The weather has been amazing and even my creamy coloured skin has managed to get a tan. Spending time at the beach, shell hunting, paddling and picnicing. Been to the Greater Vancouver Zoo and watched the big cats being fed. Going to see friends in Squamish (half way between Vancouver and Whistler) and kids playing with neighbours kids. All in all we are having one of the best summers we have ever had without having to spend money in hotels and resorts.
At the zoo we saw the black panther and we even got to handle the birds of prey, the owl I fed was beautiful and even though it looks so large it was so light to hold and my eldest daughter caught a baby kestrel in training. We saw crocodiles, snakes and lizards. Amazing time. The play area and picnic area was fantastic and the whole place is so clean and it is not too big to walk around, which is great when you have little kids. Bikes are available or you could bring your own along.
Sadly the hippos were out of the water by the time were toured the circuit by mini train and the zebras were in the shelter being fed so we did not see them but it gives us something to look forward to the next time we go.