Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for Visiting Vancouver


Vancouver, British Columbia has been rated the third most liveable city in the world, right behind Vienna, Austria (where my parents are from) and Melbourne, Australia. 

If you are visiting Vancouver don’t forget to enjoy the outdoors - we have a variety of beautiful scenic spots which I would like to share with your here.

Everything in blue is a link to more information. Click any photo to enlarge.

Enjoy visiting Vancouver…


Looking at the North Shore mountains from Point Grey,
 on the West Side of Vancouver.

Another view from Point Grey over to West Vancouver and Cypress Mountain.

The Five Sails at the Pan Pacific Hotel.

Seaplane docks below Vancouver Convention Centre.

A look at Vancouver from Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver.

Close-up  of Vancouver from Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver.
(Mount Baker, in Washington State, can be seen in the background)

Passing under the Lions Gate Bridge - exiting Vancouver by cruise ship.

Sailing at Jericho Beach
A short walk to the left you'll find The Galley Patio and Grill.

And this is the view from The Galley.

Vancouver and local mountains from Seasons In the Park Restaurant,
atop Queen Elizabeth Park.

Main Quarry Garden, Queen Elizabeth Park.

Kayaking in False Creek - Burrard Street Bridge in background.

View of the West End of Vancouver from Vanier Park.
(The link above will take you to a video I shot from Vanier Park - enjoy)

Sunset at Vanier Park, off leash dog beach.

Grouse Mountain, taken from Mountain View Cemetery.

The Lions, taken from Mountain View Cemetery.


I regularly go on walkabouts throughout this world-class city and these photos are just a taste of the beauty and splendour I take in as I play tourist in my own backyard; thank you for joining me today.

I hope you enjoyed visiting Vancouver. 


Do you play tourist in your city and enjoy all it has to offer?


Cheers, Jenny

32 comments:

  1. Would love to visit once!

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    1. Let me know when you plan your trip, Claudia - I'll be here to give you the private tour! :)

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  2. Wow, fantastic photos. It looks a lovely place to visit.

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    1. Thanks, Sally - definitely worth a visit. Let me know when you're coming by! I love showing my city to visitors. :)

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  3. How beautiful! I've only been to Canada once and it was close to the border (for my mom's work)but I'd love to visit Vancouver. So pretty!

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    1. Dani, which border? Given it's a long one it might have been way back East. :) :)
      If you get up here let me know and I'll be happy to show you around.

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  4. I LOVE Vancouver. I used to go there when I lived in Seattle. I want to go back and these gorgeous pictures have certainly amped up that desire. I play tourist around Chicago all the time, taking some of the tours, trekking around the neighborhoods, etc. It's great fun.

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    1. Hi Melissa - thanks for stopping by!
      I'm please to read that you play tourist in and around Chicago - now that's one place I would like to visit.

      And, you're right, "It's great fun" to play tourist at home. Affordable too! :) :)

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  5. LOve,love, love Vancouver.

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  6. Beautiful! I've only been to Vancouver once, but it was for a writers conference so I didn't get to see much other than the hotel. I'd love to visit again when I actually have time to see the sights.

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    1. Was that the SIWC? I try to attend that one, but missed it last year - life got in the way.

      Next time you're up please let me know - I'll give you the VIP tour! :) :)

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  7. wow! who knew Vancouver was so beautiful? and filled with so much water? i better go get a map...

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    1. Hi Pam - thanks for stopping by.

      I'm a water person so it's vital I live close to it - and we do have lots! :)

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  8. Your city and its environments are really impressive and beautiful ... You have the wonderful benefits of having the sea and the mountains close by. Anyways, naturally I think that Cologne has to be among those cities ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Martin, for taking a look.
      I do agree, Köln is outstanding - my last visit was 2009 - I thoroughly enjoyed myself there.

      If you ever find yourself heading to Vancouver let me know - it would be my pleasure to show you around. :)

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  9. I would love to visit Vancouver so much and this has backed my love for it up even more Jenny, great post!

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    1. You know, Matthew, you have an open invitation... as does our dear friend - should you (or both of you) find Vancouver on your radar you know I'm here for you. I mean that! Hugs.

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  10. I try to escape my city as often as I can. It has a lot to offer but I am bored with it. I get bored quite easily.

    Vancouver looks totally beautiful. I hope to see it some day.

    excellent Post as usual!

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    1. What a treat - seeing you here has just added a rainbow to my day! Thanks, Bruce. :) :)

      Come visit Vancouver - I'll give you the tour! :)

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  11. Beautiful scenery. Must be great to have those mountain views so close by!

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    1. Hi Nick - thank you for dropping in - always appreciate seeing you here! :)

      The last two photos are of the view I see daily on my way from my home to my studio - I never, ever tire of it - and, given the variety of weather patterns it's never the same twice. Blink and it's gone - so on many of my drives I do stop and drink in the splendour.

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  12. Everything I've heard about Vancouver is wonderful.
    Living close to Philadelphia, I don't play near the tourist I should.
    But, I'm put off by gunfire.
    And I can see Camden, New Jersey from there.

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    1. Time to don your tourist skivvies and head out - take Mrs. P with you and check out what's new around town... I'll be expecting a full report (aka post) at some point in the near future. My Russian friends have eyes on you, so you better not disappoint me!

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  13. Beautiful pictures! I wish we had something to be proud of. We do have Flint and Detroit aka the 100 miles of murder!
    I guess I
    ll just keep taking people by the feed mill and showing 'em where the cows get their food from.

    ps...a showing from Bruce! How lucky you are!

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    1. Thanks, Bushman! :) You and your lovely wife have a standing invite - just let me know when I need to lace up my tour director boots! :) :)

      Re Bruce - I'm guessing tour of a beautiful city trumps an invite to see feed mill & cows... *silly grin injected here*

      It sure was a treat having him show up, he was the very first follower I had, after me, my daughter and her beau... you were a close second and I'm honoured that you boys have hung in with my blog for so long.

      As I wrote, in my reply to Bruce, his visit added the rainbow to my day... as do yours.

      If I haven't said it before then let me say it now - the day aways seems a little peppier when you drop in and say hello via your comments. :) :)

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  14. Very pretty! Honeyman and I have a dream of visiting Alaska and we would be driving most likely and maybe go that way.

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    1. You could drive to Vancouver and catch a cruise ship from here to Alaska - I did it the cruise last June and it was amazing.

      Remember to let me know - I would really want to show you Vancouver through the eyes of a crazy Vancouverite! :)

      Maybe your sweet daughter would do a trade - her school trip for a family trip to Vancouver and Alaska - you could probably do the whole thing for the school trip budget! If only money wasn't an obstacle, eh - the thing's we'd do! :)

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    2. Jenny, really? I thought a vacation up there would cost us a lot more than that. I might have to do some checking.

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    3. I would definitely check it out, Ruth - if you are serious let's do a little behind the scene chatting - I would be happy to do any sleuthing from my end re great cruise rates etc... and we can talk about the option of your sweet daughter hanging back in town with me and my daughter (aka Vancouver Mermaid) while you and Honeyman do the Alaska run - could be fun!

      Life's too short not to look at all your option! If not this year, maybe next...

      PS - I republished this twice because my link didn't work - just in case you subscribe and wonder "what is she doing"... :P

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  15. Hi Jenny .. I need to come back and see more of the City properly .. and no I really don't get out and about as much here as I should .. perhaps now I can - once this freezing weather decides to go!!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hilary, you should come back and when you do I want to know so I can be your personal tour guide of this beautiful city.

      Give the wonderful post you've written, in the past, about your outings I'd say you do a pretty good job of playing tourist at home. One day I'm going to be checking it out too!!

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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