Day 1: Border Crossing; Point Roberts Washington; Tsawwassen
Day 2: Bloedel Conservatory and Queen Elizabeth Park; Downtown Vancouver
Day 3: Victoria
Day 4: Museum of Anthropology; Vancouver LDS Temple
Day 5: Biking in Stanley Park; Lynn Canyon; Grouse Mountain
Day 6: English Bay Beach; Coming Home; Final Thoughts

Day 4 in Vancouver was basically our rest day. We were all a little tired so we decided to take it easy. We slept in and enjoyed a lazy morning, and then headed over to the Museum of Anthropology located on the University of British Columbia campus.

Museum of Anthropology

Museum of Anthropology ExteriorThis is a super great option for a rainy day. First of all, at about $60 cad for the family, it was an affordable way to spend our time. And if you or your kids are interested in history it’s a slam dunk. We are all basically nerds in our family so this made it on the list and we were happy we went.

Museum of Anthropology at UBCThe main displays are all BC first nation stuff. Lots of totem poles and carvings- it is really cool what these people could do with their hands.

There are other displays from around the world, and if you have the time you could spend several hours here looking through them.

Chef Hung

Chef Hung menu with teaAfter the museum we found a little spot close to campus to eat. Chef Hung Taiwanese noodles. This was pretty authentic and pretty expensive. Super tasty and very large servings. So large that none of us could finish our meals. We took the leftovers back to the hotel but never ended up eating it because the idea of old noodles just didn’t sound good to us later on. Because of that, I felt like we overpaid but at the same time it was a fun experience. Most of us just couldĀ notĀ get those darn noodles from our soup to our mouths! We all need to sharpen our chopstick skills.

What made this place so worth it was the Mango Shaved Ice for dessert. This was not your typical summer street corner shaved ice. Nothing like it. This was like eating a cloud. I don’t know how they do it, but this stuff is amazing! You seriously need to find yourself some Taiwanese shaved ice near wherever you live (sometimes called snow ice).

Vancouver LDS Temple

After heading back to the hotel for some down time, we took off for the temple where we did baptisms. You can read about our time at the temple here.

Vancouver TempleI will just say that this was such an amazing experience. To spend time in the temple with our children, and to meet the local youth and their leaders- this is the point of the whole thing. This is why we chose to do this project. The gospel brings so much joy!

TIPS OF THE DAY:

  • Take time. We had a lot scheduled this week, and if you’re not careful, a full schedule can take away from the experience. Don’t push yourself so much that going out is more like a chore than a fun experience. Sleeping in is a luxury that we don’t get very often, so having a day or two on our vacation to sleep truly made it a vacation.
  • Meet and interact with the local people. Make friends around the world. It adds so much more to the experience and is so fulfilling.