Thursday, 30 May 2013

North Van Is Where It's At! Lynn Valley & Deep Cove

I realised during Mom and Mara's visit just how much we LOVE North Van! In fact we pretty much ended up there every day! We drove across the bridge one night to Lonsdale Quay to pick up some flowers at the market there, and I took them up the lookout tower to get this incredible view! 

It was pretty windy up there, being so high up! but oh those views! 

Byron also took Mom and Mara to check out Lynn Valley one day while I was at work...

to see those larger than life trees!

and to take a walk over the suspension bridge!

and generally take in the greenery all around!

A few nights later we drove up to Cypress Provincial Park, which has the best lookout point in the city in my opinion! and we caught another amazing sunset.  

We nearly didn't because it said it was closed for filming! but we asked one of the security guards if we could snap a few pics quick and he kindly obliged.  It turns out they were filming the new Godzilla movie up there! 

So when it comes out at the cinema and you see scenery that is meant to make you think you're in California, just know it was actually shot in Vancouver! They had even changed the provincial park sign on the way in to say 'San Francisco Bay Park'! Pretty funny! I hope they weren't hoping for rainy and cloudy weather, because it was beautiful blue skies during the time they were filming! 

On an amazingly sunny Friday afternoon we headed to Deep Cove, because after everywhere we've been it's still my very favourite place around! and my mom also declared it her favourite part of the trip! 

The little cove is so cute, and the backdrop is just the icing on the cake!

Byron and Mara decided to try out paddle boarding, I was kind of exhausted from my day at work and so I gave it a miss this time but I definitely want to do it before we leave! 

because look how tranquil that looks!

They picked it up pretty quick and luckily there was no falling in! Despite the sunny weather and blue skies, the water was still super chilly! 

Mom and I sat on that little wall watching them and just taking in the view!

There were tons of other people around enjoying the gorgeous weather, but somehow I managed not to capture them in any of my pics!

Even their street signs are pretty here!

They were actually filming out on that pier to the right, for a little T.V show they're making called Cedar Cove! So watch out for some paddle boarders if you ever see it and it could just be Byron and Mara!

The little street in Deep Cove is also super cute, 

and filled with little independent shops like this one that I just love! It has the best most stylish greeting cards and unique home furnishings and gifts.  

and La La's gifts are apparently so good that they've been 'saving marriage since 1996'! haha

As the sun started to go down, we headed back to watch the paddle boarders come back in.  

How fun does this look! The water is so calm out there!

We headed back into town for some refreshment!

Ice cream for the paddle boarders...

and a shaved ice bigger than my head for me! I'd seen a group of girls walking down the street sharing one so I thought they'd asked for x-large size or something so we all thought it was pretty hilarious when I came out the shop holding it just for me! The lady asked me how many spoons I wanted, so I said 2 just to appear less greedy! It was my first time trying a shaved ice, and it definitely wasn't the last! I got coconut and lime flavour which was just oh so tasty! 

I stopped to admire the cherry blossom on the way back to the car! 

and to pose with my shaved ice, which was going down surprisingly quick! 

We asked a nice guy to take this picture for us, which I think is the only pic we got of the four of us the whole trip! It is a great memory to have of one of the most idyllic evenings we've had in Vancouver! 

Deep Cove - how are we ever going to leave you?!

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