Imagine a city with an island smack bang in the center of it. What if I tell you that the island has a fascinating history as well as the youthful buzz about it? Granville Island is all that and much more. Arguably the epicenter for Vancouver's culinary enthusiasm, you must walk around the market for flavors of fresh fruits, local cheese, maple syrup and handmade chocolate. Anyone spending a weekend in Vancouver must visit this iconic location. If you’re into collecting souvenirs, consider dropping a few dollars on handmade soaps, paintings or silk scarves. Cap day one of the weekend in Vancouver guzzling beer at the Granville Island Brewing!
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Kick start your weekend in Vancouver by visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. The park is one of this city’s gems and an absolute must-visit. Beautiful Kia’palano totem poles with stories about British Colombia's First Nations people and their connection to the natural world welcome you to the park.
Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada
I waited for so long for this to open! And then I waited for so long to visit, but finally I have! The Ripleys Aquarium of Canada, in Toronto, finally opened and it was so fantastic, I honestly wanted to love it, but I am not so sure I did. I would welcome opinions on this! The Ripleys Aquarium is a valuable tool to provide sensory understanding and knowledge to children and adults worldwide about the oceans of our World. The information and the feeling of being in the ocean is so worthwhile. In addition to the knowledge and understanding provided to the public, the Ripleys Aquarium has a fantastic understanding of conservation, they are so wonderful at helping to clean up the shores of Canada, and it is nice to feel like you are part of that.
One place we did go to this weekend was Albion Falls. I have heard that this is the best waterfall in Hamilton and it didn't let us down. I know I say it a bazillion times, but I really am a lucky girly to live here and have access to such amazing sights and places. I haven't been to this waterfall in almost a year. The last time I went, the fall trees were breathtaking - we don't get those colours in Britain! I only got a glimpse of it from afar, but this time we managed to climb down and get super close to it! Everything about this place smacks of beauty. From the water roaring down, to the segmented rock walls. Even the water on my tights looked beautiful.
If you walk down Dundern, you come to a huge amount of steps trailing up the mountain. Runners often use these (they must be mad), they connect lower and upper Hamilton. The view from the top is amazing. Ducking beneath them, you come to a large grate over a steep drop. If you travel far enough, you might come to beautiful water. It is a really tough climb, you might even cry (I did). Word of warning: Don't wear flip flops, your toes will be crushed by falling rubble and you won' be able to grip the rock properly! Follow the water up and you come to the first waterfall, adorned with inushuks, North American stone men. Travelling further up the water, facing yet more perilous climbs, eventually, you come to the most spectacular falling sheet of water. Find a rock and sit a while. Ponder life, paddle, swim, climb. Enjoy life.