On July 4th we boarded a luxury charter bus and took off to the Fort Langley National Historic Site. 22 adventurers wearing their hats and sunscreen stepped off the bus at Fort Langley and were warmed by the sun. It was a hot day but we were prepared for the weather! Together, we went on a self-guided tour and learned about the Hudson Bay Company’s fur trading business in the area as well gold prospecting and First Nations history. We also had time to explore the beautiful small town of Fort Langley with its antique shops, good food and ice cream before we came back to Vancouver.
We had the opportunity to experience a very special tea ceremony at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown on July 6th. During the ceremony we were able to participate in the ancient Chinese practice of preparing, serving and drinking tea. While at the garden, we learned about Chinese culture, tea accessories, tea production and tea types, as well as the benefits of Chinese tea. The gardens were beautiful and we had a fun time spotting brilliantly coloured Koi fish in the pond.
Antonia, our summer intern, smiling with our seniors at Deep Cove.
Located in beautiful West Vancouver, Deep Cove is a must see destination! On July 11th we travelled across the Lions Gate Bridge to visit this scenic area. It was a warm day and we spent time strolling around the cove, visiting little shops in the area and finished the day off by having a picnic by the water. Participants even had a change to sit and grab a famous donut from a local bakery and café!!
Some berries at Emma Lea Farms.
On July 13th we went berry picking at Emma Lea Farms on Westham Island, in Delta, BC. It was a gorgeous day and we were able to pick lots of fresh berries! In addition to picking berries our seniors browsed the farm’s ice cream shop to get a cold treat after all the picking we did!
The restored carousel at the Burnaby Village Museum.
On July 18th we visited the Burnaby Village Museum. The museum transported us back to the 1920s with displays of homes, schools and churches from that era. We experienced what it was like living in the area during that time. We also visited the old Print Shop and General Store at the Village Museum. Many of the exhibits were staffed with historical interpreters dressed in period clothes. The highlight of our day was definitely riding on the century-old restored C.W. Parker Carousel. Weeee!
On July 25th we went to Harrison Hot Springs with over 45 of our seniors. When we arrived, we quickly changed into our bathing suits and went for a dip into the refreshing and healing pools. After swimming we enjoyed a picnic by the water and visited the many little shops.
Dolphins! Sea anemones! Penguins! Sea lions! Sting rays! Jelly fish! These were only a few of the animals we saw at the Vancouver Aquarium on July 27th. The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest aquarium and has exhibits on: Canada’s Arctic, the Tropics and the Amazon to name a few! This was one of our smaller trips of the summer and our seniors enjoyed visiting the animals, learning about animal protection and current research.
Two of our seniors relaxing on a bench at Belcarra Park!
Belcarra Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Vancouver. On July 30th we spent the day walking around the lake, relaxing at the beach and playing games. Our day ended with a big picnic close to the lake. More than 30 seniors joined us on this trip.