I’ve finally got the time to sit down and tabulate my thoughts on the amazing things I saw while I was on holiday. I think out of all the countries/places I have been to (which aren’t a lot, but still), I would say Vancouver is the most amazingly beautiful place ever! It was so beautiful! The air felt so pure and clean, the sightseeing was amazing, shopping was great :D, it was just a really nice place. We enjoyed every single day and when our 4 days was up, it was kind of sad to go. Apparently the weather in Autumn is a bit rainy and dreary but Alhamdulillah the 4 days that we were there were perfect, it was the perfect blend of warm sunshine and chilly autumn wind.
We finished our shopping in the first 2 days because daddy dearest had business stuff to attend to and he insisted we wait for him to go sightseeing. We didn’t get to see everything up close, we covered as much as possible and only stopped at the big attractions. Stanley Park was so beautiful! If I had to live there for the rest of my life, I would have no objection. The view of the city from the park was beautiful, the trees, the amazing air, it was magical. I don’t think I’ve ever really loved nature as much as I did in Vancouver. If you really want to see Allah (SWT)’s amazing creations Vancouver is a place to go. The forests and the lake, everything is so beautiful, Mashallah! My mother and I just sat by the river bank, eating ice cream sandwiches gawking at the beauty. If we didn’t have to stay on schedule we would have just stayed there the whole day.
These are just snap shots of the view of the city from Stanley Park. My camera does no justice to the beautiful view!
We had a city tour but I think Grouse Mountain was properly the most unique experience. I was so amazed that so many people actually climb the whole mountain just for exercise, some do it everyday. We of course took a cable car to the top. We got to see the two resident bears, Grinder and Coola. They were so cute! Apparently they are still bears and they can be dangerous but as they played in the water, you just couldn’t help but watch them. We were, Alhamdulillah, lucky to catch them because sometimes they don’t come to the enclosed areas.
Of course we visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge, as well as the new attraction, The Cliff Walk. So the suspension bridge is basically a really long bridge which is suspended in mid air. When people walk on it it tends to swing, swerve and bounce. This was probably one of the most terrifying things I’ve done (Yes, I’m scared of heights). Roller coasters don’t scare me, this scares me. In retrospect I do have to thank the tour guide who would not take no for an answer. She insisted that I suck it up and keep going just because at the end of the day I could be proud of myself. So I did it, I was repeating Allahu Akbar and the Shahadah all the way, but I did it! 😀 Of course the catch is once your done with the Treetop Adventure, the only way back is through the bridge, once more. But I can say, now, that it was worth it and I’m glad I did it.
The Suspension Bridge
The Cliff Walk
So far Vancouver is probably my favorite city ever. I just found it so beautiful and there’s something about it. People are so different. They respect nature so much. They are so active, pleasant and peaceful. It almost inspires you to also be active. I’m not much of an outdoorsy type but I actually wanted to go camping, riding, hiking (this was big coz I hate hiking!), bird watching, and everything else which had to do with being submerged by all of the beautiful nature. If you go to Canada, I definitely recommend Vancouver, and Stanley Park. It’s just such a nice place to jog, relax, or just have a picnic. The whole time there I was praising Allah (SWT) because no matter what we build or create, it’s nothing compared to his amazingly beautiful creations.