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5 things we did in Vancouver
1. Walk on the Capilano Suspension Bridge — the world’s longest suspension footbridge.
2. Take a ride on the Grouse Mountain Skyride to get some amazing views and also get up-close views of grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
3. Rode a bike around Stanley park and played golf.
4. Count the Inuksuk around town – Inuksuk is a stone landmark found in the Arctic regions of Alaska to Greenland and some parts of Canada. The inuksuk was used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for travel routes, fishing places, camps, hunting grounds etc. It is also the logo for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
5. Check out Gastown’s most famous landmark – the steam powered clock on the corner of Cambie and Water Street and waited for the whistles which happens every quarter hour.
Best Meal we ate
We had dinner one night at Vij’s – one of the finest Indian restaurants in the world in my opinion. Run by chef and Sommelier Vikram is a beautiful restaurant styled like a jewel box serving contemporary Indian cuisine. While we were waiting to be seated they brought around some small appetizers to try. The meal itself was amazing – we tried the marinated lamb popsicles, organic chicken curry and vegetable koftas in almond cream.
Riding bikes around Stanley park was our best Vancouver experience. The park is located at the west end of downtown. It was so picturesque surrounded by ocean on three side with the North Shore mountains as a back drop and plenty of wildlife. The extensive trails winded through cedar, fir and hemlock trees, there was area which had a collection of totem poles and lots of grassy meadows to take a break and take in the scenery.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Sheraton Vancouver Wallcenter, at the North tower with great city view. It was a very plush and modern hotel right in the downtown with walking distance to shopping at Robson Street, Yaletown restaurants and beautiful Stanley Park.
The 2010 Olympic Cauldron rests as a landmark on the waterfront of Vancouver, with views of Burrard Inlet and North Shore mountains on Jack Poole Plaza atop the Vancouver Convention Centre. The Cauldron, made of steel and glass, is an everlasting symbol of the Games.