Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Malaspina Galleries are spectacular sandstone spits carved by surf and frost at the western tip of Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

The Malaspina Galleries are spectacular sandstone spits carved by surf and frost at the western tip of Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

On our second day docked in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, we took a BC ferry for a 20-minute ride across the bay to Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada.  Gabriola Island is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia with a full time resident population of slightly more than 4,000.  Upon our arrival, we caught the local shuttle bus and headed west to a wooded trail to the beautiful coastal rock formations known as the Malaspina Galleries – spectacular sandstone spits carved by surf and frost; the formations were named after the 18th-century Spanish explorer Alejandro Malaspina.  We then walked uphill to the nearby town of Gabriola where we explored local artisan wares at several galleries and had lunch at the locals’ favorite “diner”, Robert’s Place.  The island is home to numerous artists and there are several art fairs each year including a studio tour across the island in October.

 

A small pool of sea water provided a nice reflection in the carved sandstone of the Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

A small pool of sea water provided a nice reflection in the carved sandstone of the Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

A small patch of wild grass was blowing in the ocean winds on the Malaspina Galleries with an ocean front home visible in the distance, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British

A small patch of wild grass was blowing in the ocean winds on the Malaspina Galleries with an ocean front home visible in the distance, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

Many of the ocean front homes on Malaspina Drive near the Malaspina Galleries (typically occupied year round) were quite attractive, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Co

Many of the ocean front homes on Malaspina Drive near the Malaspina Galleries (typically occupied year round) were quite attractive, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada, is heavily forested; this inlet was near the ferry terminal

Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada, is heavily forested; this inlet was near the ferry terminal

 

A view towards the ferry terminal on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

A view towards the ferry terminal on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia, Canada

 

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Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Panorama of Nanaimo Harbor, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Panorama of Nanaimo Harbour, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

Nanaimo, just across the Strait of Georgia from Vancouver, is British Columbia’s third-oldest settlement.  While the larger city of Victoria, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island may be more familiar, Nanaimo has a charm all its own.  Strolling along the waterfront, visitors find small shops and floating restaurants that have taken the place of rundown piers.  Victoria Crescent and Commercial Street are lined with old storefronts and bars — if not for the occasional car, walkers might believe they have stepped back in time to the early 1900s.  Nanaimo boasts a vibrant art and music scene and, like all of British Columbia, there is no shortage of outdoor recreation.

 

Boats tied up at Nanaimo Harbour, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Boats tied up at Nanaimo Harbour, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

A typical street with shops in the Old Quarter of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

A typical street lined with shops in the Old Quarter of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

A marijuana dispensary in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada; citizens of BC can have up to 150 grams of dried marijuana for medical purposes if they get a document (lik

A marijuana dispensary in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada; citizens of BC can have up to 150 grams of dried marijuana for medical purposes if they get a document (like a prescription) from a doctor

 

The late Victorian style St. Andrews United Church was built in 1893 (designed by American architect6 Warren H. Hayes), Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The late Victorian style St. Andrews United Church was built in 1893 (designed by American architect Warren H. Hayes), Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada; the tall bell tower and steep roof make the church a prominent landmark on Nanaimo’s skyline

 

Nanaimo, like Victoria, has many beautiful hanging baskets full of colorful flowers along the city_s shopping streets, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Nanaimo, like Victoria, has many beautiful hanging baskets full of colorful flowers along the city’s shopping streets, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

We had a nice lunch with friends at Asteras Greek Taverna, a restaurant that has garnered several “Best of City” awards in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

We had a nice lunch with friends at Asteras Greek Taverna, a restaurant that has garnered several “Best of City” awards in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

“The Nanaimo bar is a dessert item of Canadian origin.  It is a bar dessert which requires no baking and is named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.  It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custard flavoured butter icing which is covered with melted chocolate made from chocolate squares.  Many varieties exist, consisting of different types of crumb, different flavours of icing (e.g., mint, peanut butter, coconut, mocha), and different types of chocolate.” — Wikipedia

 

The Nanaimo bar is a dessert item of Canadian origin -- a bar dessert which requires no baking and is named after the city of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Nanaimo bar is a dessert item of Canadian origin — a bar dessert which requires no baking and is named after the city of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

The story behind Salish Spirit by Noel Brown of the Snuneymuxw First Nation:  “Long ago there were no divisions between humans, animals and spirits.  All things of the earth, sky and water were connected and all beings could pass freely between them.  The salmon people, the kindest of them all, would pass through our village each season and leave their bodies behind to feed the humans, birds and animal people.  They then would return to the oceans without their bodies and when they reached their homes their forms would look just like human beings, and their homes would look like the villages of our people.  We change forms to help one another.  To honour and respect this cycle we always return the bones and body parts back to the sea, to respect these salmon people.  We respect these swimming people because of their kindness, determination and courage.  They also bring the healing powers to the villages.  Eagles are a source of spiritual power and wisdom that bring help, peace of mind and heart to communities.  Long ago, elders sighted eagles soaring over the harbor and Jack’s Point.  This was a sign, telling the people of the village that salmon were coming to feed the people.  In our times of need, eagles would come forward to tell us to prepare for the coming of the salmon people.  It is extraordinary that these same eagles flew over and looked onto the ground-breaking of the cruise ship terminal, during the blessing by former Chief Viola Wyse in October 2008.  Together, eagles and salmon symbolize that we all are connected and dependent on one another.  If we come together, like the eagle and salmon, we too will have a deeper understanding that will help us build strong, healthy and prosperous futures.”

 

Salish Spirit by Noel Brown of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, displayed at the Nanaimo Cruise Terminal, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Salish Spirit by Noel Brown of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, displayed at the Nanaimo Cruise Terminal, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

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Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Stanley Park is one of the city's main tourist destinations, attracting approximately 8 million visitors each year, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Stanley Park is one of the city’s main tourist destinations, attracting approximately 8 million visitors each year, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; this panorama of some of downtown’s residential high rises was photographed from the Seawall east of the Vancouver Rowing Club on Coal Harbour

 

“Ideally situated on a peninsula at the northwestern edge of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Stanley Park is one of the city’s main tourist destinations, attracting approximately 8 million visitors each year.  Featuring lovely beaches, miles of well-maintained paved and dirt trails, Canada’s largest aquarium and an array of can’t-miss kid-friendly spots (including a pool, water park, miniature railway and more), this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) haven is recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world.   As Vancouver’s first park, with its ever-blooming gardens, pristine coastal areas and roughly 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees, Stanley Park has continued to live up to its “greenspace” designation for almost 130 years.  For these reasons and more, this tranquil oasis is the perfect city escape.” – http://www.tourismvancouver.com

 

Sailboats and yachts in the marina at Coal Harbour east of the Vancouver Rowing Club, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sailboats and yachts in the marina at Coal Harbour east of the Vancouver Rowing Club, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

The nine totem poles at Brockton Point are BC's most visited tourist attraction, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The nine totem poles at Brockton Point are BC’s most visited tourist attraction, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

A seaplane is visible flying toward North Vancouver from our vantage point on the Seawall walk on the east side of Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A seaplane is visible flying toward North Vancouver from our vantage point on the Seawall walk on the east side of Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

“Stanley Park is consistently ranked number 1 in the world!  And the spectacular 9 kilometer (5.6 miles) Seawall – the city’s most popular recreation spot – is a huge part of that: stunning views of downtown’s skyline, Lions Gate Bridge, English Bay, sandy beaches and lush, old-growth forest.  Paved and mainly flat, the Seawall is divided for your safety: one side for pedestrians, the other for cyclists/roller bladers.” – Official Map + Guide to Vancouver’s Stanley Park

 

The Lions Gate Bridge with West Vancouver visible in the background, viewed from the Seawall walk on the middle of the east side of Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Lions Gate Bridge with West Vancouver visible in the background, viewed from the Seawall walk on the middle of the east side of Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Colorful mudflats at low tide visible from the Seawall walk along Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Colorful mudflats at low tide visible from the Seawall walk along Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

The industrial area on the north shore of English Bay between North Vancouver and West Vancouver is slated for redevelopment in the coming decades (to become residential), seen from the

The industrial area on the north shore of English Bay between North Vancouver and West Vancouver is slated for redevelopment in the coming decades (to become residential), seen from the Seawall walk along Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; the yellow material is sulfur destined for export

 

The Lions Gate Bridge viewed from the Seawall walk along Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Lions Gate Bridge viewed from the Seawall walk along Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Everyone reaching Prospect Point at the northern tip of Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is surprised to find the tree growing out of the top of the rock column

Everyone reaching Prospect Point at the northern tip of Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is surprised to find the tree growing out of the top of the rock column

 

We had an excellent luncheon of local seafood at the Teahouse (Restaurant), Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, that was originally built as a garrison and officer_s mes

We had an excellent luncheon of local seafood at the Teahouse (Restaurant), Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, that was originally built as a garrison and officer’s mess during the Second World War when Ferguson Point was a military installation

 

The ducks in Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, were oblivious to the many visitors hiking along the North Lagoon Trail through the park

The ducks in Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, were oblivious to the many visitors hiking along the North Lagoon Trail through the park

 

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Eat local, shop local, make local: Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, best known for its Public Market, is one of the most beloved public spaces in Vancouver

Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, best known for its Public Market, is one of the most beloved public spaces in Vancouver – a self-sustaining redevelopment project that is now home to more than 300 businesses, marinas, fish-mongers, studios and cultural facilities, employing a total of more than 3,000 people

 

“In the early 1900s, Granville Island [inside Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada] was home to factories, plants and sawmills.  Things are a little different today — Granville Island is both a locals’ favorite and a huge draw for visitors.  Technically a sandspit and not an island, the neighbourhood sits just south of the downtown peninsula, right under the Granville Bridge.  The Granville Island Public Market acts as a hub of activity, but it’s also one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios.” – http://www.tourismvancouver.com

 

The “silos” that are part of the cement factory on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have been painted whimsically by a local artist

The “silos” that are part of the cement factory on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have been painted whimsically by a local artist

 

“What the Government of Canada developed in Granville Island is simply the most successful urban redevelopment in North America, which has drawn — and continues to draw — international attention from planners globally.  In 2002, Great Markets Great Cities presented Granville Island with a PPS Award of Merit for its contribution to the social, economic, and environmental health of Vancouver.  In 2004, Project for Public Spaces, a New York-based nonprofit, named Granville Island the “Best Neighborhood in North America” because of its successful transformation in the 1970s from an industrial wasteland to one of the most beloved public spaces in Vancouver.  The Island is a jewel in the Canadian government’s development crown but it’s just as treasured by locals and tourists for its unique offerings.  Granville Island, itself a piece of art and a destination for more than 10 million people who visit the Island annually, provides a rare example of government as an urban redevelopment standard-setter, creative marketer, and manager in one complete package.  CMHC still manages the operationally self-sustaining Granville Island, now home to more than 300 businesses, marinas, fish-mongers, studios and cultural facilities, employing a total of more than 3,000 people.” – http://www.granvilleisland.com

 

The Public Market on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is probably the island_s best know attraction with a diverse range of vendors offering both fresh produce an

The Public Market on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is probably the island’s best know attraction with a diverse range of vendors offering both fresh produce and fish along with numerous artisinal products

 

“The market itself is often described as a “food lover’s paradise,” and an impromptu picnic is easily picked up between vendors offering cheese, charcuterie, bread and fresh produce.  If you’re looking for something casual but already put together, try the popular food court at the end of the market building.  If a restaurant is more your style, there are some great seafood offerings down here, and there’s nothing like dining by the waterfront.  Don’t forget to fill your glass while you’re down here!  The area is home to an artisan sake maker (the first in Canada), a spirits distillery, and two breweries.” — www.tourismvancouver.com

 

Our early summer visit coincided with the arrival of beautiful local (British Columbia) fruit and produce at the Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Our early summer visit coincided with the arrival of beautiful local (British Columbia) fruit and produce at the Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

On our small group (7 of us) tour, we had the opportunity to sample fresh offerings from numerous vendors in the Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

On our small group (7 of us) tour, we had the opportunity to sample fresh offerings from numerous vendors in the Public Market, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

While many of us consider the northeastern sections of the U.S. and Canada as prime maple syrup country (e.g., Vermont, Quebec), British Columbia produces some excellent edible maple pro

While many of us consider the northeastern sections of the U.S. and Canada as prime maple syrup country (e.g., Vermont, Quebec), British Columbia produces some excellent edible maple products, Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; these syrups were at Maples’ Sugar Shack in the Public Market

 

These interesting fruit “caviars” for use in drinks (such as a glass of Champagne) and desserts are produced by Bubble Bombs Specialty Foods in British Columbia, Granville Island, Va

These interesting fruit “caviars” for use in drinks (such as a glass of Champagne) and desserts are produced by Bubble Bombs Specialty Foods in British Columbia, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; we tasted several and they are authentic fruit flavors in small “caviar”-shaped balls created from a kelp extract

 

Terra Breads Bakery is regarded as one of the best in Vancouver – at the Public Market on Granville Island they sell a broad array of their breads and pastries

Terra Breads Bakery is regarded as one of the best in Vancouver – at the Public Market on Granville Island they sell a broad array of their breads and pastries

 

We tasted one of Terra Breads_ savory “flatbreads” which was excellent – the day we visited they were selling roasted red pepper + spinach focaccia, cheese + herb focaccia and bl

We tasted one of Terra Breads’ savory “flatbreads” which was excellent – the day we visited they were selling roasted red pepper + spinach focaccia, cheese + herb focaccia and black olive + tomato focaccia; Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

The Green movement is very strong at both the national government, local community and individual level in British Columbia-Canada -- this free bicycle "valet" parking service is typical

The Green movement is very strong at both the national government, local community and individual level in British Columbia-Canada — this free bicycle “valet” parking service is typical of the support “Greenies” have, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is celebrating 30 years on the island with local weavers; the store has live silkworms munching away on

The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is celebrating 30 years on the island with local weavers; the store has live silkworms munching away on their favorites, mulberry leaves

 

“With a mix of unique crafts, skilled artisans, outdoor outfitters and deluxe gourmet stores, Granville Island is one of the best places in the city to purchase souvenirs for back home.  The public market is a great place to start; pick up smoked salmon, exclusive teas, and other gourmet goodies.  Check out the stores in the Net Loft building for First Nations artworks, B.C. wines, and other unique gifts.   Take a stroll along Railspur Alley and the far end of the island to peek into artisan studios where glassblowers, potters, jewellers and even a broom maker ply their crafts.” – www.tourismvancouver.com

 

Your blogger bought this beautiful black and white silk scarf woven by the founder of the Silk Weaving Studio, Diana Sanderson, for the intrepid explorer, Granville Island, Vancouver, Br

Your blogger bought this beautiful black and white silk scarf woven by the founder of the Silk Weaving Studio, Diana Sanderson, for the intrepid explorer, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Granville Island Broom Co. specializes in the traditional art of handcrafted broom making – the brooms are woven using Shaker methods and are designed to withstand years with regular u

Granville Island Broom Co. specializes in the traditional art of handcrafted broom making – the brooms are woven using Shaker methods and are designed to withstand years with regular use. Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Sisters Mary and Sarah (pictured) Schwieger learned to make brooms from their family while growing up in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia and strive to combine beauty, function an

Sisters Mary and Sarah (pictured) Schwieger, founders of the Granville Island Broom Co., learned to make brooms from their family while growing up in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia and strive to combine beauty, function and tradition in their unique products, Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Artisan Sake Maker at Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, is Canada_s first boutique sake maker producing sustainable and fresh premium sake made from rice 100% grown in fie

Artisan Sake Maker at Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, is Canada’s first boutique sake maker producing sustainable and fresh premium sake made from rice 100% grown in fields in British Columbia; we enjoyed several different styles of sake (including one sparking sake, a first for us!) at their studio on Railspur Alley

 

The Liberty Distillery, established in 2010 on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, ferments and distills on site using 100% British Columbia grains; no neutral grain s

The Liberty Distillery, established in 2010 on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, ferments and distills on site using 100% British Columbia grains; no neutral grain spirits, additives, preservatives, artificial flavors or GMO’s are used

 

The Liberty Distillery on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces a broad lineup of hand crafted, traditional spirits including vodka, unaged “whiskey”, “Tr

The Liberty Distillery on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces a broad lineup of hand crafted, traditional spirits including vodka, unaged “whiskey”, “Trust Whiskey” and gin; the whole lineup is in the front row of the photograph

 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, a coastal seaport city in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, Canada (north of Seattle, Washington, USA) is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide citi

Vancouver, a coastal seaport city in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, Canada (north of Seattle, Washington, USA and Victoria, BC) is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life; this downtown skyline image was made at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club — the marina is visible on the left side of the photograph

 

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia.  As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city… The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada.  Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre.  With over 250,000 residents, Vancouver is the fourth most densely populated city in North America behind New York, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census.  In that census, Vancouver was one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English.

 

The downtown skyline viewed from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The downtown skyline viewed from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

The Lions Gate Bridge, opened in 1938, is a suspension bridge crossing the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver with the North Shore cities North Vancouver a

The Lions Gate Bridge, opened in 1938, is a suspension bridge crossing the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver with the North Shore cities North Vancouver and West Vancouver; the term “Lions Gate” refers to The Lions, a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

“Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, and the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city ranked among the top-ten of the world’s most well-living cities for five consecutive years.  Vancouver has hosted many international conferences and events… [including] the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics which were held in Vancouver and Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 mi) north of the city.” — Wikipedia

 

The downtown skyline of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with Canada Place and the Passenger Cruise Terminal in the left center on the waterfront, viewed from Burrard Inlet

The downtown skyline of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with Canada Place and the Passenger Cruise Terminal in the left center on the waterfront, viewed from Burrard Inlet

 

Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, residential high rises viewed from the marina on Burrard Inlet at Stanley Park

Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, residential high rises viewed from the marina on Burrard Inlet at Stanley Park

 

A major intersection in the city_s oldest neighborhood, Gastown, known for its late-Victorian architecture, cobblestone streets, and antique street lanterns, Vancouver, British Columbi

A major intersection in the city’s oldest neighborhood, Gastown, known for its late-Victorian architecture, cobblestone streets, and antique street lanterns, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; the area is very popular for shopping and dining

 

Inaugurated by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in 2002, Chinatown's towering entrance is a popular landmark, with an elaborately painted section topped with a terra-cotta-tiled r

Inaugurated by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in 2002, Chinatown’s towering entrance is a popular landmark, with an elaborately painted section topped with a terra-cotta-tiled roof; the characters inscribed on its eastern front implore you to “Remember the past and look forward to the future”; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

In the heart of Chinatown is the lovely Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese Garden that was recognized as one of the “World_s Top 10 Hidden Travel Gems” by National Geographic, Vancouver, Brit

In the heart of Chinatown is the lovely Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese Garden that was recognized as one of the “World’s Top 10 Hidden Travel Gems” by National Geographic, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese physician, writer, philosopher, calligrapher and revolutionary, and the first president and founding father in 1912 of the Republic of China

 

We had the opportunity to stroll along the covered walkway in the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese Garden and view the garden_s collection of 150-year old miniature trees, Vancouver, British Co

We had the opportunity to stroll along the covered walkway in the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese Garden and view the garden’s collection of 150-year old miniature trees, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Sun Yat-sen is referred to as the “Father of the Nation” in the Republic of China (ROC), Hong Kong, Macau and the “forerunner of democratic revolution” in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

 

Residential high rises in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, viewed from Granville Island where we went shopping for local artisan goods and fresh local fruit and produce

Residential high rises in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, viewed from Granville Island where we went shopping for local artisan goods and fresh local fruit and produce

 

Sunset viewed from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sunset viewed from the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

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Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, is a very popular recreation spot with a lodge on the southern shore where we had an outstanding catered picnic lunch before

Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, is a very popular recreation spot with a lodge on the southern shore where we had an outstanding catered picnic lunch before setting off to hike the Barnes Trail to Marymere Falls

 

After hiking on Hurricane Ridge at the Olympic National Park, Washington, we drove to Lake Crescent on the northeast border of the park (the lake is approximately 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Port Angeles, Washington.  It is the second deepest lake in Washington, at an official depth of 624 feet (190 meters) — informal soundings have been recorded at more than 1,00 feet (300 meters).  We had an outstanding catered picnic lunch at lakeside before setting off to hike the Barnes Trail to Marymere Falls (1.8 miles / 2.9 kilometers one-way) through an old-growth lowland forest consisting of fir, cedar, hemlock, and alder trees.  Marymere Falls is 90 feet (27 meters) tall and flows into Barnes Creek.

 

Kayaking, canoeing and swimming are very popular at Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Kayaking, canoeing and swimming are very popular at Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

Hiking from the southern shore of Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, we came to the old-growth lowland forest entrance to the Barnes trail which took us to Marymere F

Hiking from the southern shore of Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, we came to the old-growth lowland forest entrance to the Barnes trail which took us to Marymere Falls

 

The Olympic Peninsula contains coast, forest and mountain ecosystems that combine to create a spectacular wilderness area.  The Olympic Peninsula is home to eight Native American tribes that developed complex hunter-gatherer societies and continue to keep their traditions alive.  European explorers who ventured here in the late 1700s heralded the way for homesteaders.  The Olympics were set aside as a national monument in 1909 and further protected as Olympic National Park in 1938.  Today the park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, testimony to the rich resources of the region.

 

At various points on the trail the fir, cedar, hemlock, and alder trees were covered with moss and lichen due to the high average moisture in the forest; Lake Crescent, Olympic National

At various points on the trail the fir, cedar, hemlock, and alder trees were covered with moss and lichen due to the high average moisture in the forest; Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

If these were oak trees covered with moss, then we could be in the southeastern section of the U.S., such as Florida, Georgia and Louisiana; Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washing

If these were oak trees covered with moss, then we could be in the southeastern section of the U.S., such as Florida, Georgia and Louisiana; Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

Marymere Fall, 90 feet (27 meters) tall, flows into Barnes Creek near Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Marymere Fall, 90 feet (27 meters) tall, flows into Barnes Creek near Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

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Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, is named for the often-powerful winds that blow across the Olympic Mountain Range_s backbone (panorama)

Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, is named for the often-powerful winds that blow across the Olympic Mountain Range’s backbone (panorama)

 

Hurricane Ridge is a mountainous area in Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington State, about an hour’s drive from Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  At an elevation of 5,242 feet (1,598 meters), Hurricane Ridge can be accessed year-round.  In the summer there are hiking trails, although in early July we found several trails closed due to snow on the trails.  The trails offer spectacular views (see photographs, below).  In the winter, downhill skiing is offered at the family oriented hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area

 

Looking east with the Strait of Juan de Fuca barely visible on the left (north) side of the photograph; Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Looking east with the Strait of Juan de Fuca barely visible on the left (north) side of the photograph; Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

The Olympic Peninsula contains coast, forest and mountain ecosystems that combine to create a spectacular wilderness area.  The Olympic Peninsula is home to eight Native American tribes that developed complex hunter-gatherer societies and continue to keep their traditions alive.  European explorers who ventured here in the late 1700s heralded the way for homesteaders.  The Olympics were set aside as a national monument in 1909 and further protected as Olympic National Park in 1938.  Today the park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, testimony to the rich resources of the region.

 

Rolling hills in front of the mountain ridge of snow-capped peaks, Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Rolling hills in front of the mountain ridge of snow-capped peaks, Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

Purple wild lupine on one of the hiking trails on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

Purple wild lupine on one of the hiking trails on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

A view from one of the hiking trail summits at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

A view from one of the hiking trail summits at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

Snow-capped peaks nicely framed by the tall conifers on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USASnow-capped peaks nicely framed by the tall conifers on Hurricane Ridge, Ol

Snow-capped peaks nicely framed by the tall conifers on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

One of several deer roaming the meadows on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

One of several deer roaming the meadows on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

The lupines in the meadow provided quite a contrast with the snow capped peaks above the timberline at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

The lupines in the meadow provided quite a contrast with the snow capped peaks above the timberline at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

 

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