Sunday, March 21, 2010

Vancouver Day 2

Woke up early this morning to another sunny day in Vancouver! One of the two that I am staying with had to go to work, so it was just Jack and I for the day! We head out at 10am to try to get a ride on the free zipline across Robson Square.

When we arrived, the lineup went all the way back to a sign that said "8 hours estimate from here"... that was out of the question, so we moved on.

First stop was the Northern Canada House, located at Hastings and Seymour. It had birch bark canoes, a little history of the North, and some Inuit dolls and carvings.

Second destination was through Gastown. I got to see the steam clock blow on the half-hour! As the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver, it was great to see the neat buildings and cool atmosphere.

Third stop on our walking tour was through Main and Hastings (Downtown East Side).
"Main and Hastings Streets continues to be a problem as drug sellers and users frequently occupy the corner, establishing a plein air drug market. The area is noted for a high incidence of poverty, drug use, sex trade, crime, as well as a history of community activism." (from Wikikipedia :)
It was certainly interesting to walk through, as the problems are right out in the open. A little scary too.

Fourth on our stop was the Public Library at Georgia and Homer. We went to try to see the Royal Canadian Mint exhibit (that lets you see the olympic medals that were given out!) but the line was too long. Moved on.

Finally walked down Robson to Davie, and then Davie to Beach... like along a real beach!! so nice.. here is a picture of us on the waterfront. 

From there we headed back to the apartment to put up our feet from a long day of walking!

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