Beautiful Vancouver-Part 2
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A view in VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver in Canada.
A corner of Heron Lake in VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver
Considered one of the top ten public gardens in North America, VanDusen Botanical Garden has over 255,000
plants representing more than 7,300 varieties of plants from around the world, there's always something in
bloom at the Garden, and that's especially true in the summertime.
Flowers in VanDusen Botanical Garden
A heron at the Heron Lake
VanDusen's enormous plant collection has species from around the world -  from South Africa, Asia, the
Himalayas, South America, New Zealand, the Canadian Arctic, the Pacific Northwest, etc.  each arranged in
picturesque landscape settings.
A picturesque pond full of lily pads in VanDusen Botanical Garden
Water lily in the pond. There are also many fish and turtles in the pond.
At VanDusen, you feel sequestered from the bustling city; it's a fairytale land of slender, winding paths, gently
rolling hills and sweet wooden bridges spanning ponds full of lily pads. It's this sort of landscaping-quaint and
storybook-like--that gives VanDusen its distinctive, intimate feel.
Most plants and flower beds are labeled, making it easy to identify the type of flora and its origins if you
allocate enough time to enjoy this beautiful garden.
In addition to visiting VanDusen Botanical Garden, we also drove on the afternoon of August 7, 2009 to North
Vancouver to get on this gondola Skyride to go up to the top of the majestic Grouse Mountain which is known
as the Peak of Vancouver with the peak elevation of 1250 m (4100 ft) above the city. On a clear day, one
could enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the beautiful Vancouver from the top of Grouse Mountain.
However, this photo shows that on the afternoon of August 7, the upper part of the Grouse Mountain was
covered by heavy fog/cloud. However, as a bird watcher, I enjoyed the Birds of Prey show on the Grouse
Mountain as shown in the following photos:
A falcon in the Birds in Motion show.
A hawk (or golden eagle?) in the Birds in Motion show
The fog was very heavy such that I could take the photos when those big birds were resting but could not
take their photos well when they were in action performing the show in flight.
We also saw grizzly bears in the bear habitat, and arctic wolf in the wolf habitat at the Grouse Mountain.
More photos of flowers in VanDusen Botanical Garden.
We toured Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver in the morning of August 8,
2009. Then we returned the rental car at the rental car office in downtown Vancouver a few city blocks from the
The rental car company had a shuttle van which took us into the Canada Place to board the Sapphire Princess
Cruise ship.

VanDusen Botanical Garden is located at 5251 Oak Street (and West 37th Avenue) in Vancouver, Canada.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing the location of VanDusen Botanical Garden


The gondola Skyride for Grouse Mountain is at 6400 Nancy Greene Way in North Vancouver, Canada. It is
about 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing the location of Skyride for Grouse Mountain


Again, my GPS navigator has been very helpful to take us smoothly to any destination of interest to us at any
time (day or night, rain or shine) as described on my web page at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Navigator.html

My camera costs only about $350. It is Canon PowerShot SX10 IS which is a compact super-zoom digital
camera with 20X optical zoom. It is NOT a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. A detailed description of the
benefits of compact super-zoom digital camera for tourists is on my Travelogue web page at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Benefits_of_Compact_SuperZoom.html


Part 1 of my web page on Beautiful Vancouver is at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Beautiful_Vancouver.html
Part 1 of our 14-day tour of Alaska is at:

http://
www.shltrip.com/Go_To_See_Alaska_Part_1_Glacier_Bay.html
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