Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I wanted to write a blog post last night but I want to hold that one off to write about this one instead. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup last night against the Vancouver Canucks, woohoo! On that note, I thought I would do a post about Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Vancouver is on the western coast of Canada and is the third largest metropolitan area in the country. Vancouver has developed in the past several decades to be the third largest film production center in North America after Los Angeles and New York. For this reason, Vancouver has recently been dubbed “Hollywood North.” Officially incorporated in 1886, the city has just celebrated its 125th anniversary. Although not as interesting as the city of Boston (hahaha), here are some places to check out while in Vancouver.

The H.R. MacMillan Planetarium is an astronomy museum founded in 1968. The museum is named after H.R. MacMillan, a British Columbia industrialist and philanthropist. This is a site to see especially in the summer when the skies are clearer.

The VanDusen Botanical Garden is a public garden in Vancouver and is a place you cannot miss while you’re there. There are multiple exhibits always happening around the year and as you can see: everything is breathtaking! With just a small admission fee, you can browse around the whole garden for as long as you’d like and get lost in the beauty of all the colors you’ll see around you.

If you’re up for a little adventure while in Vancouver, you can choose to go whale watching with the Prince of Whales. This company offers not only whale watching by boat but also flightseeing tours! They will take you up in the air and make a round trip between Vancouver and Victoria. You can watch as massive killer whales, baleen whales and other sea mammals such as seals, sea lions and otters roam around their habitats.

We’ve explored the city of Vancouver in British Columbia. Hope you enjoyed it! Now may not be such a good time to visit because it’s probably a tear-fest over there after the game last night…but it’s still a unique place to enjoy another time. :)

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