Monday 18 July 2011

Toronto to Vancouver - Log #013# (Vancouver, British Columbia)

The Old District of Vancouver.

The statue of "Gassy" Jack the founding father of Gastown. This settlement grew up quickly around the original tavern established by "Gassy" Jack and was later named Vancouver.

Here stood the old maple tree under whose branches the pioneers met in 1885 and chose the name Vancouver for this city.

Chinatown gate. 

Vancouver is very diverse ethnically. 52% of its population do not speak English as their first language and almost 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage.

Granville Island. Vancouver's Camden.

The food market on Grandville Island.

Granville Street Bridge.

View of the city from Grandville Island.

Stanley Park is a 404.9 hectare urban park more than 10% larger than New York City's Central Park.

Totem Poles in Stanley Park.

Totem poles may recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events and contrary to common belief they were never objects of worship.

Downtown Vancouver as seen from Stanley Park.

Lion's Gate Bridge. Living on the ocean surrounded by snow-capped mountains, this is Vancouver.

 Kitsilano Beach in South Vancouver.

Two beautiful accounts of WW2 Vancouver.

Jericho Beach in South Vancouver.

Vancouver Art Gallery.

Granville Street the main entertainment area in Vancouver.

The Vogue Theatre on Granville Street.

That morning, living Vancouver and Canada on my way to Seattle  for The States, at the corner of Grandville Street and 16th Avenue, an entirely untimely and unplanned collision happened.

Treated at St. Paul's Hospital for wrist sprain. America on stand by...

Soundtrack: Bob Dylan, You Ain't Goin Nowhere (a song he recorded while recuperating from his motorcycle accident in the middle 60's)

Thursday 14 July 2011

Toronto to Vancouver - Log #012# (Prince George - Vancouver, British Columbia)

Morning caffeine boost, for the 670 Km long drive to Vancouver.

Entering the last Canadian Province, British Columbia.

Industrial city and North capital of British Columbia Prince George.

McLeese Lake.

Thunder rolling.

83 Mile House was an important stop on the Cariboo Wagon Road during the Cariboo Gold Rush

School in little town Clinton.

1898 picture of schoolchildren with McMillans, McDougalls (of Scottish descent) and Luthers (of German origin) forming the majority of students.

Some stroke it lucky some lost fortunes.


Overlooking Thompson River.

Fake Aboriginal tents part of a tourist campsite but I guess they must be looking quite similar with the original ones.

River Fraser and a long line of freight wagons of the CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway).

Yale was founded in 1848 by the Hudson's Bay Company as Fort Yale 

In its heyday at the peak of the gold rush, it was reputed to be the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco. 

It also earned the honor of being "the wickedest little settlement in British Columbia" and "a veritable Sodom and Gomorrah" of vice and violence and lawlessness.

Historic Yale Church.

River Fraser at Fort Yale.

Lake of the Woods.

Arriving Vancouver final stop of this journey after a long 12 hours drive.

Soundtrack: The Arcade Fire, Rebellion