More exploring and taking in some sites

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll have noticed it’s been a couple of days since I last posted. Why? Because I have been busy exploring and soaking up some of Vancouver’s must visit sites.

Before I arrived in Vancouver I contacted my host about things to do and how to get around Vancouver. One of his suggestions was to ride the SkyTrain’s Expo Line which runs East to West across Vancouver and surrounding areas. I did exactly that yesterday.

Riding the SkyTrain

Riding the SkyTrain turned out to be a great idea. There are 3 routes on the SkyTrain that cross Vancouver and the surrounding areas in different ways. The one I was interested in was the Expo line as this one covers the greatest area and takes you through Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and into Surrey.

What I found the most interesting about the train ride was the visual changes in the areas from built up city through to industrial areas and suburban townhouses. Riding the SkyTrain is an excellent way to see this from an elevated position. Check out the photos below:

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Roger’s Arena ( #ROGERSARENATOURS )

This afternoon I decided to take the Roger’s Arena Tour to see the home of the Vancouver Canucks (the local ice hockey team). The tour lasted just under an hour an a half and I got to see all the stalls (lower and upper bowl), the private boxes that are held by season ticket holders, the press and team boxes, the visitor locker rooms, and the player’s benches. I also got to touch the ice that in just over a week will be torn up by the Canucks as they face one of their fiercest rivals, the Calgary Flames.

The only downside was, as we are coming in to ice hockey season, we couldn’t go into the Canuck’s changing rooms as the players often leave their stuff out and prefer the public don’t go in there for security reasons. Out of season this is included in the tour but you then forfeit seeing the ice with it’s markings and emblems all over it, which is quite a spectacle to see.

On my tour there were only 2 of us but tours can have up to 30+ people. I was happy being in a small group as it allowed for a more intimate tour. Our tour guide, Chris, was also really knowledgeable and an obvious Canucks fan, which just added to the enjoyment. For $12 I would highly recommend doing this tour. There’s plenty to see and it’s really interesting.

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Interesting part to the visitor changing rooms is it used to be home to the local basketball team. As a result the doors and hand dryers had to be raised. Check this out:

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Dr Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden

After having had the excitement of touring around the Canucks home stadium I was now ready for some chill time and peace. And what better place to find it than at Dr Sun Yat Sen’s Classical Chinese Garden.

Nestled just inside old Chinatown, which is a stone’s throw away from Gastown, it should definitely go on the to-do list for any visitor. It’s Zen-like tranquility coupled with the beauty of a simple Chinese garden it is perfect for stealing some time to yourself, bringing yourself back down to earth and ideal for you to enjoy just sitting and stopping.

There are 2 sides to the gardens, the public side and the paid entry side. Today I decided to do just the public side as I wasn’t going to be there for long. That said I will definitely go back as I got peer through the circular entrance to the paid side, which was enticing to say the least. Enjoy the Zen.

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