Journals by Interns at Vancouver English Centre, in Vancouver, Canada.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
North Shore Orientation
I was at the North Shore Orientation today with two other Japanese students and it was fun.
Our first stop was Robson Street. An awesome shopping place, especially during the weekends at nights you can see amazingly styled men and women. Never seen so many beautiful people..hehe.
Well our next stop was Stanley Park and I want to tell students that it’s a walking distance. You can walk to Stanley Park. It’s only 30 mins and it’s worth it.
We saw the popular Totem Poles, Prospect Point, which has a beautiful view to North and West Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge. You can see 2 Lions “watching over” the Bridge. It was built for Queen Mom Elizabeth I. 60 years ago. Other than that we also got to see English Bay and some beaches.
Arrived in North Vancouver Jim, our guide showed us the Capilano Mall, which is one of the biggest Malls in Vancouver. Too bad we couldn’t shop or at least window shop there.
After, we drove to Lonsdale Quay where the Sea Bus Terminal is located. So it’s really easy to find especially for Students that live in North Vancouver. One of the Japanese Students lives in North Vancouver and she didn’t know that place so she was really excited to see something close to her place since it was a little Mall. ;) So Jim gave us 20 minutes to explore the Quay and walk around.
Next stop was Lynn Valley and Lynn Canyon. This is definitely my favorite place. It’s so beautiful that I can’t even describe it. It’s nature pure, I’ve never seen so many huuuuuuge and thick trees. They are gigantic. I’m sure the Students have heard of the popular Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. Well, the one we saw was exactly the same, maybe a little bit shorter and for FREE. We had an amazing view when we were on the Bridge. We saw waterfalls and creeks.
Instead of driving to Cypress Bowl Look Out, Jim drove us to Lighthouse Park since it was raining and we wouldn’t have had a good view from Cypress Bowl Look Out. So we all agreed and visited Lighthouse Park where we again saw those gigantic trees and the Pacific Ocean.
All in all I can say it was an amazing trip and I’m so glad that I took the chance to go since I’m leaving Canada on Saturday. I saw so many beautiful places within only 3.5 hours.
I can only encourage every Student to take the opportunity they have here at school and take trips to different places in a group. It’s more fun being in a group plus you get to see so much more. Things you don’t expect to see. Until today I didn’t know that Vancouver offers so much diversity. Thanks a lot to the Activity Group for giving Students this great chance.
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