This past Sunday, riding another hot spell and sunny weather, we headed to one of our favourite local attractions, Granville Island.
This was taken on the deck outside the food court area.
October this year (2013) has been relatively mild, with the exception of the heavy morning fog that lasted about two weeks in mid-month. We were again treated to a wonderful sunshine on the last weekend in October.
After a satisfying dim sum, we headed to Deer Lake in Burnaby. There are signs constantly reminding us that although we live in a city, we are essentially living in nature and co-exist with nature.
Lots of birds also show up to enjoy the perfect weather. Seagulls and Canadian geese are among the spectators.
As I stood there with my daughter, a few of them started to come near, as they thought we might have some treats.
But sorry, too early for Halloween, although excellent costumes and great on being who you are. Nice gully.
We then continued our walk around the lake along the trail.
Not sure if it’s visible, but there was a squirrel on the top of the bench, getting early treats from other people.
A view towards the north and there are Grouse Mountain and Seymour Mountain in sight.
It took us about a good hour to finish the loop, but we did it in a slow pace. Great day to be out in the nature and spending time with family and friends.
It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon. I had just finished my dental appointment and decided to take a quick stroll in my favourite seaside neighbourhood.
The faithful and hardworking bee was busy enjoying the nice weather.
Beautiful afternoon to be out and walk the seawall.
Looking east, there is Stanley Park, with Lions Gate Bridge immediate to the left. On the right side is the Kitsilano/Point Grey area.
Looking north towards the mountain.
Hope everyone is enjoying his/her day, no matter where you are or whatever the weather.
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I took some photos which might not have been possible otherwise travelled by car.
This is The Chief, a famous local attraction and lots of people hike/climb, admiring its beauty and presence.
Here is the Cheakamus Canyon
As mentioned, three hours later, we arrived at Whistler. It was raining too.
Beautiful raindrops sitting on the leaves, and the rain cleaning the air leaving a refreshing scent.
We didn’t really have a plan once we arrived in Whistler, until we saw this
Yes, free shuttle service, a rare sight for most BC residents. We checked with the bus driver, who was very kind, outgoing, and yes, it was a free service. He also jokingly said that he might not be able to find the way, as he might be “lost.” It was about a five minute ride, and then we arrived at Lost Lake.
It was breezy and warm, add family, and you have a memorable trip.
Soon it was time to say goodbye and make our way back home.
On the way home (on the train), these sceneries were captured:
This concluded our little one-day trip to Whistler by train. Unforgettable experience, and we were all very fortunate enough to be able to see things from a different angle. Special thanks to our conductor David, who provided excellent service and detailed storytelling during the trip.
The day started cloudy and damp, and it was raining the night before. Nonetheless, we booked this one-day, round trip to Whistler on board the famous Rocky Mountaineer. The route we travelled on is named the Sea to Sky Climb. More on the name later.
So we gathered at the North Vancouver train station at 7:30 in the morning. The sun was poking through, and people started to gather, waiting to be boarded.
The train started rolling at approximately 8:00am and we were all very excited about this adventure.
Due to the protocol (speed limit), the train could only travel at 40 km/h (25 mi/h), and as a result, a normal 90-min trip by car from North Van to Whistler took an amazing three hours. Talking about getting my money worth on the train.
Now, the Sea to Sky Climb.
It is named because from approx Squamish to Whistler, the elevation increases by 700 meters, roughly the same height as The Chief (Stawamus Chief to be more official). That is quite a climb.
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Another gorgeous weekend in Vancouver. Temperature in the high 20’s, under a clear blue sky. I was out with my daughter at our usual spot
Love the area, and I like to be able to experience all parts of nature in one close setting. In a nearby neighbourhood, there is a community garden,
And this is right by an abandoned railroad track.
Everyone is out enjoying the sunshine, and our little friends are also out in full force.
Below are more photos from the garden:
Finally, who are our little friends from the above photo? Here is the answer…