If you live in Vancouver or nearby villages I have a tip to you: Go on a Sea Safari!
A Sea Safari is a two hours trip on a inflatable power boat along the Howe Sound. It is a really cool experience for everyone!
We got a good deal buying a Groupon with a 50% discount rate. Instead of paying the regular price of $83.00 per adult we paid $41.00 each! What a good deal is was!
The tour departs from Sewell’s Marina, located at Horseshoe Bay. It’s very close to the Ferry Terminal. From the main square of Horseshoe Bay Village you will see the ferries arriving and departing.
There are a lot of parking spaces near Sewell’s Marina and it was easy to find a spot for our car $6.00 (for the whole day).
We got the 1PM tour on a beautiful sunny day.
Before embarking on the power boat you will receive an orange inflatable vest that you can use over your clothes. They also will lock your belongings if you choose not to take them with you (it is better to keep your backpack, purse, etc locked in their office otherwise… they WILL get wet!).
- Do not forget to have a plastic bag for your camera. This is mandatory!
The trip is really interesting, we saw Lions Mountain with its peak still covered by snow. Many marine animals, with cute harbor seals! We also saw many exotic birds and gorgeous landscapes. There are beautiful lighthouses along the way and multimillion dollar houses as well!
Howe Sound is very deep and it was very polluted in the past. Our guide told us that a huge effort has been made by the Government in order to clean the water from the heavy metals that were disposed there. The only thing that could be changed is the logging along the Sound. Our guide explained that many wild animals receive the impact of companies that work with logging along the water and it would be good if these companies moved away in order to preserve Howe Sound.
If you would like to see more pictures from our Sea Safari in Vancouver please visit my Flick Gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/34351159@N00/8937164900/
The sea was very calm but our guide managed to run the boat in circles in order to create waves. She also cut behind a ferry that just passed so we could have the feeling of “troubled waters”!
The views are really gorgeous and I do recommend you visit the Flickr Gallery to see more!
If you are looking for a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, this is your chance!
After the Sea Safari we went to have lunch at Oliver & Anchor. I do NOT recommend this place! It was 3.30pm, there were three empty tables in the veranda and the hostess said that she only could accommodate us at the end of the salon. We said that this option didn’t interest us and when we were about to leave she said we could seat at the veranda. (?)
We asked for two beers while we decided what to eat. The waitress came, took notes of what we would eat and went away. After some minutes she came to our table with ketchup, pepper etc. Four minutes later she went to our table again and took the ketchup and pepper away. Four minutes later, with our glasses half full and without eating anything (as the food did not arrive yet), she brought our bill! Can you believe this? Receive the check for payment BEFORE the food? She was so distracted that she mentioned “you didn’t use the cutlery!” OF COURSE NOT… we did not eat!
When we mentioned this she excused herself, took away the bill and brought (again) the catchup and the pepper.
After a while she brought the food to the table. It was not bad, but… not tasty either.
I guess when it comes to restaurant you want to hear the answer for a question like this:
Would you return to Oliver & Anchor located at Horseshoe Bay? And I would reply to you: “No, I wouldn’t!”