14.02.2017 - 14.02.2017 11 °C
We thought a good way to spend Valentine's Day would be to explore Stanley Park.
We were immediately surprised by the amount of snow in the park and caught a pair of geese going for a stroll.
The geese also take control of the roadways.
We caught the beautiful reflections of the sea wall walk and the Vancouver skyline in Vancouver harbour.
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.
A duck we did not recognize swam by. After much researching on "Google", we found out that this is a Bufflehead Duck.
We continued our walk and came to the Brockton Point Lighthouse.
The lighthouse had a seagull 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.
We were amazed at how clear the water in the harbour is.
We found ourselves back at the totem poles so took a picture before continuing our walk on the sea wall.
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.
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.
We then walked toward the Vancouver Aquarium and spotted a dumpster diver squirrel.
One window of the aquarium was an artistic display. There were many, many versions of jelly fish.
This interpretation of an Orca or Killer Whale is out in front of the aquarium.
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.
This was a very pleasant way to spend Valentine's Day.