The mountains that you see in the background are in North Vancouver. You can take a regular bus to go from Vancouver to North Vancouver. However, I strongly recommend taking the ferry (called Seabus) to cross the sea between Vancouver and North Vancouver. It's fast, unique, and much more beautiful than traveling on a regular bus. The nice thing is that the day-passes in Vancouver allows you to travel on all forms of public transport--train, bus and even the ferry.
|Float planes in Vancouver|
|At the International Village in Vancouver|
|Suspension Bridge at the Lynn Canyon Park|
One of the major tourist attractions in Vancouver is the Capillano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. The entrance to the Capillano park is pretty expensive at $37.50. I didn't go inside the Capillano park, but I passed by it on my way to the Grouse Mountain. I found the place to be very crowded, probably because it is heavily advertised in the tourist guides. So if you are like me who prefers less crowded places, a cheaper alternative to the Capillano Suspension Bridge is the suspension bridge in the Lynn Canyon Park. Here the entrance is absolutely free and the place is much less crowded. The nice thing about this suspension bridge is that it is narrower than the Capillano Suspension Bridge (although shorter), and thus shakes more while walking, making it more exciting.
|Picture of the river from the suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon Park|
|A small waterfall (picture taken from the suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon Park)|
|Crossed the river while hiking part of the Baden-Powell Trail|
|Sat in meditation here for about 15 minutes. It's so much easier to meditate when everything around you is so tranquil.|
|A rusted part of a wheel I noticed on the river bed while hiking|
|While hiking on the Baden-Powell Trail|
|At one of the sessions on Emotions and Relationships at the AOM conference|
To some it may be boring to sit through full days of conference presentations, but to me learning about the latest developments in my field is one of the most exciting things in life. Not surprisingly, I ended up attending sessions from 8 in the morning to 6 or 8 in the evening.
|The famous totem poles in Stanley Park of Vancouver|
One unique thing about Stanley Park is that unlike most city-based parks, it has a lot of hiking trails that go through wooded areas. These hiking trails are easy, but like me if you prefer quietness and spending time in woods, you should explore to the Western section of the Stanley Park and not restrict yourself to the popular Eastern section of the park. The picture above is from the Eastern section of Stanley Park.
|Sunset from my hotel window in Vancouver. The picture doesn't do justice to how beautiful the sunset was.|
I'm not particularly fond of fancy hotels, but the nice thing about staying on the top floors of a high-rise hotel was that I got to experience this ethereally beautiful sunset one evening.
|Dusk from my hotel window in Vancouver|
|While hiking up the Grouse Mountain|
|Hiking trip to the Grouse Mountain|
|The most beautiful sunrise I had ever seen from a flight|
On my flight from Vancouver to Toronto, I experienced the most beautiful sunrise I have ever experienced from a flight. The above picture that I took on my cellphone doesn't do justice to how beautiful the sunrise actually was. With most of the passengers asleep on the flight, this was another nice and quiet moment to connect with the beauty of mother nature.