I will start this blog post with an explanation. As you read to the end you will see that we had a 7½ hour delay on our flight home and were extremely jet lagged on our return. Three days after getting home, Richard tested positive for Covid. He then gave it to me, my daughter and his son! Fortunately Richard hardly knew he had it but Victoria and I were quite poorly and I tested positive for 12 days, it left me with extreme tiredness. We have been home for four weeks now and I'm gradually catching up with things, but I'm afraid the blog hasn't been my top priority 😔 I have finally finished it and suggest that you sit down with a cup of tea and read it, as it is very long!
Sunday 19th June - Vancouver
This is the SeaBus, a passenger ferry that crosses the Burrard Inlet, connecting Downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver and the terminal in North Vancouver. Each ferry can seat up to 195 passengers at a time and departs every 15 minutes during the day. It takes a short 12 minutes to cross the Inlet.
After the harbour cruise we took a very leisurely walk along the harbour front as we had ages before our sea plane adventure.
It was soon time to check in for the highlight of our visit to Vancouver. When we booked the seaplane, we paid extra for a window seat, which was just as well as the plane was full. I guess the plane is a 12 seater (I didn’t spend time counting the people!). We had a quick safety briefing and set off. It felt weird as we crossed the harbour as it sounded like a plane, but it was like we were on a boat. However, we were soon hurtling across the harbour before we started to lift off. The views were amazing as we were so low (the pilot told us later that we were never more than 3,000 feet above the water or as low as 200 feet above it!). I just kept on taking photo after photo hoping that some of them might be good! (It took ages to edit them all!!) It was an amazing experience, and I was so glad that Grouse Mountain was in fog as I reckon our trip over the islands was miles better! Before heading back to the harbour the pilot took us over the city, what a wonderful way to see a lovely city. However, our 20 minutes (actually it was 25) were soon up and we came in to land. I had wondered if landing on water might be softer than a runway – no not really! I didn’t want to get off as I wanted to do it all again! These are some of the photos I took from the plane, please excuse the mistiness of some of them as the window wasn’t very clean.
Just a bit on Harbour Air, who we flew with. Harbour Air was founded in British Columbia in 1982. With two small de Havilland Beaver seaplanes and a plan to service the forest industry, Harbour Air began by offering private charters to log buyers visiting the coast. With growing success and an increasing demand on both commuting and touring service, the company quickly expanded over the years adding daily, frequently-scheduled flights between Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler
Raymond Saunders' first steam clock was built in 1977 in
Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood. It was built to cover a steam grate, part of
Vancouver's distributed steam heating system. Although the clock is now owned
by the City of Vancouver, funding for the project, estimated to be about
$58,000 CAD, was provided by contributions from local merchants, property
owners, and private donors. Incorporating a steam engine and electric motors,
the clock displays the time on four faces and announces the quarter hours with
a whistle chime that plays the Westminster Quarters. The clock produces a puff
of steam from its top on the hour.
As dogs can fly on internal flights in Canada, they have their own restroom!
Tuesday 21st June – Heathrow and home