12.12.2011 - 12.12.2011 -1 °C
Monday 12 Dec 2011
Of course I woke up early – force of habit. But we had a leisurely start, breakfasting on cherries and a toasted granola-type mix we had bought at the markets the day before. Our goal today was Grouse Mountain, and the weather was fine and clear, so it was a good day for it. So, our favourite trolley bus took us to the Seabus terminal; the Seabus took us across to North Vancouver, and another bus took us to the Skyride, which took us on the scary but spectacular gondola ride to the top of the mountain. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities cruised around any open area. We took the ‘sleigh’ ride – big sled pulled by a snow-plough kind of vehicle – just for something different.
We tested out boots in the snow – they passed – took a look at Santa’s reindeer, decided against taking any ski lift, and finally lunched indoors with a fabulous view back down the mountain and across to the city.
On our return, we stopped off at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, however, we could not go in without paying and since we only wanted to look at it – certainly not step onto it or the cliff walk – we saved the price of those tickets and took the next bus down.
After a couple of hours catching up on emails, blogging and downloading photos, we hopped on another trolley bus to Stanley Park to experience the Bright Lights of Christmas. Snacking on popcorn, churros and roasted chestnuts kept our tummies happy while we oohed and aahed at the lights. Back at the hotel we used up our other two-for-one deals for drinks and appetisers – certainly did not need a full meal.