During our car journey through the west of Canada we visited Vancouver. What a nice city that is! After many car kilometers it was high time to activate go travel on foot. It was a wonderfully varied day.
It was a sunny Saturday in September. Because we had booked an affordable hotel in North Vancouver, we parked the car in a garage on Richards Street. On the weekend you can park there for less than 7 dollars for a whole day in a parking garage and it is a great location to explore the city on foot.
Our first goal was Harbor Center. It is a small shopping center with the Lookout Tower, the high observation tower that you see from far and from where you can see the entire city.
On the other side of West Cordova Street is the beautiful Waterfront Station, where you should definitely pay attention to the ceilings. It is of course busy there, just like in Howe Street, because it leads to the cruise terminal and Canada Place with the characteristic many pointed roof.
The cruise terminal pier is accessible to pedestrians. We were lucky that three gigantic cruise ships were moored. It was a busy moment and at the end of the pier, halfway up the so-called Canadian Trail, we had a good view of Burrard Inlet and the Seabus. This ferry sails at normal public transportation fare to Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver. FlyOver Canada is also located on the pier.
We continued our way over a small stretch of the Seawal in the direction of the Floatplane Terminal. It was a coming and going of those nice seaplanes. We could see Stanley Park beautifully, just like the tops of the iconic Lions Gate Bridge that connects the Park with North Vancouver.
After walking a few meters back we turned to the Jack Poole Plaza. To the left was the entrance to the Convention Center and there was also the Digital Orca, a somewhat Lego-like work of art by Douglas Coupland. On the right we found the Olympic Couldron, the Olympic flame of the 2010 Games. Unfortunately, the flame is not lit anymore.
Via Thurlow Street we arrived in Robson Street, one of the major shopping streets of the city. We followed Robson Street for quite a long time. However, due to a breakup, we had to walk around the Vancouver Art Gallery. At one point we saw a building on the left that resembled the Colosseum in Rome with a bit of imagination. It turned out to be the Vancouver Public Library. It was very busy in the hall. We found diverse little shops there. On the other hand, we left the building and turned into Hamilton Street and walked past the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, better known as CBC.
At the end of Robson Street is the B.C. Place Stadium, home of the Canadian Football League team BC Lions and the MLS football players of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
As something was going on in the stadium, we went to the right and approached False Creek where the Aquabus and other vessels sailed frequently. We sauntered along the Creek and saw Olympic Village across the street, the place where the Olympic athletes were staying in 2010. And you can’t ignore the globe of Science World.
We turned left onto Carall Street and skimmed past the Rogers Arena where ice hockey and concerts take place. There were a number of mobile locker room trailers in the parking lot, so there was a lot of commotion.
Continuing a little further we arrived in Chinatown. This district has the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Although there is a beautiful Chinese gate to admire and the street furniture, shops and eateries seemed quite worthwhile, we did not feel comfortable in view of the many wanderers and rough people hanging around. Quickly on to the cozy Gastown.
Gassy Jack stood perkily on his pedestal on the corner with Water Street. In that street the cute Steam Clock is regularly giving away its steam show to countless tourists.
After enjoying a snack and a drink in the “station restoration” of Waterfront Station, we did another round of shopping. Via Seymour Street and West Pender Street we headed to the Pacific Center Mall.
When we had seen the shops and saw the sky again at Robson Street, it was time to look for the car. Via Granville Street and West Georgia Street we ended up in Richards Street again.
This round of almost 9 km, without counting the sidetrips here and there, gave us the feeling that we have had a good impression of this part of the city.