Monday, July 11, 2011

Our GCTT Pt 9 - Vancouver

 The beautiful Vancouver harbour...

 In Stanley Park...
so green... such awesome trees...
over 1,000 acres and so close to the downtown.

In 1886, Vancouver's first City Council made a momentous decision by petitioning the Federal Government to lease 1,000 acres of a largely logged peninsula for park and recreation purposes. On September 27, 1888 Stanley Park was officially opened establishing the fledgling city's first official "greenspace". Council decided to set up an autonomous and separately elected committee to govern all park and recreation matters in Vancouver. And so the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation was born, the only elected body of its kind in Canada. The system now includes more than 200 parks (over 1300 hectares) but its heart remains in the cool, lush, evergreen oasis of Stanley Park, named for Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada in 1888 when the park was officially opened.

 Oh a game of cricket!
So very British...

 I am in love with the fantastic totem poles of the west coast! 
They're so meaningful and beautiful.

 The charming "Steam Clock"
 in Vancouver's artsy 'Gastown' neighbourhood.
Wish we had more time to explore the area- perhaps next time!

 Fresh cherries...

 and tomatoes in the Granville Island Market...

And yours truly... enjoying one of my favourite snacks--
 a piping hot sausage roll with mustard!
 Soooo delicious!

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