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Old Posted Sep 1, 2016, 4:19 AM
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Vancouver's new casino complex Parq Vancouver is taking nicely shape. The brown tinted glazing looks amazing and is something not seen in Vancouver almost never.













Neighbouring One Pacific has now been completed and really compliments Parq. Together they will make for a nice modern complex.



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Old Posted Sep 2, 2016, 2:49 AM
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The Charleson (42 floors) and 1300-1320 Richard Street (43 floors) approaching halfway mark in heart of Yaletown.





Second tower in the new Aquilini Centre around Rogers Arena has been topped out. The third tower will go up on its right side.



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Old Posted Sep 5, 2016, 6:33 AM
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Cycling around Pitt Meadows is a 30 kilometer ride, but it makes for a nice Saturday morning.





Coquitlam skyline with some countryside on the side.



Golden Ears Bridge





Lush forest along Fraser River.





Pitt Meadows airport is very popular among hobby pilots.





Port Mann Bridge from Fraser and Pitt River delta.



Ugly suburban development on the slopes of Port Coquitlam.



Going under Pitt River Bridge.



Surrey skyline in the background.

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Port Mann Bridge and eastern Lower Mainland in morning light.





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Old Posted Oct 1, 2016, 4:09 AM
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Lower Mainland waking up to a cold yet beautiful morning.



Pre-sunrise Surrey Central.







Port Mann Bridge on sunrise.



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Old Posted Oct 14, 2016, 2:49 AM
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Back in September on the Labour Day long weekend me and my wife made a brief two-night visit to the small town of Princeton which is an interesting town with a long mining history.

Unfortunately the weather was very mixed on that weekend and we had but rain and shine.





The town center is pretty nice, although very quiet early in the morning. There are still some nice breakfast places in downtown worth visiting.







Vermilion Avenue is the main street of Princeton.









Princeton Museum is said to be a nice place to visit, but we actually didn't check it out. Perhaps another time.







China Ridge Trails should be an excellent place for cross-country skiing, but for hiking the trails are not that exciting and offer not many views.









As we had plenty of time, we figured why not drive to the nearby town of Tulameen. The small road there turned out to be a nice drive alongside a canyon.













As mentioned, the Princeton area is rich with mining history and the newest copper mine in BC is located in here. It is located on the aptly named Copper Mountain and has three huge open pits. Unfortunately there is no way to see into these pits without trespassing, as it is a private area.





The mine has a huge tailwater pond between two mountains. The sight made me wonder how sturdy the dam is as upon a major breach the water could wipe out whole Princeton...





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Highway 3 is the highway connecting Princeton to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver. It's a nice drive and there is quite a bit new road construction going on adding new passing lanes.

















The highway takes one through Manning Park Provincial Park where we made a brief stop. We had never noticed that there is actually a pretty spectacular scenic drive up one of the mountain face, going all the way up to 2000 meters!

At that altitude the weather was only +3 degrees above zero with low-hanging clouds, but it looked like a nice area with some amazing hiking trails in the summer!













Back in Lower Mainland the weather had improved and so ended our nice little trip. Hopefully you enjoyed.








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Beautiful scenery!
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Old Posted Oct 19, 2016, 12:02 AM
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Sun rises from the east and sets in the west. Some 80% of the Lower Mainland in these two pictures.



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Old Posted Oct 31, 2016, 12:55 AM
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Here's a tour of the brand new 1.2 million sqft Tsawwassen Mills that opened in the beginning of the month near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal in Delta, BC. This huge development on First Nations land has been a very controversial due to its nature of being a huge car-dependent mega-mall far away from all major cities.

You can really see its size from the air and how the surrounding area is currently just farm land. There are 6,000 parking spaces at the mall and there is another part called Tsawwassen Commons under construction behing the main mall.







The 6,000-car parking lot is absolutely massive and there are dedicated parking spaces for all kinds of shoppers.



Inside they have used different natural materials that make for a very pleasing appearance. There is lots of wood and even the lighting is soft and warm.











There are many art installations all over the mall which are a nice touch.







Some of the art pieces are really beautiful.









There are few cafeterias along the long corridors, but the 1,100-seat food court in the middle is where most restaurants are at (minus Boston Pizza and Montana's, which have separate entrances on the side. The food court is a busy place, but I didn't find the noise level too bad.





There are around 200 stores inside the main mall, but the main attraction is the very first Bass Pro Shop in British Columbia. It occupies a huge section of the eastern wing and is an attraction on its own. As I hope my photos will show, it's definitely worth a visit!





What they don't have at the store, you don't need. The selection is massive.









One of the many in-store attractions is a aquatic themed bowling alley and bar! The place was packed with families on a Saturday night and I can see it remaining busy, as the setting is very unique.











They have not spared any costs with the store and another attraction is the grand hallway through the store. With dozens of animals on display, it is a big draw for families.





Yes, there is even a waterfall and a huge fish tank with big fish!





The hallway leads to a separate entrace to the store through a very nice cabin themed lobby.





I presume that all the animals are real or at least they looked very life-like!







Back on the outside.



They have definitely learned from the opening weekend gong show, when people were stuck in a parking lot congestion for as long as four hours! Now there are guides at every entrance indicating that there are several exits from the mall.



Overall I was impressed by how much effort they have put into making Tsawwassen Mills a destination and Bass Pro Shop definitely is a must-see. There is a lot draw with this place, even though it is very far from most big residential areas and a car is needed. That is also the shame part about the mall, but I think it has lots of potential and we had a good time and will be visiting occassionally in the future.

I hope you enjoyed my tour of the place.
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Here's an update from Burnaby's very impressive Brentwood. Approaching Brentwood on Willingdon Avenue is starting to look very impressive with latest towers being almost topped out!





I had never checked out the view from behind the car dealership and the Solo District cluster appears very appealing from there!





Sunlight was against me from this traditional view, but there won't be too many chances to see Solo District from here anymore, as Amazing Brentwood towers will soon begin to go up.



Finally a really nice panoramic view of Brentwood as seen from the Forest Lawn cemetery. What a skyline in making!



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Summer in Vancouver. View from the wold-famous Seawall.

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My computer was broken for two weeks, so here is my photoset of the Burnaby snowmageddon on last Monday.

The forecast on previous night called for heavy rains for Monday, which was true for many parts of Metro Vancouver. However, to many people's surprise, in Burnaby and the surrounding hilly areas all the rain fell as snow, catching drivers by surprise. Thousands of collisions happened during the day and hundreds of thousands had big troubles making it to work or school. Here's how it looked like.

Waking up to a snow day I decided that it would wise not to drive to work and rather walk having my my camera with me.



Metrotown has turned overnight to a winter wonderland with no snow plows in sight anywhere. It would turn out that Burnaby was caught totally off-guard by the storm....









Kingsway through Metrotown was totally jammed by sliding cars. Traffic was not moving anywhere in the slippery slush.



Getting on the side streets the view turned really nice. Unfortunate for those people waiting for bus, there wouldn't be any buses making it to them on that morning.





Mayhem was everywhere. I saw dozens of stuck cars, buses and trucks.



In the afternoon things got even worse with heavy snowfall continuing until the evening. These long line-ups of cars at 3pm were not moving anywhere and I was faster walking by them.







Some people had even abandoned their cars in the snow.



Buses were really struggling with the slippery hills that are everywhere in Burnaby. There were long line-ups of stuck buses on some streets.





By the time I got back in Metrotown the snowfall had ceased. Day 1 of many more snow days to come has ended.







Not everyone was miserable from the snow and I saw many people making snowmen.



Snowfall has was followed by beautiful winter days. What a sight!



It's of course easy to laugh at our puny amounts of snow and the havoc it creates, but one has to consider that normally there is snow on ground for only few days a year and in many places almost ever. So, when a big snow storm sweeps through the region, mayhem always follows, as people don't simply have proper winter tires. That's Vancouver in winter all right.

More snowy photos to come.
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Beautiful photos as always, my god so much of the lower mainland is just terrible stuff.
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I have to admit that I am a bit proud having made it to Liebherr - the world's largest tower crane manufacturer's - official corporate calendar.

This photo of Telus Garden under construction last year will be hanging on the walls of hundreds of constructions sites and offices around the world come August.







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Canyon Lights is a fun winter event at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver worth a visit. We visited the place to check it out in December 2014.













The famous 140-meter suspension bridge across the canyon is always busy.









Lights above a pond.





Treetop Adventure above walking trails has also been nicely lit.



















Live music at the main building is a nice touch on cold evening.









Canyon Lights is an annual event throughout the winter months and definitely worth a visit.
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Update to Vancouver's new Downtown casino Parq Vancouver.









One Pacific looking fine next door.





There is starting to be a nice street presence between all the new buildings in the area.



Boy, has this view changed in the past few years...





Early morning in winter when the sun is at its lowest ain't the best time to shoot the front of the building.





Nice presence from this direction too.



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1320 Richards and The Charleson are two 42-floor towers under construction in Vancouver's Yaletown.









1320 Richards is the more skinny of the two. I absolutely love how tall it appears in person due to its skinny and sleek profile. I so wish they would have gone with the original color scheme to bring it more to life.









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Dine Out Vancouver is an annual foodie event in Metro Vancouver with dozens of restaurants including many fine dining establishments participating with a special menu. Here are two restaurants we visited this year.

Last year we didn't end up visiting any restaurants during Dine Out Vancouver, but this year we have made reservations for few nice places. Coast is a nice seafood restaurant that is part of the Glowball group and they had a very nice $40 three-course menu. Especially the Surf & Turf was excellent and mouth-wateringly tasty.





Prawn Duo - whole prawn motogaki & crispy prawn spring roll
yuzu ponzu sauce


Miso-Salmon Chowder - clams, ginger, dashi, scallions, tof


Surf & Turf - bacon wrapped beef tenderloin, atlantic lobster tail
squash & quinoa risotto, béarnaise


Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée - calamansi caramel, tamarind tuile


Our second and final Dine Out Vancouver visit this year was to the beautiful and upscale Notch 8 restaurant inside the historical Hotel Vancouver. We did enjoy the dinner, although it wasn't the best ever Dine Out menu we have had. The setting inside the landmark building lobby is still very nice.





Savory Macaron with Caviar, Smoked Salmon, Scallop Mousse, Roe, Crème fraîche, Flowers, Micro Dill


Braised Wagyu Shortrib with Truffle, Marrow-Pumpkin Puree, Chanterelles, Red Winter Wheat Berries, Huckleberry-Black Garlic-Aged Balsamic, Cipollini


Brie Walnut Ice Cream with Black Currant Gelee, Nut Wafer, Fingerlime
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Some good lookin' eats there.
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I always look
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