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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Vancouver you can see these species: Forster’s Tern, Heermann’s Gull, Long-billed Dowitcher, Ancient Murrelet, Mute Swan, Vesper Sparrow and Yellow Warbler.
At Birding Vancouver (http://birding.bc.ca/) you will find a list of habitats and what species you are likely to spot.
Nature Vancouver (naturevancouver.ca/Birding_Birding_Sites) provides another excellent site source.
Hello BC (hellobc.com/vancouver/things-to-do/parks-wildlife/bird-watching.aspx) gives us more information on the parks, Bald Eagles and Blue Herons.
Shopping: Everywhere you go in Vancouver there are shops, boutiques, stores and galleries to tempt your indulgence.
Transportation: What you need to know is here (tourismvancouver.com/go/getting-around/transit-system/)
Business Information: Vancouver is open for your Business! Check out (biv.com)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Day One: Head for The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – Daily: 9;30-7, 578 Carrall St, 604-662-3207
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was the first garden of its kind outside of China. It is an authentic representation of an age old garden tradition which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence.
With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.
The Ming dynasty scholars, the elite of their time, lived and worked in their gardens, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar’s garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation.
Lunch today is at Hawksworth – B,L,D: Daily, 801 W Georgia St, 604-673-7000
You could start with the roasted carrot salad with avocado, crème fraiche, almonds and dill or the dungeness crab and jalapeño spaghettini with shrimp, fennel and lemon.
With either of these courses try the La Stella ‘Lastellina’ Merlot Rosato 2009.
For your main we suggest the parmesan crusted chicken and artichoke ravioli with almond crusted salsify dressed in a chili lemon vinaigrette or the coconut red curry halibut and mussels with bean sprouts and shoestring potatoes.
The Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir 2007 will carry these entrees.
Next check out The University of British Columbia – 2329 W Mall, 604-822-2211
A favorite place at UBC is The Museum of Anthropology – Tu-Su: 10-5, Tu: till 9, at 6393 Northwest Marine Drive. The MOA includes a number of large sculptures, totem poles, and cultural artifacts.
It’s primary focus is on the First Nations of the Northwest Coast featuring a collection of 38,000 ethnological objects from all continents. It has a beautiful setting with great views.
It’s time to take a break and enjoy some more delicious Canadian wines at Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar – D: M-Sa, 1138 Homer St, 604-915-9463
Here you can enjoy a BC wine flight that includes Thornhaven Gewurztraminer, Stoneboat Pinot Gris and a Lake Breeze Pinot Blanc, or if you prefer red you can try the Tinhorn Cabernet Franc, Pentage Pentage and the Burrowing Owl Syrah.
Brix has interesting small plate offerings to accompany your wine choice.
Dinner this evening is like no other you have had. The restaurant is Vij’s– D: Nightly, 1480 W 11th St, 604-736-6664
Start with the grilled coconut kale on pearl barley pilaf or the curried chickpeas and sweet potato ricotta “cookies”.
A glass of the Sokol Blosser Evolution would work with either.
A favorite main is wine marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek curry on tumeric and spinach potatoes or the pork tenderloin in tangy cayenne and ginger curry.
Wash it down with the Pio Del Ramo Monastrell.
Day Two: Breakfast is at Terra Breads – B,L: Daily, 2380 W 4th St, 604-736-1838
In addition to Terra’s own granola you can get fruit-topped focaccias, scones, cinnamon buns and muffins to start your day.
A unique adventure to experience is to walk the The Capilano Suspension Bridge – Daily: 8:30 – 8, 3735 Capilano Rd
Voices from Vancouver’s past mingle with the sounds of nature while beautiful gardens skirt colorful totem poles. British Columbia First Nations artisans chisel legend into cedar, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the serenity of a West Coast rain forest and Canada’s award-winning tourist attraction, Treetops Adventure.
Team building business opportunity: The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers a professional special event planning team and a variety of unique venues accommodating groups of 30 to 700 for social gatherings and corporate functions.
Lunch today is at Le Crocodile – L & D: M-Sa, 100-909 Burrard St, 604-669-4298
A good beginning here is the seared goat cheese on mesclun greens with a balsamic dressing or the Alsatian onion tart with curly endive salad.
The Thornhaven Gewurztraminer 2010 would be a nice pairing with either dish.
Then move on to the crab ravioli with an Alfredo cream sauce, smoked salmon and a parmesan gratinee or the roasted chicken breast with a Pommery mustard sauce and a shitake mushroom risotto.
Pair these choices with the Mission Hill ‘SLC’ Chardonnay 2007.
Another unique adventure our cousin recommends is the Van Dusen Botanical Garden – Daily: 9 – 9, 5251 Oak St, 604-257-8335.
This spectacular 55-acre garden in the heart of Vancouver has matured into a botanical garden of international stature since opening to the public in 1975.
The mild Vancouver climate allows the cultivation of an outstanding plant collection which is a delight any time of the year.
VanDusen’s collection includes 11,500 accessioned plants representing more than 7,300 plant families and 255,000 individual plants from around the world.
Their plant collections represent ecosystems that range from tropical South Africa, to the Himalayas, to South America and the Mediterranean, across Canada’s Boreal forests and Great Plains to plants native to their own Pacific Northwest.
Dinner is at our friend John Bishop’s – D: M-Sa, 2183 W. 4th Ave, 604-738-
To start we suggest the rabbit and cherry terrine with mustard greens, carrot salad, hazelnuts in a cherry gastrique or the asparagus salad with house cured ham and a soft poached egg.
Try the Sumac Ridge ‘Stellars Jay’ Brut 2007 to accompany your starter.
For your entrée order the ling cod with semolina gnocchetta’s, peas, sautéed fava beans and browned butter or the Elk strip loin with mushroom croquettes, morels and chanterelles.
The Joie PTG 2008 – Pinot Noir / Gamay is a good match. For dessert go for the Rose honey panna cotta with local berries and frozen lemon yogurt and a glass of ’96 Chateau Brouset Sauternes.
Day Three: Breakfast is at Café Medina – B,L: Daily, 556 Beatty Street, 604-879-3114
Your choices include the Fricasse which is 2 fried eggs, shortribs, roasted potatoes, onions, watercress, cheddar and grilled foccacia or the Cassoulet composed of 2 fried eggs on baked beans, saucison, smoked bacon, andouille and grilled foccacia.
After that heart stopper let’s visit Stanley Park, situated on a peninsula at the northwestern edge of downtown Vancouver.
As Vancouver’s first park, with its ever-blooming gardens, pristine coastal areas and roughly 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees, Stanley Park has continued to live up to its “greenspace” designation for more than 120 years.
The park is surrounded by water, with beaches and lakes that are good for walking around and others that are great for swimming. Stanley Park’s most famous feature is its impressive Seawall, an 8.8-kilometre paved route that loops around the park.
While in Stanley Park you should visit The Vancouver Aquarium – Daily: 9:30-6, 845, Avison Way, 604-659-3474
The Vancouver Aquarium currently houses around 300 species of fish, almost 30,000 invertebrates, and 56 species of amphibians and reptiles. They also have around 60 mammals and birds.
It is a self-supporting, non-profit society dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display, communication, public programming and education, research and direct action.
Take a little time to check out The Vancouver Art Gallery – Daily: 10-5, Tu,Su: till 9, 750 Hornby St, 604-662-4700
The Vancouver Art Gallery has a collection of about 10,000 works. Established in 1931, it is a principal repository of works produced in this region, as well as related works by other Canadian and international artists.
The Gallery owns the largest and most significant group of paintings and works on paper by the modernist landscape painter Emily Carr.
The Gallery’s European historical collection includes Dutch paintings from the seventeenth century.
For another dining experience in Vancouver our cousin suggests Blue Water Café and Raw Bar – D: Nightly, 1095 Hamilton St, 604-688-8078
Start with the smoked sockeye salmon terrine with golden caviar marinated in sake, green onion creme fraiche, pumpernickel and toasted filberts or the dungeness crab with white asparagus panna cotta, celery, peanuts, sultanas and green apple froth.
The Stoneboat Pinot Gris 2010 is a good choice.
For your entrée try the sablefish with a miso sake glaze, baby bok choy, edamame quinoa, shiitake mushrooms, bonito dashi with soy and yuzu or the white sturgeon in a pumpernickel crust with a cauliflower puree, roasted golden chioggia beets and a garnet beet agro dolce.
The Kettle Valley Viognier 2008 would be great with either entrée.
While you’re in this area and if you have another day we strongly suggest a side trip to Victoria Island where you can see the Butchart Gardens – Summer: 9 AM – 10 PM, Spring & Fall: 9-4, 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, 250-652-5256
Butchart Gardens is a garden attraction located in Brentwood Bay of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Victoria attraction consists of a network of walking trails accessing lavish floral gardens, fountains, ponds and rock gardens.
The gardens are open year round. The rose collection of the garden is one of the best in the world. Each rose is marked with the country of origin. Overall there are 117 varieties of tea rose plants, 64 types of floribundas, and 400 grandiflora roses planted on the 55 acres of Butchart Gardens.
The rhododendrons are a dominating sight in the early spring. The assortment of perennials are a highlight throughout most of the year. The Chinese Gardens and the Italian Gardens are big attractions during the fall.
Butchart Gardens is always entertaining families with such events as fireworks displays and stage shows running in the summer between July and August. The winter season, especially near holiday season, the Butchart Gardens are decorated in Christmas lights accompanied by carolers and a brass band bringing joy to the world.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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