Go West Old Man - Fall 2005 travel blog

Vancouver

Gas Town steam clock

Yorktown Clipper docked

Canada Place pier

Gastown from above


Arriving in such a big city after our days spent in wilderness and tiny towns was a bit of a shock. Since we arrived on a Sunday, large cruise ships right beside us were unloading and reloading a full complement of passengers. Security is much more of an issue here in this post 9/11 world and we were warned to allow plenty of time to get back on, since the procedure is much like it is at an airport. The teminal complex is huge and beautifully designed with billowing sails lining the roof. Just getting outside of it was a challenge as thousand of passengers and their luggage waited for airport transportation.

We've spent some quality time in Vancouver with our own transportation in recent years, so we didn't feel the need to do strenuous sightseeing. It is a beautiful city with many islands offshore and rivers adding to the ocean waterfront. We walked to the Gaslight District, the first few blocks where old Vancouver had its start and found an internet cafe. Flower baskets hung from the old fashioned street lights and bricks were under our feet.

Then we walked about two miles to a short ferry ride and Grandby Island, which has a great public market. Once we got there, I realized that we had been there before, but it didn't matter. The lovely baked goods and fresh produce did not tempt us since we are so well fed these days, but many handicraft items caught my eye. On the way back to the ship we went up Harbor Centre Tower and enjoyed a scenic overlook of the city. A good deal - our ticket allowed us to go back again for night views.

Back on ship it was interesting to hear how everyone else had spent their time. A big city has so much to offer. One group had bought tickets to the hockey game and came back sporting new jerseys. Many museums were also enjoyed. The thousand acres of Stanley Park were also a good choice on a sunny, warm day.

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