Friday, June 29, 2012

Exploring Vancouver, Canada! Part 2

Duckie's adventure exploring beautiful Vancouver continues with his trip to Granville Island Market!

The journey continues by catching another Aquabus

With our cheerful captain

And our safety gear

And our fellow passengers

Amazed at the bridges we’re about to go under

And even more amazed at the high-density, trendy and expensive! neighborhood known as Yaletown, one of the fastest-growing residential downtowns in North America where nearly 40,000 people have moved into in the last 10 years. Nowhere is this urban renaissance more apparent than in the densely packed high-rise condos & converted warehouses of Yaletown.

And under the Burrard Street bridge we arrive at the Granville Island market. A fascinating assortment of colourful stalls, showcasing unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field.

Where we dock with the other water ferries coming and going

And browse the market of fruits, veggies, flowers, artwork & handcrafts then join the crowds to eat dessert and sip lattes on the waterfront while the musicians entertain under the afternoon sun. (oops! Sorry, no pics of that scene!).

Then head back to the water ferry

Where we (that’s my friend Glenna) board our ferry that will take us under the bridges, back across False Creek to the SkyTrain

And watch others arriving to enjoy the market

And watch the other boats go by

Passing the boathouses that people live in on the creek

Heading under the Cambie Street Bridge on our way to the dock near Science World at the far end of False Creek

After we landed, we looked back across False Creek at BC Place, a multi-purpose stadium located at the north side of False Creek, the home field for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. It was built originally in 1983 with an inflatable roof, but closed in 2010 for major renovations and reopened in Sept 2011 as the world’s largest cable supported retractable roof stadium. It was the Olympic Stadium for the 2010 winter Olympics and has hosted the CFL Grey Cup eight times.

And looking the other direction across False Creek, beside the Science World, we can see one of the Skytrains heading into our next station. Then it’s off home to plan the next adventure!

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