You would think attending a massive world-wide event like the Olympics, in Vancouver B.C. would be—well—crowded. Thousands upon thousands of people attended the games on Whistler Mountain and Cypress Mountain. Lines of people streamed out of the sky train stations and SeaBus station, however the friendly folk of Canada have an incredible transit system.

My husband, Tom and I just returned from Cypress Mountain. Here’s an excerpt of our day:

7:00 a.m. Walk 3 blocks to the metro station and hop on the West Coast Express. The West Coast Express operates five trains during weekday peak periods connecting Mission, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody with downtown Vancouver.(No crowds, it’s the weekend and it’s early.)

7:20 a.m. Unload at the SeaBus station and follow the quickly gathering crowds. Volunteers in bright green and turquoise jackets repeatedly announce, “Standing room only tickets have been canceled at Cypress Mountain.”

7:30 a.m. Walk down a long pathway and then up a ramp onto the SeaBus.The 12 minute SeaBus ride connects Vancouver and the North Shore and runs every 15 minutes.

8:00 a.m. Walk off SeaBus and wait in line for about twenty minutes at which time we board a bus headed for the mountain.

9:00 a.m. Offload from the bus and walk approximately a quarter of a mile to the mountain.

9:15 a.m. Long Security line. Again, very efficient because there are loads of screening machines. I wish I’d thought to empty my pockets before screening!

9:30 a.m. Begin hike up 6000 thousand stairs in order to reach Cypress Mountain. Oxygen tank not available at top.

ShawnUnderwood200Shawn enjoys writing about daily events, family adventures, vacations and travel, her three well behaved children and her favorite subject, her husband. She lived in France with her family for a year in 2001-2002 and her misadventures of speaking the language and day-to-day living in a foreign country are legendary. Her book; “Mommy Are we French Yet?” will be released March 2010. http://www.shawnunderwood.com/