A sampling of the many faces of Vancouver, British Columbia
Each of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods boasts a unique character, almost as if Vancouver was a city of many cities, and, yet, wherever you go in this coastal city, it has a distinctly Vancouver feel. Scenic views, temperate climate, a diverse population, cultural activities, love of the outdoors, relaxed vibe, parks and green space, heritage buildings alongside architectural innovations, and environmental awareness. All of which has contributed to Vancouver, British Columbia making it into the top five of the world’s most liveable cities year after year.
Although the many faces of Vancouver cannot be captured in just a few images, I hope a sampling portrays some of the flavour of the city.
Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood
Canada Place, where cruise ships dock, in Coal Harbour District. The area was once a commercial area with sawmills and warehouses. Now it contains
Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre, a hotel, many restaurants, and residences.
The Olympic Cauldron in Coal Harbour, a legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
(I think it’s a bit ugly, but tourists seek it out.)
View of BC Place stadium and Science World, across False Creek from Olympic Village
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Path through Stanley Park, a 400 hectare park on a peninsula in the northwestern edge of downtown. The park contains gardens, trails, beaches, playground and picnic areas, and cedar, fir, and hemlock trees.
Stanley Park autumn colours
Driftwood along Stanley Park seawall
Lion’s Gate Bridge across first narrows of Burrard Inlet, connecting Vancouver to North Vancouver and West Vancouver
Millennium Gate, official entrance to Chinatown. Chinatown dates back to the late 1800s when Chinese immigrants came to work on the railroads and in the mines. They were settled in a ghetto at the edge of the city. Today Vancouver has a significant Chinese population in all areas and in surrounding cities.
Vancouver has a large selection of gourmet food trucks. There is a Food Truck Fest in Olympic Village every Sunday in the summer. One of the foodie tours of the city features food trucks. Website Street Food App lets you check which trucks are open at any given time.
Vancouver has a thriving film industry. You never know when you might stumble across a filming location.
Heritage homes in Mount Pleasant neighbourhood
Former church turned into condos
Bard on the Beach is an annual event June through September featuring Shakespeare plays in Vanier Park
Walking and bicycle paths along Vancouver’s 22 kilometers of seawall
I associate Hydrangeas with Vancouver because every summer I’ve visited their pink and blue blooms have been stunning. In my home province of Manitoba, hydrangeas usually have green or white blooms.
You may have noticed that my images are summer-time images. That is usually when I visit. Although you won’t be laying on the beach, Vancouver’s temperate climate means winter temperatures are above freezing. Snow is rare. Vancouver’s essential nature remains and love of outdoors continues. Just bring an umbrella.
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