Vancouver Canada Travel Pictures
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Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia. It is a remarkably clean metropolis surrounded with spectacular natural beauty. The city runs along the Coast Mountain Range and is practically surrounded by water. The 2010 Olympics where held in Vancouver with some events held in Richmond and Whistler. The Plaza downtown is a large open area on the water where the cauldron sits. We drove up scenic Highway 99 also known as the Sea to Sky highway to Squamish. There are a lot of trees along the road but when there is an opening you can see the snow capped mountains in the distance, just breath taking. No worries about driving in Canada, they drive on the correct side of the road.
Above: Picture of the most visited site in Stanley Park, the totem poles at Brockton Point. This area had years of habitation by the native aboriginal peoples. Some of the original totem poles were carved in the 1880s and are now in museums. The totem poles you see now are either on loan or were commissioned. A new pole was added in 2009 by a member of the Squamish Nation. It is a tribute to the artists mother who was one of the last residents of Stanley Park.
Above: Picture of horse drawn carriage tour through Stanley Park. The well-groomed Stanley Park was the city's first park and now draws about 8 million visitors each year. The well traveled Seawall is a paved pedestrian path running 5.5 miles along the water's perimeter getting alot of foot traffic with walkers, bikers and the like. But with the park's 1,000 acres there are many trails through the woods too. There is an aquarium to visit, art events during the summer months, a train and a tram that you can ride through the park, lawns for sporting events, gardens and restaurants. Really, you could easily spend an entire day in Stanley Park alone. We had an easy time parking here in our Van. We drove around a couple of times and stopped at every pull over along the water to take pictures of the scenery or cast iron statues.
Above: Picture of Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden that opened in 1986. A classical Chinese garden based on the harmony of rock, water, plants, and architecture. The weathered rocks, jade green water, and strategically placed plants and trees make this journey very special in an otherwise cold glass and concrete city. You could race through here and then complain that it wasn't what you expected. Or, you could do what's intended in a Chinese garden and spend two hours really relaxing, sitting, gazing, listening, and enjoying a garden that is not so typical to the Americas.
Above: Picture of downtown Vancouver's waterfront walkway. We parked the Vanabode at Stanley Park and then walked all the way to downtown to see the 2010 Olympic Cauldron at the Plaza. We were walking on a wide sidewalk the entire time. This busy city is very pedestrian friendly with many ways to enjoy the outdoors without being bothered by the traffic. Along the way were larger than life statues and sculptures, benches, and the very appreciated restroom.
Above: Picture taken in Stanley Park looking towards downtown. There are several gardens in the park, a community garden, a rose garden, a garden of azaleas and rhododendrons, a garden with ornamental trees, and a Shakespeare garden. The entire park with a few exceptions, like the aquarium, is all free to enjoy at your leisure. A great retreat for the mind and body from the everyday. In my opinioon this would be a top 5 place to live if you are in love with living and experiencing the different cultures in Vancouver.
Above: Picture taken inside the Granville Island farmers market in Vancouver. For being first timers in Vancouver we found Granville a little tricky to get to but after a couple U turns we got on the right ramp and down we went under the Granville Street Bridge. We should've taken the ferry for something different. Oh well. This place is huge with a lot of walking involved if you want to see everything, but could easily be one in one day. Of course I like being around the varieties of food the best and this place, no doubt, has everything under the sun from the four corners of the earth.
Above: Picture of olive selection at Granville Island market. My favorite olives are the green ones in the bowl sitting right where they should be, higher than all the others. If you are not an olive eater the Castelvetrano olive will make you one. If you have been following our eating habits while Vanaboding then you know that we keep olives, cheese, bread, wine and fresh market veggies as our staples. We are omnivores but meat just doesn't keep in a cooler as well. The other things to check out on the island are the art galleries, craft stores, souvenir shops and the brewery. Besides the market there are also fine restaurants and theaters on the island. There is also the Emily Carr University for Art and Design. We walked through one of their public galleries where the "cardboard space that evoked emotion" was on display. That sounds like a lot of paper cuts to me.
Above: Picture of outdoor seating under bridge. The hardest part for me was picking out what I wanted to eat for lunch at the public market. I ended up going with the fish and chips, good choice too. Then after you have food in hand you walk outside to dine al fresco. Ahhh, such a good feeling. There was a band playing with adults and kids dancing around. Everyone was happy, the sun was shining, and the views were spectacular. Can't be beat for the half a million people plus tourist in this city at any given moment.
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