Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Recent walks along Stanley Park Seawall

In the last week or so we have had to go into the city several times to visit a friend in hospital.  The nearest easy walking to this is Stanley Park so we have taken the opportunity a couple of times to take Mojo and combine the trip downtown with a walk for him.

The first of the walks was on a cold, rainy November day.  We had a shorter walk along the southside of the park.

This view looking back towards the edge of the West End and Burrard Bridge.


Views along the sea wall

IMG_0195 Third Beach is deserted – not surprising for the time of year.


Sunlight catches a tanker which is anchored in Burrard Inlet.


A little sun shines through on the Lighthouse Park penninsula,


The following day we were back at Stanley Park and this time it was a lovely sunny day, still quite a lot of cloud on the Northshore but nonetheless a lovely day.  This time we walked along some of the North East side of the park.  This is a view of sunny Stanley Park.

IMG_0203 Yachts moored in Coal Harbour, with the edge of the West End behind.



We head past Hallelujah Point and the North Shore comes into view.


The Second Narrows Bridge is just visible through some low-lying fog, the Seabus crossing Burrard Inlet in front of it.


Then a couple of days later we returned again to Stanley Park while with Mojo downtown.  This time the weather was again beautiful and we completed the whole seawall.

This is a panorama view of North Vancouver.


The towers of Lower and Central Lonsdale with snowy Lynn Peak in the background on the left and Mt Seymour on the right.


The view of the Second Narrows bridge as before, but this time beautifully clear.


Huge Olympic rings are established on a barge in Burrard inlet, ready for illumination in 2010 as a backdrop to the TV broadcasters based in Coal Harbour.


Other peaks in North Vancouver including Grouse Mountain on the right hand side (parts of a couple of the ski-runs are just visible)


Views across towards the British Properties sub-division in West Vancouver.  In the middle of the photo you can just see the two snowy peaks of The Lions peeping over the top of the hill.


Lions Gate Bridge.


Looking back towards North Vancouver, the lighthouse at Brockton Point seen on the right.


Snowy Mt Baker in Washington State can just be seen on the horizon, it was much clearer to the naked eye than on this image though.  Also, it was unusual to see it so clearly during the day this time of year, often it’s only seen later in the afternoon as the sun has moved around further and is shining on the old volcano.


Lions Gate Bridge with West Vancouver in the background.


A CN Rail train passes over the bridge next to the dog beach in Ambleside.


Another view of the bridge.

IMG_0230 Looking West towards West Vancouver with Bowen Island beyond and the peaks of Howe Sound in the distance.


Unlike our previous recent walks, today West Vancouver is bathed in sunshine.


Finally we complete the sea wall and start heading back towards the car.  The sun moved around and now provides good views of downtown.


Finally, after picking up the car we headed back into downtown and caught this interesting snap while stopped at lights on West Georgia Street.  The sunlight and mix of new and old architecture caught my eye.

IMG_0237 Three great walks and very convenient on the doorstep when you have things to do downtown !

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