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.
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! The very fit can do it in 45 minutes. 100,000 people do it every year!
What I look like half way up it!
You do it for views like this!
I took this one on a later attempt. North Van looks great!
As does the Capilano River (please ignore the lift tower)
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
There is a 8.8km path round the Park
HMCS Discovery on Deadman's Island
Canada Place with a few Cruise Ships
The Port of Vancouver Look-out
Now this photo I like!
Lion's Gate Bridge
The Girl in the Wetsuit
Not sure where it is but I just like this shot!
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.
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
One of the beaches... can't remember which
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!
I think thats supposed to be the Olympic Mascot
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
As always, the view is the reward
It's just a pity these cables get in the way
Digging a bit deeper into the forest we find this!
Probably the best shot I've taken since landing!
Changing the white balance to good effect!
Does that water look cold? It was.
But it's 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!
Somone doing the big jump!
Doing flips as he does
I don't think I fancy this (although there are smaller jumps)
Nah, not for me.
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...
From the top of that huge arse jump!!!
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!