Stanley Park, Vancouver
A short visit to Vancouver and I was blessed to be greeted with a beautiful blue day. I’m quite a passionate walker and need no encouragement to put on my boots and head out for a wander. Today I’m heading for Stanley Park located in the West End neighbourhood, just minutes from downtown Vancouver. Stanley Park is a very popular place for cyclists, walkers, runners, etc. So close to the city centre it’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle for a while. Lots of people choose to cycle the 8.8km seawall, but I’m taking a more leisurely option today.
I walked past the marina on the way to the park, lots of stunning boats moored up and with the water almost like a mill pond it was a good opportunity to get the camera out. A bit further along you come to the heritage building belonging to the Vancouver Rowing Club (VRC), officially opened in September 1911.
The tide was out as I started on my walk and suddenly I spotted a heron on the rocks. It soon got spooked by various noises and took flight; but that is not where it ends. The heron decided to land, high up in a nearby pine tree. I was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time!
As you can imagine, the autumnal colours were something else. All shades of red, burnt orange through to yellow. If you know this area then you’ll have seen the seaplane’s taking off and landing, it’s quite a sight. With tours to the capital city Victoria, Whistler, Nanaimo etc. or for a 45 minute sightseeing trip that circles the skyline and the surrounding mountainous coastal islands the choice is yours. There’s a very healthy shipping channel too so all in all it makes for a challenging time for both the pilot’s of the Ships and the Planes!
On this visit I saw my first black squirrel, sadly I was too slow with the camera and the only shot I’ve got of it is for my eyes only. I’ll just have to go back and try and find it again. This wouldn’t be Canada without loads of Canadian geese. So I’ll bid you farewell for now with a photo of one of those gorgeous birds.