I arrived in Vancouver late yesterday and had a full day in the city available to me today. With a forecast for perfect weather I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a combined explore and exercise, so forced myself to get up at an unearthly body-clock time and headed out to hire a bicycle for the day. I’ve no idea how far I travelled in my 7 hours on the bike, it was certainly nowhere near what I would achieve if I was out for a hard ride on my road bike, but I seemed to cover a fair amount of the city nevertheless. The following photos hopefully give you and idea of the city which, in such perfect conditions, showed herself to best effect.
Near to the start of the Stanley Park loop is a colourful collection of native carved totem poles.
This is the Brockton Point Lighthouse, looking northwards to North Vancouver and its wheat silos and bulk carrier loading docks. The flags, from left to right, are those of British Columbia, Canada and the United Kingdom. My transport for the day stands just to the left of the lighthouse.
In several locations around the city I came across artists practising their rock balancing skills. These creations are solely the result of balance and gravity; no glue is involved!
The Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association runs five leagues, each with five teams; this was obviously a big day out for them all in the park.
The end of False Creek appears to be home to the very large and active Dragon Boat scene in Vancouver. This crew had just returned from a training run and there where many more people hanging around waiting to go out for a ‘trial paddle’. Across the water is The Plaza of Nations, BC Place Stadium; home of the BC Lions CFL and Vancouver Whitecaps MLS teams and the Rogers Arena; home of the Vancouver Canuks NHL ice hockey team – there’s a lot of sport going on in this city!
I have never seen such an accomplished kite flyer as this chap at Vanier Park in the Kitsilano area of the city. He was able to fly these 3 stunt kites totally independently; one in each hand and one attached to a waist belt. He could fly them in close formation, or loop all 3 of them simultaneously. I watched him for at least 10 minutes and he didn’t make one single mistake; it was possibly the most impressive part of the entire day.
Straight beach volleyball this time. The downtown area of Vancouver, Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains provide the backdrop to this seaside scene out towards the University of British Columbia.
After a big loop out around SW Marine Drive and the suburbs of Vancouver, I came back into the downtown area of the city via the Burrard St Bridge. This view is from the bridge looking up False Creek, over one of the many marinas in the city (what a fantastic place to sail in summer this must be) with the Granville St Bridge in the background.
The final image of the day was taken at the Canada Place Convention Centre. This is also the start point for many an Alaskan cruise, which is where this ship, the MS Statendam, was headed, having just slipped her lines.
So there we are, Vancouver in a day. You probably haven’t enjoyed reading about my day as much as I enjoyed actually doing it, but thanks for taking the interest to read to the end of my day’s blog in any case.