This is the first of two posts of our vacation to Vancouver, B.C., Canada – here’s David waving into the breeze during the ferry voyage enroute from Victoria to Vancouver, British Columbia.
We had never been to Vancouver before, and looked forward to the opportunity of discovering this beautiful and exciting city for the very first time!
The ferry trip from Victoria was about the same length as the one from Seattle to Victoria was, which made for another enjoyable and very scenic cruise.
We were having a most enjoyable vacation with Don and Margrit, and Vancouver would be a new and unknown destination for our family to discover and explore.
The scenery through Haro Strait was interesting and scenic as we passed alongside San Juan and Orcas Islands – in 1980 on my boat trip to Chatterbox Falls in B.C., we navigated Deception Pass and visited San Juan and Orcas Islands.
The scenery was interesting and pleasant while in the vicinity of the different island coastlines along the way, as there was plenty of ship traffic to see on our way to Vancouver.
I’ve always loved the reliable, efficient and professionally run ferry systems of the northwest, and because the waters are more protected than the open ocean, the voyages are pleasant and most enjoyable.
Once we were past Orcas Island, the ferry trip to Vancouver transitioned from the sheltered island waters, to then traverse the Salish Sea – a stretch of open water that isn’t as protected or sheltered as the island passages were.
Here I am on the balcony of our hotel room at, “The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver” – arriving in Vancouver and checking into our hotel was a thrill for us, as we don’t often have the opportunity to stay in such a large, metropolitan city – and I was certainly enjoying it!
This is the left portion of a three photo panoramic view of Vancouver’s downtown waterfront district from our hotel room’s balcony, where we stayed at the, “The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver” – check it out on Google Map: 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
This shows you Vancouver’s 1996 skyline at the time of our visit, seemingly immersed in the intense construction activity that was then underway in this major seaport of the northwest – and gateway to Asia.
It would be wonderful to visit Vancouver again in 2011 – exactly 15 years later – to experience once again this beautiful and majestic Canadian city!