Lovin’ Vancouver! Our favorite places : Aquarium

Maybe it was Tt’s early obsession with sharks, maybe it was just a nice, relaxing atmosphere for Tt to learn to walk (IF you time it right outside of those danged school tours by the busload). We’ve driven across town to visit the Vancouver Aquarium at least twice a month for almost 5 years now.

We like to get the most out of our memberships.

We ALWAYS visit the big, bright, colorful fish tank first. It’s Boo’s new favorite. There’s a cubby I can shove both boys into while we watch fish watching us.

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Next door is the sharks/turtle, which of course is a “must”. Oddly, even though Tt can name off 25 different species of shark (out of the 360 known to exist, btw… Ya, we read a lot about sharks), we still know very little about the blacktip reef shark…

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(yes, many of these photos are crappy dark indoor kinda shots…)

We usually head in to see the bats (sorry, no photo could turn out in here), and Momma loves the warm “Tropics” with the bright red birds, the turtles, sometimes butterflies and fishes.

And the wee little monkeys.

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Then to the caimen, my favorite bright green snake which has NEVER moved, and icky spiders.
And, on to the Kiddie Disco and Dress Up Lounge…

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We’ve learned to time our visits to the rest of the Aquarium OPPOSITE to the shows to avoid all the crowds.

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We saw the new Baby Beluga!
We always take our lunch down “under” the Beluga tanks. For some reason it’s far warmer than the Dolphin tanks, and has bigger windows.

Then we pay the frogs a visit. I love the tiny, tiny ones.

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And, of course, we ALWAYS wander into the gift shops…

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One day we’ll treat ourselves to an overnight in front of the Beluga tanks – what a way to go.
Assuming the boys are still ocean-crazy by the time I can save up.
Thirty isn’t too old for a sleepover, is it??

Visit Vancouver Aquarium soon – and often.

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Lovin’ Vancouver! Our favorite places : Granville Island

We LOVE Granville Island. And for so many reasons…

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There’s the market. FOOD, food, food. Oyama Sausage, Armando’s Meats, Veggies galore, Italian cheeses and pastas, flowers… YUM.

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I do love to cook!
There’s the breakfast pear and brown sugar crepe with a small latte…

There’s the French guy (Joshua Minsky) with the bow tie who plays, well, French music.
I even bought a CD, which I play ALL the time!

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There are the pigeons…
Ok, so we don’t ALWAYS love those – see “Rain, rain you can stay“.

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Yes, Tt is actually smiling – it never really works when he does it on purpose!

There’s the view.
Whew. It’s just so beautiful.

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There’s the little Aqua buses that we can take a tour on for only a buck or two.
There’s Theatre Sports!
I’ve been going to shows here since I moved to Vancouver almost 20 years ago.
(Oh, I’m getting older…).

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There’s wine.
Which, for the record, I know NOTHING about. I have to keep labels when I like something and ask what’s recommended (for my budget) every time.
There’s the Stocks and Sauces stop, the Thai/Asian foods stop… Oh, I could go on. All day. Seriously.

There’s the Kids Market for toys!
(Too bad Hubby’s banned me from toy stores…).

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There’s the sweet baguette shop.
Where the French guy often plays… (Apropo, non?).

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And so very much more. I could go on about salmon pepperonis, duck confits, bead stores, glass making, rogers chocolates, early am tomatoes in season, water parks, seawall walks… How is it possible to have so much in one little spot of our city??

I need to go do an entire slide show for Granville Island – there are just too many pics for one little blog!
Will update later this week after our next Thursday picnic ;-).

If you’re heading to Vancouver for 2010, this stop is a must.
Mapquest location here.

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