Vancouver Trip – The Holiday: Day Two

On day two, we took the drive over the Lions Gate bridge to North Vancouver and towards Grouse Mountain where you can take a cable car to the top.

At the top, there are lots of huge wooden carvings, which are very impressive.
There was also a lumberjack show, which was also quite entertaining.
There was a Birds of Prey display where we saw this huge eagle.  It was amazing to be so close to it.
This is one of very few places where we see Beaver Tails for sale!!  Before you all scream with horror, they are, in fact, delicious pastries in the shape of a Beaver tail! 

The real treat though, was Grinder & Cooler.  These two bears were both orphaned as cubs, Grinder was found on June 5, 2001. He was wandering alone on a logging road, dehydrated, thin, and weak. His mother was never found, so how he came to be alone is unknown. 
Coola was found orphaned at the side of the highway on June 29, 2001. His mother had been hit and killed by a truck. Of her three cubs, Coola was the only one to survive. One cub was hit by a falling tree and the other ran away and was not seen again.  Coola, it seems, loves to play in the water.
“I’ve found something…I’m very excited!”…
“Oh joy, it’s a fish, it’s a fish!”
“I’m going to eat it!”
“Hang on, something’s not right”
“Are you a fish?”
“I’ll kiss it and see…”
“Damn, it’s just a rock!”
It really is a lovely place to visit and the bears melt your heart.

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