Saturday our family got up at 4:45 am, travelled by car, plane, shuttle, taxi, train, bus and on foot to get to the Vancouver Aquarium.
When Oscar got to the hotel he was super impressed by the fish tanks in the lobby, so you can imagine his delight at the fish, frogs, whales, dolphins, otters, sea lions, sharks and jelly fish at the aquarium.
We were lucky enough to get to the dolphin aquarium and get a spot just as the show was starting. Unfortunately as the dolphins started their show and I was about to take a photo, all I saw through the viewfinder was the back of a tourist's head as he shoved in front of me. I can't say I saw much of dolphins, just the odd splash.
My favourite part was sitting ton a bench watching the beluga whales under water in Canada's Arctic Gallery. The relative quiet and serenity was a welcome break from the noise and pushy tourists topside. Oscar's awe at the graceful whales made me smile, but to me, it looked sad as it repeated the same slow lap again and again.
While Rich and I had some mixed feelings about our experience at the aquarium, for Oscar it was a day of unadulterated wonder and joy. He was still racing around in excitement, long after his parents were done, tired and trailing behind.