My first mistake was not thinking more about getting a hotel room for the night. I mean who knew there was a Canucks game, the first of the final series of the playoffs, happing in Vancouver. You think they would have told me before hand.
I kid of course, I did know of the game and was a little concerned about getting a hotel coming into the City. We weren’t sure though if we were going to stay in Downtown Vancity or outside and Skytrain in. Well at 4pm we didn’t have much choice. So after about 15 minutes of Googling available hotels in the area, while screaming through the windy roads of BC we found a place in Burnaby. It was a class place, lodge like. Actually the smell reminded me of the rooms at Bathurst Inlet Lodge. Nevertheless, it was a room and bed for the night.
So once we were settled and ready to go downtown I encountered my second mistake. Underestimating the rain. People have told me about the Vancouver rain. It is heavy and full, comes down in buckets. I thought I would be ready for it, but I wasn’t. I brought my rain jacket, but that wasn’t enough for me. Just walking 5 minutes to the Skytrain station, my legs got soaked.
Of course I go soaking wet walking to the Skytrain, but then when we got into downtown it had stopped and everything was great, except for the fact I was wet. I guess the saying “If you don’t like the weather in Canada, wait five minutes” rains true in Vancouver. Next time I see an umbrella in my hand.
This has just been a quick trip through Vancouver and I don’t think I have experienced it enough to make a call as to whether I like it or not. It is a City to me right now, like any other.
Next in our journey is the Ferry to the Island for Social Media Camp Victoria. By the way you can expect a post on Prince George to Burnaby and one on Hell’s Gate.