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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Vancouver Canada

Yes, this is Vancouver ... somewhere

Vancouver



Who has the best coastal city panorama in the world?  Istanbul says they have.

 

Happy 148th Birthday, Canada!


Life's a Beach
This year we celebrate with images from Vancouver, British Columbia (BC).  Thanks to the unusual weather this year, BC is experiencing a heat wave (over 30 C).  What better way to celebrate than on the beach.  But which one? 
 
Stanley Park

Stanley Park

But you don't even have to leave the city to enjoy the seaside and the scenery.  Right in the middle of the sea next to downtown Vancouver is a glorious park that was created by landscape architect, Mother Nature

Stanley Park was voted by TripAdvisor in 2014 as the best park in the world.   It is a peninsula surrounded by the sea, which hugs a 8.8 km pedestrian (and bike) path surrounded by a well-forested cliff.  Stanley Park is 19% larger than Central Park in New York.

Thunderbird Pole
Where can you see a forest of totem poles right within a city?  Only at Brockton Point in Stanley Park.  In a province of untold natural beauty – believe it or not – this is the most photographed tourist spot in BC. Thunderbird poles (on the right of the left photo) were used as house posts.  Most of the poles are carved from red cedar trees.  
   
Chief Skedans Pole




Famous Haida artist Bill Reid carved this pole on the right in 1964.  It's modelled after a pole carved in 1870 in the Haida village of Skidegate.  That pole held the remains of the chief behind the rectangular board with his black moon crest.  This sits atop a carving of a mountain goat and a grizzly bear.
 


Queen Elizabeth Park


Queen Elizabeth Park has a beautiful floral conservatory.























 


Is this a fairy tale village?  No it's Vancouver.  It would be great to live here – if you could afford it. 

African Grey





You never know who you are going to meet in Vancouver! 







 

Burnaby Mountain Park

 

Burnaby Mountain Park is another great city park near Simon Fraser University (SFU) with views and hiking/biking trails.




The Sun Sets over North Vancouver




Yes, this is Vancouver ... somewhere







 
 
Sorry Istanbul, Vancouver has the best coastal city panorama.  It's hard to beat shanshui, mountains and water. 

Zaijian from Vancouver


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