Unfortunately the ticket prices are steep and as a result we don't get to go nearly as often as we'd like.
So I was pretty excited when I recived a special ticket offer from BC Hydro as a thank you for being part of their Power Smart program. Apparently we were one of their few customers that managed to reduce our energy use by more than 15% last year. And the prize for doing that is half price tickets to the Aquarium along with early entry.
Cha-ching...I was all over that offer like a cheap suit.
Of course - Murphy's Law struck again - and we were up most of the night before our early morning visit dealing with little T's 4th ear infection in 2 months. Poor peachie...
But we were determined not to let a sleepless night deter us from our goal. So we were up and in the car by 8:15. One stop at Tim Horton's for some badly needed caffeine and breakfast sandwiches and we were on our way downtown.
We had to park a little further away than usual due to roadwork and of course it started to rain as we were walking over and of course we had no umbrellas. But what's a little rain to a Vancouverite right?
|who needs an umbrella when you have a hood?|
Being the Aquarium so early before the crowds was totally worth all the hassle of getting there. It was almost as though we had the whole place to ourselves...
|Wearing nice bright colours so we can see them from anywhere!|
|Hello? Girls? I want to take a picture...|
And clearly the octopus is an early bird. I was so excited because this was the most active I had ever seen him (her?). I took about 20 pictures. I wish I was exaggerating about that...
The girls were not nearly as impressed by him (her?) as I was...they moved on pretty quickly to check out the sharks and caymans.
After checking the awesome 4D movie...(you need a little attitude to pull off this look):
...it was on to the main attractions - the belugas and the penguins:
Before heading home we stopped at the gift shop to pick out some friends to bring home. After much agonizing...M chose a penguin named Steveston and T picked a Sea Otter named Cutie. Welcome to the family guys...
All in all we had a fabulous time...enough to make me think about buying an annual pass. Just wish it came with the early entry as well...