Vancouver B.C.

 

Vancouver B.C.  I grew up in Vancouver and on our recent visit there we visited with my family and stayed down town at the Westin Bayshore on Coal Harbor, adjacent to Stanley Park. They were a couple of days for proper vacation and they proved to be so. An incredible location with a walking/bike path at it’s door giving access to Stanley Park and the other way to Canada Place and the Sea Bus terminal with water shuttles that cross Burrard Inlet to the North Shore. Stanley Park is immediately adjacent to the hotel and is a beautiful 1000 acre park with a sea wall that surrounds it. I grew up in Vancouver and during the eighties I would train for wheelchair road races by doing laps of the park. The park also gives access to Lions Gate Bridge and the North Shore. This was a wonderful place to stay.

I can remember when the Bayshore was built and it remains a place to stay in downtown Vancouver. We parked the van and walked every where we wanted to go locally, the weather proved sunny and warm and fortunately our trip was just ahead of the Covid-19 virus scare. We had dinner at the Cactus Club, a short walking distance from the Bayshore, and it has huge incredible views of the harbor with floor to ceiling windows and variety of enjoyable food. As shown in the video we spent time in Stanley Park and drove over the Lions Gate Bridege to West Vancouver which gave great views of the Burrard Inlet and back towards Vancouver. Lions Gate Bridge, although not as large, gives thoughts of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Sherrie went boutique shopping on Robson Street, we also went to Kitsilano Beach. Prospect Point is in Stanley Park and gives a view back down on to Lions Gate Bridge, I am hoping that the packed gravel will become black top to give better accessibility. I will do a further video with an explanation of transferring into a van from a wheelchair shortly, giving more detail. Every time we visit Vancouver Granville Island is included, it is a wonderful farmers market with eclectic shops and a great place to walk around, shop for keep-sakes, get coffee with a snack and watch the world go by for a while. We were early to Stanley Park and the walking/bike path was quiet but it does encircle the whole park, approximately 6 miles. English Bay is adjacent to the park with the high density living of the West End abutting it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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