The kids and I are staying in town for Spring Break, so we’ve planned some close-to-home adventures to keep ourselves occupied this week.
Our first Spring Break Adventure was a trip to Vancouver International Airport, also known as YVR.
To get there, we rode the Canada Line which runs between downtown Vancouver and the Airport.
Arriving at the airport, we were greeted by a sculpture called “Cedar Connection” by Coast Salish artist Susan Point.
The Airport is home to a number of amazing art pieces, including Haida artist Bill Reid’s The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe (which is featured on the Canadian $20 bill).
On the 4th floor of the Domestic Terminal can be found the Public Observation Area, featuring interactive exhibits and telescopes for close-up viewing of planes taking off and landing. The kids happily spent an hour or so watching the activity on the ground and in the air. Through her telescope, my daughter spotted a resourceful coyote in the grass beside the runway, chasing after small rodents that were no doubt scared out of hiding by the noise of the jet engines.
There’s no shortage of restaurants at the airport should you find yourself hungry after all the fun at the airport. We took our own snacks from home, so the total cost of our adventure was the price of two-zone transit tickets to and from the airport. (If you have a transit pass or pre-paid tickets, you can avoid the $5 per person additional fare charged for taking the Canada Line from the airport.)
Stay tuned for Spring Break Adventures, Day 2: North Vancouver!