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Gord's Favourite Vancouver Viewpoints (9 through 16)

Vancouver is a very picturesque town. Here is the next installment (sites 9 through 16) of great vistas of the city and surroundings.


9. Horseshoe Bay is located in West Vancouver, about a half hour northwest of downtown Vancouver. It is mostly famous as a ferry port, but it also has some nice shops and restaurants and a wonderful seawalk.


10. Boundary Bay is about 45 minutes south of Vancouver downtown, near the Canada/ US border and close to my home. The bay is sandy and very shallow, so warms up nicely in the summer. The are large sand flats a low tide and quite a few natural areas. Once can walk the dykes for about 20km without interruption.


11. False Creek is a shallow inlet that was once very industrial and is now almost all residential. Science World was built for Expo ’86 and serves as a major museum in Vancouver.


12. Shaughnessy is one of Vancouver’s older neighbourhoods, built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and features wonderful houses and estates with uniquely Vancouver architecture.


13. Porteau Cove is a few kilometers north of Horseshoe Bay on the way to Squamish and Whistler. There is a large picnic area and a beautiful modern wharf. You’ll see lots of divers here as you look over Howe Sounds.


14. Delta is the name of the municipality based mostly on the Fraser River delta, land reclaimed from the sea with dykes about 100 years ago. The flatness combined with the farmers fields means there are wonderful vistas of the North Shore Mountains, the San Juan and Southern Gulf Islands, and even Mount Baker, about 80 to 100km away.


15. There is a bridge over the highway leading to the Lions Gate Bridge at its south end that provides a wonderful view of the bridge. Prospect Point, also in Stanley Park, is located a few minutes walk to the west.


16. The Pattullo Bridge over the Fraser has some wonderful forms. There is a nice park along the south shore of the river that provides vistas of several major Vancouver bridges.


Please see my two other photo lookout montages of the Vancouver region’s view points. The individual photos are available in my photostream. The photos were taken over the past couple years, mostly with my Nikon D80. Drop me a line if you’d like specific directions to get to any of these points.


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Taken on January 3, 2011