternoon and headed to the gas town area, it was actually more touristy than I had thought but worth going for some food and to watch the steam clock, even if it is a slight anticlimax! We then walked across town to what was rumoured to be the best spot to see a sunset in Vancouver - sunset beach!
The day began by riding the glass elevator up to Vancouver lookout for amazing views across the city and to help get our bearings. We then hired bikes and road to Stanley Park - you can't quite believe you are still in the city at this point. We managed to ride the whole way around the park, stopping to take in the gorgeous views and totem poles.
We returned out bikes and walked along the harbour sea wall admiring the boats, we checked out Jack Poole Plaza - the site of the Olympic games and had lunch sat outside at Tap and Barrel. I would recommend the Fly Over Canada simulator ride, which is quite expensive for a short amusement ride but it was really fun! After this we went to Granville Island (taking a taxi) and did the short brewery tour and tasting session. We spent a lovely afternoon exploring this area which has really cool little shops and an amazing gin distillery - The Liberty Distillery - for delicious cocktails. Edible Canada was a great choice for an evening meal in this area too. We completed the day by enjoying a showing of Top Gun at the open air cinema in Stanley Park.
After the gorgeous day previous, we couldn't believe the rain when we woke up the next morning! But carrying on regardless we took a free shuttle from Canada Place to Capilano Suspension Bridge. The shuttle bus was actually BRILLIANT! The driver gave a bus tour on the way with interesting facts and pointing out interesting sights, well worth a tip! The park has the worlds's longest and highest suspension bridge across Capilano Canyon. It was quite expensive to get in, but really good fun. As well as the bridge there are cliff top and tree top walks and you have to collect stamps in your passport. Even in the miserable weather we had a blast!
Just further up the road by bus is the famous 'Grouse Grind' - you can cheat and take a gondola to the top, but we (crazily!) decided to take the difficult option... 1.8 miles, 853m elevation, 2830 steps - it doesn't sound too bad, and was good training for what was to come, but oh my, did my leg muscles find it hard work! At the top, thankfully, there was a cafe, where we got partially dry and warm before going to the refuge where there were two huge grizzly bears. It was pretty foggy, but they still looked HUGE! On a nicer day, there were plenty of extension walks that could be taken from the top. We took the gondola down and headed back into town for a relaxing evening at a gorgeous restaurant called Chambar.