The final day of my short Vancouver getaway

The timing for this short visit to Vancouver worked out very well. After 2 gorgeous days, the weather was forecast to turn sour as I left. I had no plans for Day 3, and I didn’t really feel driven to see or accomplish anything. Wandering around looking at flowers, architecture, and art – in the sunshine as long as possible.

I started the day off by walking 5 blocks up to Davie Street for a good breakfast. Joe’s Grill gets good reviews, and it was perfect. The loaded House Special omelette for $15.50 fueled me up for a good morning, and the classic rock music being played was appropriate for my thoughts about the early 1970s when I lived 4 blocks away.

This part of Davie Street has always been particularly colourful. In the 1960s it was one of the main areas where hippies gathered, and some of the city’s legendary music venues like the short-lived Retinal Circus date to that era. Then in the early ’70s the gay community became much more visible, and that remains the case today.

The Heart of Davie Village in Vancouver, BC
#WeAmaze is a multi-year promotion of The West End, particularly Davie, Denman, And Robson Streets.

#WeAmaze - The West End of Vancouver, BC
The Davie Village Community Garden was developed in about 2008 on the former site of a Shell gas station and small mall. The property owners allowed the garden to be developed in exchange for a large reduction in their property taxes while they came up with a suitable development plan.

The Davie Village Community Garden in Vancouver, BC
Now, the garden site is about to become the location of a 43 story residential/commercial tower. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted…

The Davie Village Community Garden in Vancouver, BC
The West End is rapidly losing its historic buildings, but the Holly Lodge on Davie Street remains. Built in 1910-11, it’s the only Vancouver residential apartment building designed by San Francisco architects Wright, Rushforth & Cahill.

Historic Holly Lodge in Vancouver, BC
Not being photographically inspired by the buildings I was seeing, I was soon back on the waterfront. Flowers, the sea, a sandy beach – ahhhhh…. 🙂

Cherry blossoms in Vancouver, BC

English Bay in Vancouver, BC

The sculpture by Bernar Venet from France is titled “217.5 arc x 13”. The title reflects its precise mathematical composition – 13 corten steel arcs curved at a 217.5-degree angle.

A sculpture by Bernar Venet from France titled '217.5 arc x 13', on the beach in Vancouver, BC
Although I saw a few people playing with their dogs on the beach over the 3 days I was there, there are many signs saying it’s not allowed. A $2,000 fine – wow!

No dogs allowed on the beach in Vancouver, BC
Sunset Beach Park, created in 1959, completed the dream of a continuous strip of public waterfront along English Bay. The last building on that waterfront, the 1928 Crystal Pool, was demolished in 1974.

Vancouver, BC
The next photo shows the first water taxi dock at the foot of False Creek, with the Coast Guard station on the opposite side.

Water taxi dock and Coast Guard base at False Creek,Vancouver, BC
From there I went back to my hotel, checked out and asked them to hold my daypack for a few hours while I continued exploring. I shot the next photo of the Vancouver House project from under the Granville Street Bridge, then made my way back to the waterfront path.

The Vancouver House project in Vancouver, BC
It was quite jarring to see this vandalism along the path…

A bike tossed into False Creek at Vancouver, BC
A glimpse at what looks like it might be a pretty cool life 🙂

An old guy rafting along False Creek in Vancouver, BC
The amount of park space in one of Canada’s most densely-populated areas continued to amaze me.

A park along False Creek in Vancouver, BC
Khenko, the fisher, is the Coast Salish mythical name for the great blue heron. This large sculpture was created by Douglas R. Taylor to celebrate the return of the birds to False Creek, which used to be a very busy industrial area full of sawmills and boat builders in particular.

Khenko great blue heron sculpture in Vancouver, BC
This sculpture made me think of a whaling harpoon but I couldn’t find a descriptive panel.

Sculpture in False Creek, Vancouver, BC
There was a lovely variety of colours in this park.

Spring blossoms in Vancouver, BC
If I was going to pick a single image to describe this Vancouver getaway, this would be the one. There were some multi-million-dollar yachts in the marina to the right.

Waterfront path in Vancouver, BC
I wondered in my last blog post about how many people are injured by getting hit by bicycles. It seems that actually is a concern – “You’re not expecting to be hit by a cyclist today”.

You're not expecting to be hit by a cyclist today in Vancouver, BC
I approached the next very large sculpture from the wrong angle, and it took me a while to figure it out. Some of the panels seemed to be describing photos.

Sculpture in Vancouver, BC
From the other side, from the right angle, some photos could be discerned high on the sculpture.

Sculpture in Vancouver, BC
The next photo shows the entire sculpture. There’s a lot of interesting historical information on the panels.

Sculpture in Vancouver, BC
One more sculpture – this is The Time Top, by J. Pethick.

The Time Top sculpture by J. Pethick, in Vancouver, BC
I was very surprised and very pleased to find a leash-free dog park along the path, and spent a while watching dogs and their owners playing.

A leash-free dog park in Vancouver, BC
It was now after noon, so I started walking back towards the hotel. I once again passed The Two Parrots bar and restaurant, then did a U-turn and went in for lunch. Fish and chips with a couple of good local beers and a chat with the server was a fine way to end the main part of my exploring. The next photo was shot from the sidewalk in front of the table I’d been sitting at.

The view from Two Parrots bar and restaurant in Vancouver, BC
A nice splash of colour along Davie Street.

Downtown Florist on Davie Street in Vancouver, BC
Beside my hotel, a very deep excavation is starting to fill with the concrete base of a new building.

A new building starting in Vancouver, BC
At 2:20 I started walking back to the Yaletown/Roundhouse station of the Canada Line, and by 3:00 I was up on the observation deck at YVR. I had 5 hours to kill but that was okay.

The view from the observation deck at YVR, Vancouver, BC
7:55 pm – on board and ready to head home. I was asleep before the wheels let the ground, and woke up as we descended into Whitehorse. I don’t think I had ever slept like that on a flight before.

Vancouver, BC
The final pedometer summary of the trip – I walked 43.4 kilometers in the 3 days. It was an excellent trip in every way.

Putting on some serious miles walking around Vancouver, BC


The final day of my short Vancouver getaway — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Murray,
    I smiled while reading about your Vancouver visit and looking at your great photos. Glad you enjoyed your visit to “my town” as much as I enjoy my visits to the Yukon.

  2. Very nice Murray. Glad you were not flattened by a cyclist LOL. I hear there are many incidents and near-misses in the downtown core. Very glad that you enjoyed your stay and exploration. I was downtown today (from Coquitlam where I live now) to get a few things done. If everything goes well I will be in the Yukon in the Fall.