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Day 37 - Valentine's Day at Stanley Park

semi-overcast 11 °C

We thought a good way to spend Valentine's Day would be to explore Stanley Park.

Stanley Park sign

Stanley Park sign

We were immediately surprised by the amount of snow in the park and caught a pair of geese going for a stroll.

Geese stroll through the snow

Geese stroll through the snow

The geese also take control of the roadways.

Traffic stoppers

Traffic stoppers

We caught the beautiful reflections of the sea wall walk and the Vancouver skyline in Vancouver harbour.

Sea wall walk with Vancouver in the background

Sea wall walk with Vancouver in the background

We parked our car by the totem poles and began walking on the sea wall. This seaplane caught our attention as it took off near Canada Place.

Seaplane takes off

Seaplane takes off

Canada Place

Canada Place

A duck we did not recognize swam by. After much researching on "Google", we found out that this is a Bufflehead Duck.

Bufflehead duck

Bufflehead duck

We continued our walk and came to the Brockton Point Lighthouse.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

The lighthouse had a seagull guard.

Lighthouse guard

Lighthouse guard

We continued our sea wall walk and got a great view of the "Lion's Gate Bridge". We wish they would paint it a brighter colour as the green colour it has makes it blend into the background.

Lion's Gate Bridge

Lion's Gate Bridge

We were amazed at how clear the water in the harbour is.

Clear water

Clear water

We found ourselves back at the totem poles so took a picture before continuing our walk on the sea wall.
Totem poles in Stanley Park

Totem poles in Stanley Park

We found two interesting stops. The first is a statue of a woman sitting on a rock. This statue is called "Girl in a Wetsuit". This art work was gifted to the Vancouver Park Board in 1972 by the sculptor, Elek Imredy. The woman represents Vancouver's dependence on the sea.

Girl in Wetsuit

Girl in Wetsuit

The next interesting stop was a replica of the figurehead from the S.S. Empress of Japan which plied Vancouver's waters from 1891 to 1922. This ship carried Vancouver's commerce to the orient. The original carving was restored by the Vancouver Province in 1928. This replica was cast from the restored carving in 1960.

Replica of figurehead on S S Empress of Japan

Replica of figurehead on S S Empress of Japan

We then walked toward the Vancouver Aquarium and spotted a dumpster diver squirrel.

Black Squirrel garbage picker

Black Squirrel garbage picker

One window of the aquarium was an artistic display. There were many, many versions of jelly fish.

Ocean inspired jelly fish

Ocean inspired jelly fish

This interpretation of an Orca or Killer Whale is out in front of the aquarium.

Orca or Killer whale

Orca or Killer whale

After exploring the aquarium gift shop we walked back through the woods to our car parked near the totem poles and drove back to our hotel. Along the way we found a "Welcome to Vancouver" sign.

Welcome to Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver

This was a very pleasant way to spend Valentine's Day.

Posted by A-RPoulton 20:18 Archived in USA

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