I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe something in me changed after having children, but I am becoming less and less a fan of being very high up. The Skyride lift to the top of Grouse mountain, even though it was in a closed off compartment, made me a little uneasy. In the past something similar, like a rollercoaster, wouldn’t phase me. But the ride was definitely something not to be missed! The view from up there was spectacular, subhanAllah, we got the perfect bird’s eye view of Vancouver city below. Once we reached the top, we hiked and checked out the area. There were a lot of different sights, like engraved statues, an ice rink in the making, ziplines, and a wind turbine to name a few.
I really enjoyed spending time at the bear habitat watching one of the bears lazily eat his fish, while a crow hopped eagerly closer and closer waiting for the opportune moment. It was quite the spectacle. Once the bear trudged away to get a drink of water, the crow snatched up a piece of leftovers and bounced away. It was comical to see the bear’s expression when he glanced back at his food and then looked over at the crow, realizing what had happened. However, the bear continued in his lazy way and made no effort to reclaim his meal.
We also took another lift, an open chairlift, to yet an even higher point, where a giant wind turbine sat at the top of the mountain. My husband and I, along with my eldest daughter went up, with our feet dangling, and I of course was holding on to my daughter tightly, afraid she would slip out! We didn’t stay too long at the summit because my two little ones were down below waiting for us with family members.
Before getting back on the Skyride lift to head back down the mountain side, we sat outside the gift shop on the balcony area, taking in the views. I even had a moment to do a little bit of sketching of the trees, and it was so relaxing Alhumdulillah. I am trying to get into a routine of doing a bit of nature sketching every week, and what would’ve been a better place to start than beautiful Vancouver? InshaAllah once I collect a few more sketches I will try and share them with you here.
I am almost at the end of sharing our trip to Vancouver, just one more post about Whistler inshaAllah!