Aside from the lack of true heat in the sun, days settled down into 21-23°C temp days. So with bus passes itching to make tracks we very very quickly re-associated ourselves with the city, in particular the water front areas of Kits Beach, Granville Island & UBC.
One of the essential things to do in Vancouver regardless of the season is head to Granville Island. It’s an old industrial Island that once was one of the major industrial hubs of the city. Amazingly one of the biggest industries on the island still exists – thanks to False Creek (Vancouver’s opening to the Pacific Ocean), the cement factory. Aside from this, the place is now home to a massive produce market, arts & crafts stores & some of the yummiest restaurants, cafes & pubs. Not to mention home to Vancouver’s coolest University, Emily Carr (http://www.ecuad.ca/). The map below opens to a large PDF. You’ll see on that map bottom centre, the water park. It was a great place to come with the boys last time, although Chucky was a little, well little. But as you can see from the pic above, the boys are fully into the water park. It’s nothing like an amusement park water park, it’s got 2 slides only, both very small, it’s got lots of water jets and some nice places to hang out in the sun. But for some reason it’s fantastic – possibly because it’s free & easy to get to.
A pic of the last remain large commercial heavy industry on Granville Island. It’s amazing how the massive concrete trucks (much bigger than in NZ) can live with the tens of thousands of tourists on the very tight narrow lanes – but somehow they do.
This is a view from the Sandbar restaurant patio. It’s a wonderful place, we had to take Carl & Jeanie and Ingrid there last time we were in Vancouver. Because it’s very high up, against the water and nestled under the Granville Bridge, the patio can be a little cool. They have that sorted, with the heaters & blankets for folks knees. Not the cheapest place in Vancouver, but also not the priciest, and with a view like that, one of the coolest.
These water taxis have been a fav of ours ever since we’ve been coming to YVR. They are a very cool way to get around False Creek. I LOVE them. This pic is looking north across to Downtown.
Another view of Yaletown & Downtown
A view of Granville Bridge