Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Vancouver Lookout

My first tourist destination was the Vancouver Lookout.  At 130 metres about the ground, it offers a 360 degree view of the city.  The afternoon had been promising, with bright sunshine, but by the time I arrived, the clouds had rolled in.  I decided to venture up regardless, as I had heard that the rest of the week was forecast to be rainy (it wasn't!)

This photo above shows the BC Place Stadium, which has an inflatable roof.

A modern take on the flat-iron building and the smaller building in the foreground is the Dominion Building, which was constructed in 1910.  At the time, it was the tallest building in the British Empire.  It was built of terra cotta from Burmantofts (Leeds) and polished red granite columns from Glasgow. How strange that I travelled all that distance and discovered a building with a link to Leeds, where I used to work!

Vancouver is also a container port and many containers can be seen after being loaded onto the railway ready for transporting all across Canada. 

The building with the white roof is Canada Place.  The roof was designed to represent five sails.  It looks out on a stretch of water called the Burrard Inlet.

Also on the Burrard Inlet is Deadman's Island; so named because it was a burial ground for the Squamish First Nation, who placed the bones of the dead in red cedar boxes and lashed them to the treetops.

What a great introduction to the city!  I was able to really appreciate my surroundings and see far more than I could have hoped if I had kept both feet firmly on the ground!