Posts Tagged ‘Vancouver’

Harbour Air Vancouver city tours and excursions

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Spring Weather is kicking in bang on time and we are now entering the tourist season of 2016 in Vancouver. If you are visiting for a few days and would like to see quite a lot of the city and its surrounding areas you may want to consider using Harbour Air Seaplane tours for time, convenience and the incredible views. With sunny skies and very comfortable temperatures you can hear and see the seaplanes being very active around the city – so why not join in on the fun?

HARBOUR AIR SEAPLANES
Harbour Air consists of a fleet of DeHavilland Turbine Single Otter, DeHavilland Turbine Twin Otter & Beaver seaplanes that will life you off into the skies from the gorgeous Coal Harbour that is nestled between Canada Place and Stanley Park. The planes will take off over the waters of the Burrard inlet – they can fly you to 9 different locations including Victoria, Whistler and a few other locations on Vancouver island and the greater Vancouver area.

VANCOUVER PANORAMIC CITY TOURS
Departing from downtown Vancouver’s bustling Coal Harbour with a loop over the city and Stanley Park before landing back in front of the iconic Vancouver Convention Center.

Daily, operating year-round
20 minutes with a 10-minute flight
$85.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per adult
$49.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per child

VANCOUVER CLASSIC PANORAMA
Our most popular tour of the city and North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and includes a complete aerial view of the city and surrounding parks and beaches. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing.

20 minute tour
Daily, operating year-round
$119.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per adult
$65.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per child

For further information on flights to Whistler, Victoria & the lower mainland click here! http://www.harbourair.com/book-a-flight/routes-schedules/

City Tours and Bike rentals in Vancouver

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

One of the regular questions we receive at the hotel is “What is the best way to get around Vancouver?” here are some of the best options for you to see the city with the least amount of effort while being informative and as fun.

Using the vehicle may not be the best option within the downtown core, however, we do recommend using the vehicle to go further afield if you are feeling adventurous and will like to go your own way, please make sure that you ask us at the Front Desk for advice and pointers on how to get from A to B.

Vancouver has multiple options for you to get around the city, the most obvious being the Public Transportation of either Bus, Skytrain and of course Taxis. The bus and the Skytrain are run by Translink (who also run the Seabus from Vancouver to the city of North Vancouver at Lonsdale Quay). Taxis are everywhere, so when ordering they are usually at the hotel in under 5 minutes.

http://www.translink.ca/

What is so good about the Translink company running the bulk of the public transport is its efficiency, one ticket will last you 90 mins which means you are able to transfer on any mode of transport they offer within that hour and a half, and with Vancouver being a smaller city in consideration, that ticket will get you quite far at a very small cost.

TOUR OPERATORS

BIG BUS SIGHTSEEING TOURS.
As for sightseeing and a tour that will be fun and engaging, you will need to look no further than Big Bus. We have been recommending Big Bus for many many years, we strongly feel that they are one of the best ways to get yourself around Vancouver, they have great knowledge of the city, they are fun, engaging and above all very experienced within this industry. Their routes pretty much hit every major attraction within the city, such as Granville Island, Gastown and Stanley Park.

http://bigbus.ca/home/

There are various tours that they have on offer, the most popular being their Hop on Hop off excursions, you have an option of 1 day or 2 day passes, the best thing about Big Bus is that you can Purchase your ticket directly with us at the Front Desk as the stop is literally just around the corner from us, no more than a 30 second stroll on Thurlow Street. Perfect!

LANDSEA TOURS AND ADVENTURES.
For travelling further afield such as Whistler and Victoria, we will recommend Landsea Tours & Adventures. Landsea Tours are perfect if you have a limited amount of time, and are looking for a day trip to Whistler or Victoria or even the North Shore of Vancouver. The tours will come directly to the Hotel and from here, they will whisk you away to your destination where they will set the agenda that you get to see the major hotspots and have time to sight-see and explore the destination for a few hours.

The Victoria trip also includes the Famous Butchart Botanical Gardens, we highly recommend that if you need to visit Victoria and the Gardens, please consider this tour option, as it will be more productive to let Landsea tours set up your trip, whisk you away from your doorstep with less fuss and more to see!

http://www.vancouvertours.com/

ENGLISH BAY BIKE RENTALS
Located close to English bay on Davie St (a wee 10 minute walk down the hill) You will find these guys! They have a large stock of different bikes to suit your needs that you can use to get around the city, ask the Front Desk so you can get a discount voucher.

http://www.englishbaybikerentals.com/

Just remember, you can purchase your Big Bus and Landsea Tours at the front desk, we can also point you in the right direction for Limo Services if there are 5 or more that would like to travel together…

Discover the local wildlife of Vancouver

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

If you have been following our posts lately on Facebook and Twitter you will have noticed that the various local wildlife of BC have been causing a stir as of late. First off we had a guy in his car have an encounter with just not one Cougar but three in the Comox valley on Vancouver island. Meanwhile just off Ogden Point in Victoria a Sea-lion was spotted wrestling with an Octopus which is actually a common part of the Sea-lions diet, but what made this extra special was that it had actually been filmed which has not been captured too many times before. Then to end it all – we had some amazing footage of a Momma Bear with her three cubs frolicking on a roadside in British Columbia.

You can check out the footage of all these amazing moments here.
A trio of Cougars: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/02/vancouver-island-cougars-video/
A Sea-lion and Octopus wrestle: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/seal-wrestles-octopus-in-rarely-captured-scene-in-b-c-waters-1.2952020
Momma Bear and her Cubs: https://www.facebook.com/getbearsmartsociety/videos/10151117963329632/

THE MOST EASILY SPOTTED URBAN ANIMALS OF VANCOUVER
It seems hard to believe that there is so much wildlife within Vancouver and the surrounding areas that it surprises many of our guests who come to stay with us at the Sunset. The most easily spotted creatures are undoubtedly the city Squirrels, Crows, Birds of Prey and then the Skunks! We will break down the most popular animals that can be spotted around the city.

Squirrels
The most common squirrel in urban B.C., the Eastern Grey Squirrel, is actually an import from eastern Canada which was released into Stanley Park in 1909.
They were then introduced to Vancouver Island in 1966. Eastern Grey Squirrels are much larger than native squirrels, are either grey or black in colour, and flourish in urban environments.

Skunks
Notoriously famous for their distinctive bushy tail, black colour with white stripes and of course their smell if perturbed Skunks are everywhere throughout Vancouver- it does surprise many of our visitors as it is not an animal you would expect to reside in the city, but reside here they do and are guaranteed to be spotted everywhere especially after dark.

Raccoons
As well as the Skunks – you could easily say that these are their cousins or nemesis of the skunks, you will likely see just as many of these creatures as you would of them. Famous for their bandit like stripe across their eyes these cuties are one of the most intelligent urban species just getting by day to day just like us. Do not be surprised to see them anywhere in the city, sometimes you will even catch them down by the sea fishing or just enjoying a bathe!

Crows, Bald Eagles & the Great Blue Heron
Crows are everywhere in the city and love them or loathe them they really are a fabric of the Vancouver society. They get a special mention as the crows are easily spotted when they are travelling too and from their roost in the Burnaby area around Sunrise and Sunset, we mention this as it is one of the largest and most spectacular murder of Crows around and if you can see it you will certainly not forget it, this so called train of Crows can add up to a few thousand so keep your eyes out for this daily occurrence. Click here for footage over Commercial Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QuEjaG4Ghs

Bald Eagles are also everywhere and the best time to catch them is in the Spring and early Summer during Fledgling season although they can be spotted all year round. Vancouver is a prime area for spotting all kinds of Birds of Prey as we are lucky enough to be located in one of the busy migratory paths for these mighty and majestic birds.
In the 1960s only two pairs of bald eagles were nesting in the City of Vancouver – one pair in Stanley Park and one near UBC.
These large aerial predators nest in the forests of Stanley Park and throughout the greater Vancouver area and beyond, also they can be found in large trees on the waterfront. From their nests they overlook soccer and baseball games, arts venues, parking lots, picnics, houses and streets.

Stanley Park is home to one of the largest urban Great Blue Heron colonies in North America. They have been nesting at their current location behind the Tennis Courts at 2099 Beach Avenue since 2001 and have been documented nesting in various other locations in Stanley Park as far back as 1921. Today, sightings of these majestic birds in and around the park are common place.

You will certainly see them at the Waters edge picking for fish and you can actually get very very close to them if you are quiet and still, it is quite the sight to watch them as they effortlessly pick out the fish. We encourage every one to check out the Herons at the Tennis courts as it is a breathtaking site to witness. The best time of year to see them nesting is during Spring and early Summer!

For further information on the local wildlife check out the Stanley Park Ecological Society website: stanleyparkecology.castanleyparkecology.ca

Snowbus is now running excursions from Vancouver to Whistler

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Courtesy of Westcoast sightseeing and Big bus tours we welcome the return of the Snowbus for the Whistler winter season of 2015/2016. This runs until March 28th 2016

You can book tours with us at the Front desk so you can make the most of your stay by visiting the winter wonderland that is Whistler. Snowbus offers round trips and one way excursions with packages available to add on if you wish to ski the fantastic hills of Whistler Blackcomb.

So far the season has not disappointed. In Vancouver we are experiencing a succession of relentless rainstorms and mild temperatures, however, the same cannot be said for Whistler as this has been generally a pure snow storm event, as we write this blog there is around 153cm of Snow at the base and summit with more predicted to come with a drop in temperatures which is fantastic news.

Our closest stop to the Sunset inn and suites is at the Comfort Inn hotel on 654 Nelson Street – it is the same corner as Doolins Irish bar on the corner of Granville St.
Pick up times: Comfort Inn Downtown, Vancouver 6:30am & 1:45pm & 5:45pm (Fri Only)

Website: https://snowbus.com/

Cypress Mountain opens Friday! Grouse and Seymour opening soon…

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

It has been a wild, wet and stormy in the Pacific Northwest with many of us feeling a wee bit miserable at what has been a very soggy and dark week. This weather is really not all doom and gloom at all, as at this time of year if the wet stuff is falling on our heads down here in the city, well then there is a good chance it is falling as Snow up on the northshore mountains overlooking Vancouver, in fact the Weather systems have provided the mountaintops with an above average dump of the white stuff so early on in the season.

Cypress Mountain due to open on Friday November 20th 2015
Last year we were hoping for a great season for skiing which ended up being one of the worst in memory, November was promising in 2014 but as the season transitioned from Autumn to Winter it became unusually dry and mild, so come February even the Snow makers on the Ski hills could not operate due to the balmy conditions, the temperatures and prolonged dry spells were more akin to Spring conditions we are more familiar with during March.

We are only midway through November 2015 and we have had more than a promising start as accumulating snow has arrived in abundance – so much so that some resorts in the interior of BC are open for business, check out Big White http://www.bigwhite.com/geo/van/ in Kelowna which opened last weekend, and at the time of writing has already 118cm of Snow at its base.

Cypress Mountain is planning to open a few of its runs in a couple of days time, at the moment there is 45cm of Snow at the base, the snowy conditions did briefly turn to rain, however, it does look like a building high pressure ridge is going to form, this will encourage cool, crisp conditions which will be perfect for the Snow making machines to be running so Skiing conditions will be great for the public.

Cypress Coach lines – West end pick up.
You can take transportation up to Cypress mountain via the Cypress coach lines shuttle – the location is a little under a 5 minute walk from the Sunset Inn hotel at the North-West corner of Davie and Thurlow Street (across from Starbucks). View the map here: https://www.google.ca/maps?q=Davie+street+at+Thurlow&hl=en&ll=49.28056,-123.130935&spn=0.001816,0.00327&hnear=Davie+St+%26+Thurlow+St,+Vancouver,+Greater+Vancouver,+British+Columbia&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=49.280417,-123.131234&panoid=S0dLdm-cmFwBEkfHek3Zww&cbp=12,44.84,,0,0

Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour should be opening hot on the heels of Cypress mountain – please keep checking their websites for updates.

Grouse Mountain: https://www.grousemountain.com/
Mount Seymour: http://mountseymour.com/

Big Bus Hop on Hop off Winter Hours & Vantage Whistler Winter tours

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The BIG BUS Hop on, Hop off sightseeing tours have officially switched to their Winter hours and routes as of mid October 2015.

The frequency of these tours will be every 60 minutes every day with the first buses leaving at 9.15am and the final routes at 3.15pm. The closest stop to the Sunset Inn and Suites will be on Burrard Street outside the Century Plaza hotel pick up stop #16. The first Bus arrives at this stop at 10.16am.

Rain or shine Big Bus have a great reputation for an easy no fuss tour that enables you to see the very best of Vancouver and you will be fed plenty of information about Vancouver. Tickets can be purchased directly at the Hotel with payment by credit Card only.

About Big Bus Hop on Hop off
The Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Pass is a fun and flexible way to see the best of Vancouver! Check out their Live Bus Map to find a stop near you. http://westcoastsightseeing.com/live-bus-map/ Our buses are equipped with GPS so you know exactly where we are in the city!

Cruise and choose from over 20 stops at world-class attractions. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Vancouver at your own pace, complete with one-of-a-kind commentary.

Included with your Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Pass:
Mix it up! Choose from over 20 stops to create your adventure
Free one-way ferry ride to the public market, galleries and colourful culture of Granville Island
As many as 7 stops in Stanley Park, voted the best urban park in the world
World-class commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin
Vancouver’s only company with convertible, clear-top bus covers for stunning views rain or shine

For further information on their city tours click here: https://westcoastsightseeing.com/hop-on-hop-off/

VANTAGE WHISTLER TOURS
With the Winter season soon knocking on our doors it is time to look north and towards Whistler – Canada’s premier Ski resort – one of the best ways to enjoy Whistler and this Winter wonderland is by using Vantage Whistler tours!

Vantage Whistler offers daily sightseeing tours from Vancouver to Whistler. We provide hotel service, pick up and drop off at your downtown location. Experience 6 stops on our tour, which include Prospect Point in Stanley Park, Cypress Mountain, Porteau Cove, Shannon Falls, Brandywine Falls, and Whistler Village. Spend over 4 hours of free time exploring Whistler which is full of great attractions. The tours are commentated and include complimentary snacks and drinks. And if it happens to rain on the day of your tour, we also provide you with an umbrella. The duration of the round trip tour is approximately 11 hours, starting at 8:00am in Vancouver and returning by 7:00pm. We provide all tours using Mercedes-Benz Sprinters. We also keep the tour groups to a maximum of 11 guests per bus, offering a more private tour experience.

Website: http://www.vantagewhistler.com/

The Fall & Winter hours of 3 must see Vancouver attractions.

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

As the season transitions through Fall into the Winter hours many major attractions will be changing their schedules in line with the changing of daylight hours and volume of tourism traffic.

GROUSE MOUNTAIN
Many of the attractions at Grouse Mountain have closed for the season due to weather conditions, however, there are still activities that will be carrying on until the resort changes for the Winter season and hopefully the snows will return for the ski season.
A few of the regular attractions such as the Sky Ride 8:45am-10:00pm, Theatre in the sky 9:30am-9:00pm and the Eye of the Wind (Wind Turbine) Guided Tours 11:00am-3:00pm – are all still in operation.

Click on the following link to see what the Seasonal Activities are in operation and you can also see the schedule for the upcoming Winter Season. https://www.grousemountain.com/current_conditions#activities-guide

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Capilano Fall/Winter hours are as follows:
October 13 – November 26 9:00am – 5:00pm
November 27 – January 3 -(Closed Christmas Day – Dec 25) 11:00am – 9:00pm
– to find out Winter hours for 2016 keep checking the Capilano website and follow our Facebook page and blogs for future information.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver, British Columbia. The reason is simple, there are so many things to see and do.

The Canyon Lights will begin on from November 27, 2015 through to Sunday, January 3, 2016. (Closed Christmas Day – December 25th). Park hours are 11:00am – 9:00pm. Canyon Lights tickets are valid all day with holiday activities beginning at 4:00pm.
Celebrate Canyon Lights November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall!), go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band.

Website: http://www.capbridge.com/

GRANVILLE ISLAND & PUBLIC MARKET
During the actual Winter – the Granville Island Public Market will be closed on Mondays – the actual date this begins is still to be confirmed. The current hours through fall are as follows.

Granville Island Public Market Hours: Open 7 days a week: 9am – 7pm
Browse the aisles and sample local and exotic flavours from the very best farmers, bakers, butchers and fishmongers. All fresh. All the time. There’s crafts galore and buskers too. Plus a waterfront courtyard for people-watching.
Website: http://granvilleisland.com/public-market

Net Loft – Open 7 days a week: 10am – 7pm
The Net-Loft has a selection of Stores, shops and crafts – plus eateries for you to enjoy – click here for the full business directory http://granvilleisland.com/directory-location/directory-location/net-loft

Kids Market Hours: Open 7 days a week: 10am – 6pm
A wee hidden gem in the heart of Granville Island – The Kids Market is located next to the pond at the entrance to Granville Island and has over 25 shops, services and activities for children and their families.
The Kids Market is housed in an old factory which is over 100 years old, two annex buildings and a train caboose. Shop and play indoors or enjoy the patio and play area beside the pond! Splash around in the water park that is right next door!
Website: http://www.kidsmarket.ca/#welcome

The Public Market and Net Loft will be keeping regular hours on Remebrance Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

Vancouver Brewery Tours

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Do you like craft beer? Do you like to wander around the city while stopping by some great bars for an outstanding beer but have no idea where to find them – well worry no more as Vancouver Brewery tours are here to help you out!

Founded in 2013 Vancouver Brewery tours recognise that Vancouver is in the midst of a fantastic Craft Beer explosion and they want you to see and experience the very best craft beer establishments in downtown Vancouver. Their mission is for you the consumer to help support the smaller local craft brewers and to taste specialty beers that you will only find in these little gems. The community is growing ever stronger as the months and years go by and they are really helping to put Vancouver on the map as one of the top tourist destinations in this market.

What tours are on offer?
Vancouver Brewery Tours offers you two choices for tours, weekly Public Tours and by request Private Group Tours.

Public Tours
Public tours are offered year round, run every week from Tuesday to Sunday, and are the best way to experience Vancouver’s craft beer scene. Whether you’re a thirsty local or a curious visitor to our beautiful city, we’ve got a tour for you! Public tours book up quickly so reserve your spot early.

Public Tours are offered year round at the following times:
Tuesday 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Thursday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm to 5:00pm
Saturday 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Leave the keys at home and the driving to us! We’ll meet you at Waterfront Station, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where you’ll embark on a brewery tour journey you won’t forget that includes the following:

3 brewery visits in 3 or 4 hours
Pick up, drop off and transportation to and from the breweries
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides
Behind the scenes brewery tours
VIP seating and entrance
From grain to glass: an introduction to the brewing process
A Vancouver Brewery Tours souvenir pint glass
And PLENTY of craft beer samples at each stop
Learn more about Public Tours including which breweries are scheduled for each day here.

Private Group Tours
Private brewery tours are perfect for groups looking to reserve the entire van for private functions. From birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate and client appreciation events, we specialize in hosting custom, fun and memorable tours for any occasion. With up to 28 seats available and two 2 brewery tour vans, leave the details to Vancouver’s brewery tour specialists and call us today.

The Breweries that Vancouver brewery tours use: http://vancouverbrewerytours.com/Breweries.aspx

Blogpage: http://vancouverbrewerytours.com/Home/News.aspx

Queen Elizabeth Park is 75 years old!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015


Come celebrate Queen Elizabeth Park’s 75th year. Take in a free concert, enjoy our licensed area, free pitch and putt, free admission at the Bloedel Conservatory, $5.00 zipline rides, food trucks, family fun, and much more!

Queen Elizabeth Park
The park itself is located right in the middle of Vancouver and is one of the highest points of the city – the location is affectionately known as ‘Little Mountain’.
Some of the gardens are found to be a in a sunken hollow – this is actually the remnant scarring as the land was once used as a quarry, the rocks that were taken were used to lay down the new road systems for the growing city of Vancouver at the time.

The idea was to transform the ugly scarring of the Quarry into sunken gardens on top of the hill, the growth of plants that had become quite overgrown and not a very good sight to the eye was also transformed to create a larger park for the public to enjoy. The site had been turned over to the Vancouver Park Board for park and recreation purposes, and was dedicated as such by King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth (the mother of Queen Elizabeth II) on their much lauded visit to Vancouver in 1939, as King and Queen of Canada.

Happy 75th Birthday QE
As this is a very big birthday there will be some great events and activities happening in celebration.

Live Music Stage schedule
Beginning at 12:00 noon to 12:30pm with Opening Speeches

12:30pm to 1:30pm Pop Junkies
1:45pm to 2:45pm Hot Panda
3:00pm to 4:15pm Patrick Nazemi
4:30pm to 5:30pm The Zolas
5:45pm to 7:00pm Delhi 2 Dublin

At 2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm there will be an aerial show by CircusWest at the fountain plaza.

All day activities from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm with the Stanley Park Brewing licensed area.
$5.00 zipline rides
Free pitch & putt
Free admission at the Bloedel Conservatory
Face painting at the fountain plaza
Photo booth at the fountain plaza
Pickleball at the tennis courts
Free drop-in at the QE lawn bowling club

City of Vancouver QEP: http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

Urban Wildlife in Vancouver

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Vancouver is highly rated as one of the most stunning cities in the world to visit and it is very hard not to see why. The city is situated in a temperate rainforest that encompasses much of the Pacific Northwest and is greeted by vigorous weather systems that barrel in from the massive Pacific Ocean for 9 months of the year. Due to this and the large mountains that greet the weather Vancouver and Vancouver Island is an area that has incredible dense forests and amazing fauna that is home to some incredible wildlife.

Nature in the city – meet your fellow neighbours!
It is not unusual for a guest to come in from sightseeing and being quite surprised and astonished at some of the animals that they have just spotted in the city – to many of us it is just a normal every day occurrence, however, we really do appreciate and love the diversity of the local flora and fauna that makes up the fabric of the city. So let us introduce to you the local wildlife of Vancouver.

Skunks, Raccoons and Squirrels
These animals are everywhere and are easily spotted all year round but more especially in the Summer months and after nightfall – however, if these creatures are hungry enough you will catch them in the daytime too. It is likely you will see a skunk more regularly than a Raccoon and when you do you will probably see a few as they tend to wander around with their young.
We do not advise that you feed these animals, they are cute but there is always the possibility that they may bite and Skunks are famous for spraying an oily substance that smells like an awful strong stench of Sulphur and marijuana – not a great smell. They are harmless overall though, so if you wish to have a peak of them you can do so but give them their space as they go on their merry way.

There are so many Squirrels here it seems unreal, you will always catch them scurrying around the streets and up the trees – they are pretty tame overall and have really worked out how to live in harmony in the city.

Bald Eagles, Crows and Herons
These birds are by far the most noticeable of all the animals in the city all year round – the Bald Eagles are certainly more noticeable in the Spring and Summer months due to the Fledgling season where they have many options to hunt for food and this can easily be seen when you are out and about in the city. One of the signs that there is a bald eagle not too far above you is when you hear the Seagulls and Crows crying out a warning cry to each other as they are fearlessly protecting their young from being prey, if you hear this commotion look up – it is almost guaranteed that a large bald eagle or other type of Bird of Prey is about to swoop down and feed itself and its own chicks.

Crows are everywhere in Vancouver and they are one of the most respected and revered creatures that many of us have a love hate relationship with. There is a fantastic phenomenon that happens daily in Vancouver which involves thousands of Crows heading to and from their roosting spot in Burnaby. The murder of crows is quite the sight to see and happens at Sunrise and Sunset every day – if you have a keen eye you will spot the spectacular ‘Crow train’.

Check out this Video of the Crows going home: https://youtu.be/IhVdcjyKdSU

The other gorgeously majestic Bird to spot in Vancouver is the Great Blue Heron. The Herons you can find wading in the shallow waters at pretty much any Beach in and around Vancouver and soaring smoothly in the skies above you. For a better sighting of these birds you need to head to Stanley Park near the Tennis courts, here, the Herons have been nesting at this site for quite a few years and there are roughly around 80 nests at top of the trees and the months of April to June are the prime time to catch them rearing their chicks.

For further Animal watching head to the Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park where you can see all the above creatures but lots of Ducks, Canada Geese, Turtles and plenty of people if you like to people watch!

For further information on Vancouver wildlife check these sites out.
Stanley Park Ecological Society http://stanleyparkecology.ca/

Vancouver Aquarium http://www.vanaqua.org/