As our renovations continue in the basement we had to order the fixtures & fittings for the new laundry. We had managed to order and arrange delivery of 95% of the cabinets, cabinet doors, sink etc from a certain well known Swedish furniture outlet. However, when ordering our cabinetry from our nearest store in Coquitlam a couple of items were out of stock. After checking what we needed was available from the other store in the city located in Richmond I decided to head over there this week to ensure we had everything required for our contractors to install on Monday.
After setting out Mojo seemed a little restless in the car, perhaps because I hadn’t walked him before we left home. So I pulled into a park en-route to let him stretch his legs and do his business. This was a small city park I had never visited, located just West of the Second Narrows Bridge right on the shores of Burrard Inlet in East Vancouver, called New Brighton Park. It turned out to be a really lovely little dog-friendly park in amongst the urban industrial neighbourhood.
Gorgeous fall colours of the maple trees in the park.
New Brighton Parks history actually goes back further than the rest of the city, being the original location of Hastings Townsite, established in 1865 it housed the citys first post office, dock, stable, playing field, customs office and museum.
The dock and sea oriented history of the city is still very visible from this location, being surrounded by water, a container ship terminal to our West and immediately to the East the Viterra terminal which exports by sea feed for cattle and poultry using grain grown in Saskatchewan and brought here by rail.
We are close to the Second Narrows Bridge.
Views from the waterfront park to the West down Burrard Inlet towards downtown and West Vancouver.
Across to North Vancouver with The Lions on the left and the ‘bump’ of Mt Fromme on the right. In the centre the dry ski-runs are visible although at the time of writing the local mountains have just had their first snow of the season so winter is definitely on it’s way !
Zoomed in on Grouse Mountain and Mt Fromme.
Panorama of the view from New Brighton Park.
After a good chase around after a stick and a couple of other dogs we head back towards the car, views here as we leave New Brighton Park.
We continue the approximately 40-minute drive across town to Richmond, passing this colourful street scene on the way.
We reach the Richmond branch of Ikea. This particular store is almost directly under the flight path for Vancouver International Airport. If you have ever approached YVR from the East you have most likely flown right over the top of them.
After spending absolutely ages in Ikea sorting a few of their administerial errors we collect the missing items we required and then get back to the car and Mojo who is still waiting patiently in the back. I had seen on the map that there were a couple of small riverfront parks near to us that we could stop in for another run around before returning home.
Views here across the North Arm of the Fraser River, looking at Vancouver from the Richmond side.
Views West along the Fraser River.
More views across the river.
Finally a panorama from the riverfront park before heading home.