After a short plane ride I arrived in Vancouver. From the airport I took the sky train, this is a 15min ride from the Airport to Vancouver city centre, nice and convenient. The sky train is a fully automatic train system that does not require a driver on any of the trains. Maybe because of this it rides on time. Pretty amazing system.
Quickly I settled into my hostel. Although it was not that quick since the first room they gave me was too dirty and smelly, even by my standards. But I got a nice room in the end that I shared with Greg, an Australian guy.
Vancouver city is not that big and everything is within walking distance. There is a real nice old part of the city called Gastown. You have some nice cafe’s and restaurants here.
After a few beers in the bar under the hostel it was time to get some rest and be ready for a long day of sightseeing the next day.
It was weekend and I noticed some people walking around in/with their ski/snowboard gear. So of course I had to follow them. After a 30min bus ride and ferry ride from the city I ended up at the Grouse Mountain. The gondola stops right at the bottom of the bus stop. It was tempting to go up but I knew I would get frustrated being surrounded by skiers and not be able to ski myself. So I did myself a big favour and stayed at the base.
On the bus ride up the mountain we passed a tourist attraction “swing bridge” so instead of going up with the ski lift I hopped back on the bus direction town, and played the good tourist and paid a fortune to see a walking bridge over a river. That day I think I saw the most boring job of all times. There is a person that has to watch the tourists crossing the bridge. He sits in a little hut on one end of the bridge and just starring at the people and the bridge. Not sure why but it looked like he was taking his job seriously. He could be practising to become a driver for the fully automatic sky train? He might not know he was actually not needed at all but out of kindness his boss gave him a job, something like that.
The swing bridge had a courtesy bus back to the centre back to town. so packed with 50 people in a “Historic bus” off I went.
I did my best to find some more tourist attractions but I guess in winter there is not much happening. There might be some museums I am not to sure, I never really looked into that.
So I ended up shopping, walking through the city and taking a little water bus.
This cute little ferry/bus brought me to the Vancouver Public markets. As you might expect you can get your normal fruit and veggies but there is also a section at the market, where you will find food stalls where you can have a nice lunch or early dinner.
After a few days wondering around in Vancouver I jumped on the bus to Whistler.