Today was the first of our two free days in Denver. It was very relaxed, no early starts or no long bus rides. The only down side was that it was Greg’s last day with us. Although it was the last few hours with him, we have all enjoyed his company and we’re extremely grateful for all the work he has done for us for the Canada portion of this trip. To end things off, we drove to the historical Capilano Suspension Bridge, a 137m long bridge, 70m above the Capilano River. Upon arriving, we discovered that we were not the only group who wanted to explore the bridge. About four more school buses full of primary school children arrived at the same time as us. We all knew that it was not going to be the most peaceful part of our trip. But despite that fact, we all had our adventure hats on and were ready to explore.
It was a wobbly walk across but the views from the bridge were spectacular.
Once we made it across the bridge, there were different park attractions such as the Cliff walk, Nature’s edge, the Rainforest which we could walk through to learn about the nature of the forest that surrounds the park. One of them was the ‘Treetops Adventure’, a walk across seven suspension bridges from tree to tree 30m above the forest floor.
Totem poles were of high significance in Canada. They are carved trees of different shapes and animals that each convey a story or legend.
It was getting past lunch time which meant that time was up at the Capilano Suspension Bridge park. From there, we drove back to our hostel and said our final goodbyes to Greg and our most trusty and beloved bus! We had a free afternoon in Vancouver and some of us decided to catch a bus to Stanley Park and ride around the park for some fresh air. The bike ride around the park was 8.5km. There were small cafes and souvenir shops all around the park. While riding around the park, we came across three wave-less ‘beaches’, they were not as impressive as the beaches in Australia, but the atmosphere was peaceful and the weather was amazing for a relaxing afternoon in Vancouver.