I have spent some time the last couple of years in the Vancouver area so I thought I would put some of my shots into a photothread which is an intimidating thing to do because there are so many photothreads that capture more of Vancouver than I can ever show. However, this is my Vancouver, which has been a special place for me since my first visit when I was 4.
Vancouver, music to scroll by
My mother and I flew out from Montreal to Vancouver when I was 4 years old to visit an ailing relative. I don't remember much about the trip and my first air flights, but I remember my arrival at YVR.
My Uncle Squid, who was a local character who knew everyone in Vancouver, met us on the tarmac in a Rolls Royce wearing a chauffeur's cap. He knew someone at the airport who allowed him access to the tarmac and he had borrowed the Rolls from a friend. My first and last time in a Rolls!
Everybody hearts Vancouver!
Gelato after the Pride Parade
The Sylvia Hotel
Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver
Vancouver Town, live
My dad was involved with showing a delegation of Russians Canadian industry in Quebec and British Columbia. They loved Montreal, and my dad said wait until you see Vancouver, the most beautiful city in Canada.
The group went up to Grouse to see the city lights and the head Russian very sternly told the translator to tell my father that he had lied to him.
My dad of course was a little startled and asked how he had lied. The Russian who was a big bear of a man (who just about crushed me when he gave me a hug after being at our place for dinner in Montreal), thundered at him "you said Vancouver is the most beautiful city in Canada." My dad said "yes, don't you agree?"
"No" said the Russian overcome by the beauty of the sparkling city lights, "it is the most beautiful city in the world!"
The first time I have seen racoons in the wild.
The daily vigil. The Chinese government are ruthless killers. They suck.
As much as I love Vancouver, the downtown east side is a shocking place to see. It is Canada's shame that such poverty and addiction could exist in such a wealthy city and country.
I thought the Olympics were a huge success for Vancouver and Canada.
I had a long frustrating wait at the Indian Consulate trying to get a visa and got back to my car an hour after the parking meter expired to find no ticket! Was it my Alberta license plate?
Canucks and the 2011 Stanley Cup?
Montreal hosted the Summer Olympics in 1976 and won the 1977 Stanley Cup.
Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics and won the 1989 Stanley Cup.
I think it is Vancouver's time!
Mount Seymour ski hill high above North Vancouver
North Vancouver shoppping centre. I personally think that the north shore cities of North Vancouver and West Vancouver are possibly the nicest places to live in Canada, that is if you can afford some of the highest housing prices in Canada.
The view from Lolo - Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver
West Vancouver. You can't afford it.
The problem with going higher up the North Shore Mountains is being in the clouds, but spectacular views when clear.
The Shangri-la Hotel is Vancouver's tallest.
Eagles at Prospect Point Stanley Park with the Lions Gate Bridge and North shore behind.
Vancouver is a treasure trove of vintage neon.
Me and Stella at Stanley Park.
The penthouse view from Lolo.
The new Vancouver Convention Centre is huge!
Coal Harbour looking from the Convention Centre to Stanley Park.
checking out new bikes at the Travel/Golf/Outdoor/Cycling show at the convention centre
Convention centre green roof.
Sushi Bella in Lolo North Vancouver.
Granville Island Market
Thanks for having a look at my pics (all mine copyright protected). I'm looking forward to going back to Vancouver in July!