Vancouver: by boat

“There’s nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

This year, while in Vancouver, I got to see some of my favourite places from a completely different viewpoint. My sister-in-law, Karen, and her brother, Dean, had purchased a sport utility boat (which Karen described as something between a speed boat and a fishing boat). So, one sunny afternoon, we boarded the boat and set ‘sail’ for English Bay, Burrard Inlet and Vancouver Bay.

Our trip began at Fishermen’s Cove (which is about a five minute drive from Horseshoe Bay) and we passed Bowen Island to our right and Lighthouse Park on the left en route to English Bay.

From English Bay, we could see the entrance to False Creek. Beyond the Burrard Street Bridge there are lots of boats, moored close to Granville Island. We contemplated checking it out, but instead decided to head around Stanley Park.

I loved seeing the cyclists on the Seawall, which is how I’ve previously explored Stanley Park… and I loved going underneath the iconic Lions Gate Bridge.

We crossed the Burrard Inlet into Vancouver Bay and headed to Lonsdale Quay to see the Tall Ship that was in port – such a majestic sight.

Next we headed close to Downtown and we could see Canada Place and Coal Harbour. We sped past a huge cruise ship, which was en route to Alaska, just as a float plane flew overhead. Next year, I think I might try to see Vancouver from the air 🙂

By the time we started the return journey, the sun had dipped low in the sky and it was so lovely. I adore this time of day, as the sun casts a golden glow over the landscape.

And I loved the blues of the Gulf Islands – I’ve seen paintings of the islands looking like this and it is stunning scenery.

All too soon, the boat trip was over as we made our way back into Fishermen’s Cove. The boats were reflecting into the water, as the sun set behind us.

Thanks Karen and Ross for an awesome afternoon ♥♥♥


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