On arrival at Vancouver, we arrived at our Hotel and were soon out investigating. We were surprised at the lack of shops in the main hub of Downtown Vancouver. That is, until it was pointed out to us that most shops were underground, which comes in handy during the cold winter months.
Our welcome to Canada was marred by a fire alarm, in our hotel, in the middle of the night. Eventually, we were told that it was a false alarm. We were hoping that this was not and indication of things to come.
Our first sight of Vancouver was from our balcony, at our hotel. We were duly impressed. However, Vancouver was just the base for several trips we had in mind and so we spent little time in this city. One thing we did acxhieve, on the first day, was to find a long lost relative. To find him was as easy as looking up the Vancouver Telephone Directory.
One of the more spectacular sight we found to be were the dock. It reminded me somewhat of our own Sydney Harbour.
"View Across The Bay."
You can go anywhere in the world and in most cases you will find some great water views. Vancouver was no different. It was picuresque and peaceful.
"The Old And The New."
As is the case in most modern cities around the world, old buildings have to make way for skyscrapers. Sadly, Vancouver is no different. But it was refreshing to see this Anglican Cathedral preserved for all to see. Although drwarfed by tall buildings, it is still standing in it's full majesty.
Thankfully, most cities have retained some parkland for the pleasure of it's inhabitants. Stanley is very well appointed and has many attractions. These Indian Totem Poles are but a small sample. What did surpuse us was, a full scale Cricker Ground, with a club house. We spent a whole day wandering around with our newly re-discovered relatives and thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
"The Lionsgate Bridge."
This bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Western Canada. It bridges the Burrard Inlet and connects Vancouver to the North Shore. It carries over 60,000 vehicles per day. I found it to be very photogenic.
It is not everyday that one strolls along a park and stumbles across a film set. Yet, such was the case while strolling through Stanley Park. There were film crews everywhere, canoes in the water and actors and actresses to be seen. The title of the folm is a mystery to us, but we do know that the stars were Chevy Chase and Farah Fawcett. We were to find yet another film set later, in the Canadian Rockies.