Exploring my own city
In February of this year, Scott and I made the big move and drove across the country (well Ontario to British Columbia) to settle in Vancouver. Scott left behind everything he knew, his job, friends and family, everything, to come with me to start a new life here. After living in Australia and travelling around New Zealand, I couldn’t be in a town as small as North Bay, as gorgeous as the sunsets were.
So we left the small town to move to a big city where both of us could find more opportunity for our careers, and have more to explore. We would regularly explore North Bay and surrounds, but now we have SO.MUCH.MORE
Yet, since moving here, we’ve managed to only explore our own neighbourhood and just a couple other quick stops in a few areas. While this seems kind of shameful, the reason for this is because I moved here wanting to explore with Scott. I love travelling on my own, and I love telling Scott my stories afterwards, but it would be so nice to have the chance to explore together. And somehow we rarely ever seem to have a day off together. Our schedules have yet to align to give us the time to explore like we should.
So while I wait for this day to come, I shall plan out some activities for us to do. Here are a few ideas that I have
- Grouse Mountain. The locals tell me it’s overrated and touristy. But you know what? I think touristy places are touristy for a reason. They often times deserve the hype. Not always (cough cough, looking at you Auckland), but often enough. While here I would ride the cable car, or as the website states, the skyride “North America’s largest aerial tramway system”. I love cable cars for the views they bring, and it’s nice to not have to exert yourself climbing up a mountain, giving you more time and energy to hike around while you’re up there. Speaking of hikes, I plan to hike some of the trails at Grouse Mountain. I love hiking and always will, but ever since watching a documentary on the inclining cougar rates in this area, I have been a touch nervous to go hiking. I’m sure the beautiful views will occupy my attention though. And one last thing for Grouse Mountain, they have a bear sanctuary. Cool, right?
- Go on a whale watching tour. Confession; I am terrified of whales. As beautiful as I think killer whales are, I get chills just thinking of them. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been having the same dream where I’m in the middle of the ocean, trying to stay afloat, and out of nowhere like 15 killer whales come up and start tossing me around like a seal, attacking me. I have no idea why I have this same dream, but it’s made me terrified of whales. So why would I want to possibly make my worst nightmare a reality? Because Scott wants to go. And the whole reason for this post is things we can do together when we get a day off. And I’m sure being on a large-ish boat; we won’t end up being attacked in the middle of the ocean. So I’m sure if I steer clear of the edge I’ll be fine. Let’s hope…
- Capilano suspension bridge. Also known as very touristy, but the photos look breathtaking. The suspension bridge is 450 feet across, and 230 feet above the river. I love swinging suspension bridges. The sudden movement always gives me that thrilling jolt of fear, then excitement. While there I also want to hike the trails, and possibly partake in Treetops adventure, which, as the name suggests, is a walk way through the tree tops.
- Lynn Canyon. Another suspension bridge since the early 1900’s, locals seem to favour here over Capilano. I don’t know too much about it other than it has beautiful day hikes, and people often spend the weekend in the area, doing the hikes.
- Go to the island. Because everyone says it’s gorgeous, and there is so much to do over a weekend.
What about you? Have you been exploring your own area? Are you from Vancouver? Does anyone have any good suggestions to add to my list?