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Exploring False Creek by AquaBus

Looking East from Cambie Street Bridge

One of your first impressions of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be that there is water everywhere. Burrard Inlet to the North, the Fraser River to the South, and False Creek in the middle.

Seawall with paths for bicycles and pedestrians follow the entire waterfront around False Creek.

Two companies operate cute tiny ferries to take people between eight locations around False Creek. Each stop has its own charm.

The larger AquaBuses can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers

We bought a day pass and shot photos and video of all eight stops served by AquaBus ferries. Here are the highlights.

Granville Island

Granville Island was an industrial area important during World War II. Today you can get fresh produce, seafood, unique arts and crafts and much more in the Granville Island Market.

Shops in Granville Island Market

Restaurants, Granville Island Brewery, theatres, art galleries, funky shops, and an art school for kids provide a lot to see.

Luis Martos is often playing at Granville Island

Stamps Landing

The next stop on our tour is Stamps Landing just West of the Cambie Street Bridge.

In June 1867, Edward Stamp build Vancouver’s first industrial operation, Stamp’s Sawmill.

Today the area features apartments with a fabulous view of the water and boats, Mahoney & Sons Irish Bar and Grill, The Wicklow Public House, and the charming Branas Mediterranean Grill. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Sailboats at Stamps Landing. This used to be our view!
Branas Mediterranean Grill

Orca Whales

Orca whales are a rare sight in False Creek. We caught 4 on camera just West of Stamps Landing.

We were blessed to catch a rare sighting of Orca Wales in False Creek

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San Diego and Southern California Video Montage

San Diego is a sparkling gem in Southern California. The video montage show many of the treasures in the the city and along the coast.

Balboa Park

We caught a performance on the glorious Speckels Organ, the world’s largest outdoor organ.

Balboa Park has many things to see and do.  We enjoyed the Botanical Building with its fabulous collection of California plants.

Coronado Beach

When we asked a park employee for dinner recommendations, she suggested a few restaurants on Coronado Island.

I had perhaps the best hamburger ever at the Tavern Bar & Grill.

RV parking in the San Diego area is expensive and Coronado Island is not build for RV parking.

However, we noticed parking along the beach with no obvious restrictions.

Awesome!

Since the beach faces South, we enjoyed a fabulous sunset and a fabulous sunrise.  I took my camera and tripod down to the beach and caught many great shots featured in the video.

Coronado California

Old Town San Diego State Park

Old Town is a fun and festive collection of historical buildings and restaurants and shops celebrating the Mexican heritage of San Diego.

The Wells Fargo building had a great display of the history of the the Wells Fargo Bank.  The company brought transportation, mail services, and banking services to the somewhat wild west. It is an amazing story of helping to build America.

The iconic Wells Fargo stagecoach on the display is a wonder of design and construction.

Mormon Battalion Historic Site

The Mormon Battalion Historic Site was a delightful surprise.  We knew very little about the Mormon role in building San Diego.  The excellent presentation that involved interaction between the audience, young women presenters, and multimedia displays took you along on the arduous and hazardous trek of the Mormon Battalion towards San Diego.

The people in San Diego were told a group crazed religious zealots were coming to fight them.

Instead there was music and dancing and the Mormons helped building San Diego.

After deserts, dangerous rocks, rivers, and rattlesnakes, there is a paradise of beaches and partying!

Oceanside Harbour

We paid for overnight parking at the splendid Oceanside Harbour.

See the beautiful waterfront images in the video.

Mission San Luis Rey de Franca

The Catholic Mission was established in 1798.

Laguna Beach

Next we stopped for breakfast at the Madison Square & Garden Cafe were I had the best breakfast pizza ever!

Crystal Cove State Park

Now this is what the California coast is all about!

Redondo Bay

We stopped to visit friends on their boat in Redondo Bay. That is California living at it finest!

More coming soon!

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By the way, all of the photos are available for licensing through me and eventually on stock photo agencies.

 

 

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