July 31, 2004

Cruising Vancouver Harbour

Last night we cruised Vancouver harbour courtesy of my Mom, who bought us tickets to a McGill University Vancouver Branch alumni event.

We sailed on the MPV Constitution, billed as the only authentic paddlewheeler in Vancouver.

It was a hot, clear summer evening, and we marvelled at being out in the harbour for the first time since we moved here five years ago. I don't know what it is, because I love being out on the water, yet having lived for a total of 20 years in two cities on the Pacific -- Tokyo and Vancouver -- we've done this sort of thing very rarely.

The cruise took us around Stanley Park, under the Lion's Gate Bridge, and out along the West Vancouver shoreline. We got as far as Lighthouse Park to a hazy sunset glowing orange from all the particles hanging in the air from northern forest fires.


Then it was across to Spanish Banks and east into English Bay, before we again rounded Stanley Park and back into the harbour. The lights of the city were fantastic.

The food was excellent, the weather was just right, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We'll have to do it again some day. Thanks Mom!

Posted by Paul at July 31, 2004 05:52 PM