Enjoy the Wonders in
The west coast of
Canada beckons. Vancouver and the area around it offer unbounded
activities that involve artistic masterpieces and out of doors wonders.
There is so much to describe in this incredible mecca, it is difficult
to know where to begin.
Let’s start by a
peek from my office window.
A laughing welcome
Coal Harbor Yacht Club
are many outdoor sports for all seasons, such as hiking, skiing
canoeing, fishing, river rafting and snowshoeing in the scenic Rocky
Mountains or cycling in the center of Vancouver around Stanley Park,
Coal Harbor and the Lost Lagoon, part of scenic Stanley Park
reaching for the sky, adorn not only the park areas, but even in
shopping malls. The carvings are a traditional native expression, both
intricate and simple, of northwest coastal natives such as Tsimshian,
Haida,Tlingit, Kwakiutl and Nuxalt. The totems are symbolic culture
icons. Once outlawed by the Canadian Government but today there is a
revival on college campuses, museums and public buildings.
Entry from the Pacific at Coal Harbor…at Stanley Park…
Totems in the parks
a stone figure in “the likeness of a human’. It is a form of
communication survival saying ‘someone was here’ or ‘you’re in the right
place’ and could indicate direction or even a personal memorial showing
friendship. There is no distinctive shape required. One uses the stones
found around the site. An inukshuk was used as the emblem of the 2010
Winter Olympic Games.
BC is a
heavily wooded mountain province and one of the first rules is to
‘beware of the bears’…brown or polar.
rain here too and on those days, one can go to the Vancouver Art
gallery, an opera, ballet, stage show or when the rain lifts, one can
visit the exciting Chinese Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden (578 Carroll
Street. Phone: 604 662 3207).
also the beautifully designed Van Dusen Botanical Garden considered one
of the top ten gardens in North America. Their pre Christmas show is not
to be missed. (Tel 604 257 8335 at 5251 Oak St. near W.37th)
days you can take the Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours hich lasts an hour
and starts around 9:30 AM, departing every 20-30 minutes.
want more action, save time to visit the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley
Park. It is open every day (except Christmas Day) 9:30 am to 5 pm 9…7:30
in July and Aug.
confirm call 604 659 FISH.
get the greatest sense of where you are and the beauty of this Pacific
coast city arrange for a seaplane tour. Call 604 233 3505 or 1 800 665
0212 for cost and information. They have local trips and long distance
journeys to most parts of the province.
THINGS TO DO:
Suspension Bridge Te; 604 985 7474l
watching on the Prince of Wales 1 888 383 4884 or Call 604 272 7200 www.seabreezeadventures.ca
Island by car or boat
dating from 1867
Take a gondola
ride atop Grouse Mountain
Take a WOK to
Vancouver Canuks at Rogers Arena or the BC Lions or even the singel – A
baseball Vancouver Canadians
information see Vancouver Tourism 200 Burard St. suite 210
Tel: 604 682
2222 or see tourismvancouver.com
science center***Wale Watching***
market …Punjabi Market…Maine & 48th (Little India)
78…sea to sky vistas)
B C place
stadium BC Lions…Canucks
beach jan 1…seawall
Park…Lost Lagoon…horse drawn tours
…Jericho beach …Vanier park …Bard on the Beach
Planetarium..observatory free…aboriginal…Chinese Garden
1942 one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century p 367
Jasper natl park
10,878 sq km 1907
emergency dial 911
You can Contact Professor Arnie Greenberg at:
Over the past few years, Professor
Greenberg has traveled with groups to France, Italy, Spain, Greece,
Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and both Sorrento and the Bay of
Naples plus most of Sicily. His tours traveled to the far reaches of the
globe including Italy and most of
China (Beijing -Hong Kong) and to Russia where his group cruised the waters
from St.Petersburg to Moscow.
"He took a group to Greece and another to northern
Russia. In Nov 07 he took a tour group to much of India and ended his tour
groups by revisiting France. He now travels with his wife and friends. They
winter in Argentina or San Miguel Mexico. His newly found spare time
is taken up with his painting and writing. "I must write every day." His
current work is a cautionary manual for would-be tour leaders.. "So
You Want To Be A Tour Leader."
Arnie now travels with friends. He continues writing
Travel articles about unusual places but often concentrates on novel
writing. Two books based on French Art will be published this year.
Keep reading his web for travel ideas. His next
novel HELLSTORM'S Folly,
will be available this fall. He now
lives in British Columbia.
www.top-travel-ideas.com or contact him directly at
(More about the writer.)