Vancouver after 3 weeks!

I arrived here just over 3 weeks ago now!

I’ve found a few new addictions… the first of which has to be the Grouse Grind!

Its a 2,830 steps up the side of Grouse Mountain. You gain 853m over 2.9km. That's an average incline of 30 degrees.

Its a 2,830 steps up the side of Grouse Mountain. You gain 853m over 2.9km. That's an average incline of 30 degrees.

It's known as Nature's Stairmaster and is described as particularly harsh. The average time is 90 minutes, I did it in 68 on my first go!

It's known as Nature's Stairmaster and is described as particularly harsh. The average time is 90 minutes, I did it in 68 on my first go!

100,000 people do it every year... people compete to get up here!

It's known as Nature's Stairmaster and is described as particularly harsh. The average time is 90 minutes, I did it in 68 on my first go! The very fit can do it in 45 minutes. 100,000 people do it every year!

What I look like half way up it!

What I look like half way up it!

However, you do it for views like this!

You do it for views like this!

I took this one on a later attempt. North Van looks great!

I took this one on a later attempt. North Van looks great!

And the Lynn Canyon isn't half bad!

As does the Capilano River (please ignore the lift tower)

I might have to give this a go!

I might have to give this a go!

My legs have become like rock again thanks to doing that a few times. My friend Noriko introduced me to it and hopefully it will become a Sunday afternoon regular thing!

There was also one more thing that I just had to do during summer. You see I never did the perimeter of Stanley Park last time… so off I went.

The Boathouse and my starting point

The Boathouse and my starting point

There is a 8.8km path round the Park

There is a 8.8km path round the Park

HMCS Discovery on Deadman's Island

HMCS Discovery on Deadman's Island

Canada Place with a few Cruise Ships

Canada Place with a few Cruise Ships

The Port of Vancouver Look-out

The Port of Vancouver Look-out

Now this photo I like!

Now this photo I like!

Lion's Gate Bridge

Lion's Gate Bridge

The Girl in the Wetsuit

The Girl in the Wetsuit

Not sure where it is but I just like this shot!

Not sure where it is but I just like this shot!

I suddenly got a new habit of cargo ship spotting

I suddenly got a new habit of cargo ship spotting

It's hard to spot, but that's Grouse Moutain with the Grouse Grind... look for the cable car. The apartment block in the lower right is a lot closer.

It's hard to spot, but that's Grouse Moutain with the Grouse Grind... look for the cable car. The apartment block in the lower right is a lot closer.

Another one of the Lion's Gate Bridge

Another one of the Lion's Gate Bridge

I was walking anticlockwise, and was now on the sunny side of Stanely Park. That means only the right hand side of my face was getting sun (burned)... so I looked like Harvey Twoface

I was walking anticlockwise, and was now on the sunny side of Stanely Park. That means only the right hand side of my face was getting sun (burned)... so I looked like Harvey Twoface

One of the beaches... can't remember which

One of the beaches... can't remember which

But I can tell you this is English Bay Beach

But I can tell you this is English Bay Beach

All of these have to be distractions from the job hunt and house hunt I’ve been engaged in. Ages spent on Craigslist and Workopolis every day while trapped in the Hostel Lounge gets to you. Fresh air is always required.

Good news is, there are plenty of places to get it!

Good news is, there are plenty of places to get it!

I think thats supposed to be the Olympic Mascot

I think thats supposed to be the Olympic Mascot

Now the barge of Fireworks looks interesting...

Now the barge of Fireworks looks interesting...

Those barges would later be used for the Celebration of Light Fireworks Display!

Now remember, I’m out here with SWAP. They organised quite an interesting day trip out to Lynn Canyon, which has a suspension bridge… that’s free! Saving me $35 vs. the Capilano one.

This thing had a habit of rocking

This thing had a habit of rocking

The view made it worth it though!

As always, the view is the reward

It's just a pity these cables get in the way

It's just a pity these cables get in the way

Digging a bit deeper into the forest we find this!

Digging a bit deeper into the forest we find this!

Probably the best shot I've taken since landing!

Probably the best shot I've taken since landing!

Changing the white balance to good effect!

Changing the white balance to good effect!

Does that water look cold? It was.

Does that water look cold? It was.

But it's photogenic

But it's photogenic

Very photogenic!

Very photogenic!

A bit more walking later we make it to this spot where you can go Tombstoning (which by the way is a stupid idea if the depth isn’t known. Here the depth is known and there are park rangers on hand).

It's called 30 foot drop! You see those folks in the top of the photo? Well that's about 30 metres of jump!

It's called 30 foot drop! You see those folks in the top of the photo? Well that's about 30 metres of jump!

Somone doing the big jump!

Somone doing the big jump!

Doing flips as he does

Doing flips as he does

I don't think I fancy this (although there are smaller jumps)

I don't think I fancy this (although there are smaller jumps)

Nah, not for me.

Nah, not for me.

This is the last shot the camera took, but I'm pleased to say he straightened out again for landing

This is the last shot the camera took, but I'm pleased to say he straightened out again for landing

I’d gotten talking to a group of Brits and 2 of them did decide to do this. I’ve got a video I need to edit of it all.

The sort of rocky picknick site...

The sort of rocky picknick site...

From the top of that huge arse jump!!!

From the top of that huge arse jump!!!

Still, there were some other good places that you can only see up here!

Still, there were some other good places that you can only see up here!

After that we headed for English Bay for more chilling.

Everything above can be accessed easily from Downtown Vancouver by Bus or the Seabus! This is a great spot!

Now, the other big news is that I have finally gotten a place to stay. It’s near Cambie and West 17th Ave. Looks like a great area and I have a pretty cool house mate. The job hunt goes on though.

Hope you enjoyed all 45 photos!

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