August 22-27, 2018

Vancouver Sights

We took two routes of a hop-on/hop-off bus hoping to see as much of the city as possible. What we actually saw was water dripping down the plastic windows of the bus. We took no pictures that day, but on another visit into the city, we took time to explore one of the sites pointed out on our ride: The Gastown Steam Clock. This clock looks as if it were part of the historic Gastown area, but it was in fact built in 1977 for $58,000. It didn’t keep accurate time so it is now powered by an electric motor although steam is used to wind its mechanisms.

The steam clock steaming
Steam clock tones
Steam clock works

Whistler

We took a commercial day trip to Whistler, a venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. It was nice to let someone else to the driving!

We left Vancouver via the Lions Gate Bridge which was built in 1938 by the family that owned Guiness brewing.
We stretched our legs at Porteau Cove Provincial Marine Park.
At a rest stop, we discovered this bench made from a tree trunk.
The Olympic rings in Whistler Village.
Ski run through an Olympic ring
Ski runs above Whistler Village
Covered pedestrian bridge in Whistler Village.
Guess what Dave is doing. Hint: He’s pointing to a geocache that’s obscured by the shadow.
Jane thought this chair was less uncomfortable than it looked.

We visited the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre which showcases the lives of the Squamish and Lil’wat nations.

Entrance to the Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Canoe and carving
Canoes are blessed before their first trips in order to breathe the life back into the cedar. A canoe out of the water is considered to be sleeping.
Canoe seat
Replica of a grizzly bear mask
Grizzly bear fur
Hat from cedar bark, under construction
A culturally-modified tree: Strips of cedar bark were used to make baskets and clothing. Limited amounts of bark were taken to prevent serious damage to individual trees.
Photograph showing Squamish clothing
The late afternoon sun lit mountains and water as we traveled back to Vancouver.
We stopped at Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Jane in front of Shannon Falls
These trees seemed to reach forever into the sky.
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