Since L had training (the whole reason for this trip) I decided to run along the sea wall at Stanley park. It was a beautiful overcast day for a run.
The water was so calm and reflected the downtown as if it was a mirror.
I ran from our hotel to Stanley park which was about 2 kilometers away. I ran along the sea wall to get there. For this run I stayed on the outer perimeter of the park- about 10k total around the whole thing and did not incorporate any of the hills from the 5k I did (which was contained to the roads of the interior part of the park.)
A few K's into my run I came across the totems in Stanley park. Most of them were relatively new, made by local artists.
I also came across a statue of a famous Canadian athlete from the late 1800's.
I also saw a good graffiti near a lighthouse type thing.
I also saw the famous "Girl in wetsuit" statue which represents Vancouver's dependence on the sea.
Did I already mention how absolutely stunning running around the sea wall is!?
I saw some cool black and white ducks and huge ass seagulls.
I also ran under the bridge which you would take of you went to Whistler.
I was surprised that it wasn't too busy for a Sunday morning. I saw some runners and walkers- the cyclists have to stay on a separate path away from the pedestrians.
While it was overcast and raining very lightly, I enjoyed this run immensely. My legs were still a bit tired and sore from Friday's flight, but it was nice to run almost 8 miles in the morning.
Post run I met L for a quick lunch at a hole in the wall sushi place near our hotel called "Shizen Ya." Holy crap the quality of the fish was amazing! And it was just a normal nothing special place. We absolutely enjoyed the chicken gyoza, spicy tuna roll, albacore roll, and the mango California roll.
After lunch I went out in the rain to go shopping. I really wanted to buy an outfit from Canada. So I went in nearly every shop on Robson and ended up getting a few dresses from FCUK and some other small items. (Pro tip: bring a small umbrella with you. It rains a lot here.)
I also went to starbucks where I had a nice creative version of my name on my cup.
For dinner we went to "Alibi room." It is an amazing gastro pub with all the best Canadian beers on tap. Our waiter was super knowledgable about the foods and beers and was impressed we were there- he said Alibi Room is more of a "locals" kind of spot.
We had some delicious Canadian craft beers as well as these curry mussels which were out of this world amazing!
After day 3 I was falling in love more and more with the 'couver. The food, the people and the scenery are all amazing!
Me in my new dress. :)
I'm so happy it worked out that L had training in Vancouver- it was a nice way to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!!!