Getting off the rock.....

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Everybody line up please....
    I started out on the 1000am Pacific Coach Lines bus in downtown Victoria and headed over to Vancouver ending Sunday afternoon on the 300pm ferry back to Victoria.

So away I went, I was going to be a tourist in Vancouver.  I had not been over there to just be a tourist in many years.  I usually just go over,visit my friends in Langley or Surrey and then come home.  But I wanted to be a tourist...boy what great fun I had.

So again got on the 10:00am bus, which boarded the 11:00am Ferry to get off this rock, and landed in Pacific Central Station at 1:30pm and started my history lesson.
All aboard...
  I had a great tour guide who works for Pacific Coach lines and started out on an adventure.

I first learned about some history of the buildings in the downtown core.  So I started out with the Pacific Central Station which was built in 1917, it is home to Greyhound Canada which heads to all points outside of Vancouver...north, south, and east...and west to Vancouver Island landing in Nanaimo.  It is also home to VIA rail, busy station.  Across the way is the world's largest outside turf field, and I am told they turn the sprinkler system on before a game so it is wet...stops slipping and sliding (hey I am just the touist here).
My bus...
 
Then there is the Marine Building.  It opened on October 7th 1930.  It is renowned for it's Art Deco details.  It boasted 22 floors and was the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939.  It cost 2.3 million to build.....and due to the great depression it was sold to the Guinness family of Ireland for only $900,000.  The family still owns the building and the whole block...the property assessment in 2004 was $22 million.  Good investment...:)

Then over to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park....(story and entry to follow), then to Chinatown.

Over to the Sam Kee building which was constructed in 1913 as part of a bet.  The city of Vancouver had widened Pender Street and taken most of the land belonging to the Sam Kee Company, demolishing it's warehouse and leaving only a tiny plot of land.
Bye Victoria...
  Rivals bet the owners of the Sam Kee Company $7,000.00 that a new building coulnd not be built on the site.  The building, now owned be The Jack Chow Insurance Company, is only 6 feet wide, is not supported by the building behind it, and is listed in "Ripleys Believe it or not", as the worlds narrowest commercial building.  Sam Kee was not a real person, simply a name of an import-export company started by a buisnessman named Chang Toy.

Then we parked in the city's prettiest parking lot, visited an old building (which I don't have history on yet), then onwards to VanDeusen Gardens, up to the Capliano Suspension Bridge, over to the tree tops, then on to Grouse Mountain, played in the snow, saw the bears, had an awesome dinner, watched a sunset and called it a night.
Are we there yet????


The next day over to New Westminister..seen the worlds tallest tin soldier...walked..sat...chatted then came home...it was perfect...I loved Vancouver and plan on going and playing tourist once again.

Vancouver, whistler, the interior has so much to offer...24 hours is only breaking the surface of Vancouver...it's much more than I saw...but then I will go again...and again...when I have another 24 hours to spend....

Okay I can't go without a brief history...(grin).

16,000 to 11,000BC (way back when).......Segments of the Coast Salish people-the ancestors of the Squamish, Burrard, Coquitlam Indian bands arrive from Asia.  They seemed very happy with the beaches teeming with the seafood-they named English Bay---Ayyulshun which means "soft under feet".
Nope not yet....
  They loved the forests teeming with wildlife not to mention that nearby is the mouth of a huge river emptying into a vast ocean where big, fat, silvery salmon swam by six months out of every year.  (hey I never knew).....who would have thunk!!!!

1592-1774AD The Spaniards cruised by as part of their exploration, and then claimed the west coast of North America by virtue of Treaty of Tordesillas.  Their presence is still felt today, the city of Vancouver has a number of streets named after the Spaniards....such as Cordova, Valdez, and Narvaez...(gosh I still never knew).

1792 Captian George Vancouver arrived.  Spent one day, discovered the spanish already had claimed the place...and left town.  Captain Vancouver met with Valdez and Galiano..and Spanish Banks is named for that meeting place.
Are we there yet???
  Note however, the Bay is bigger than the banks and there are way more streets in Vancouver named after the British.  There is also a Vancouver Street...but it's ummmmmmm, in New Westminister :):):) Go figure that one.

1808 Simon Fraser (there is simon fraser university), arrived in Vancouver from eastern canada by a river he thought was the Columbia.  Even though he was wrong about his travel plan...the river was still named after him...(gesh to be famous...you need to take a wrong turn, kind of like bug's bunny).

1858 News that there was gold in them there hills...on the banks of the Fraser...raised only slight interest..only 25,000 prospectors dropped in to have a look around:):) I think I need to go to them there hills...and have a look:)

1860 Three English decided to build a brickyard.  The business flopped and amid all the I told you so's from the local population.
If we don't get there soon, I am stealing the raft and making a run for it:):)
..the three were dubbed the "Three Greenhorns".  The area is now known as the West End, and is one of the most populated places in North America..and of course no shortage of brickwork in the surrounding buildings.

1867 A talkive chap nicknamed "Gassy Jack" opened a saloon for forestry workers on the shore of Burrard Inlet.  It became so popular a community built up around the place and called itself Gastown.

1887 the CPR's first train arrived.

1888 The last body is buried in Pioneer Cemetery, the graveyard of many of Vancouver's earliest citizens.  The cemetery stretched from Brockton Popint to the Nine o'clock Gun.    Many people still set their time to that 9:00 o'clock gun.

1890 The first lighthouse is built at Brockton Point and electric streetcars began operating.

1900 Vancouver surpasses the provincial capital of Victoria in size.
Just riding on the ferry....waiting...waiting...
  Did they immediately move the capital to Vancouver???? Nooooooo.....

1909 The Dominion Trust Building, the city's first skyscraper opened at Hastings and Cambie.

1911 Canada's first artifical ice rink, the Arena, is opened.  At the time is was the largest indoor rink in the world.  The Vancouver Millionaires, the city's first hockey team, was built out of players swiped from the National Hockey League...go hockey...go...

1914-1915 The Millionaires become Stanly cup Champions...hahahahah

1920 Vancouver grows bigger than Winnpieg...(I never knew).

1936 The new City Hall at 12th avenue is dedicated.

1939 the landmark Hotel Vancouver is completed.

1957 Elvis Presley sings 6 songs and leaves the stage after 15 minutes.  The audience paid $2.00 per ticket and were all angry by being short-changed.
..(hmmmm....)

1964 For the first time the BC Lions won the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup...

1979 The Vancouver Whitecaps won the North American Soccer League championship.

1983 BC Place Stadium inflates and becomes the world's largest air-supported dome.  It has 60,000 seats.

1986 Vancouver's centennial is marked by a six-month fair Expo 86 on the north shore of False Creek.  It was the largest special category World Exposition ever staged in North America----the category was Transportation.

1990 This began with a roar as the first "Indy" race that took place on the downtown Vancouver track.  It was held every summer up until 2004.

1999 Vancouver creates the 2010 Olympic Bid team to organize the proposal to host the 2010 winter olympics.  By July 2004, Vancouver is selected...(I think I need to leave the Counrty then).

2008 I visit Vancouver through different eyes.........

Enjoy a walk in 24 hours.......
hummingbird50 says:
Your welcome Enrico and Elke...glad you enjoyed the visit. You need to go take a peek at the rest....:):) Have a great day!
Posted on: Jun 09, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
Thanks for the lesson on your fair land; I can't wait to learn more when I come to visit. :)
Posted on: Jun 08, 2008
eglp says:
Excellent :)
Posted on: Jun 08, 2008
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Everybody line up please....
Everybody line up please....
All aboard...
All aboard...
My bus...
My bus...
Bye Victoria...
Bye Victoria...
Are we there yet????
Are we there yet????
Nope not yet....
Nope not yet....
Are we there yet???
Are we there yet???
If we dont get there soon, I am s…
If we don't get there soon, I am …
Just riding on the ferry....waitin…
Just riding on the ferry....waiti…
Almost there...yipee!!!
Almost there...yipee!!!
Mount Baker
Mount Baker
endless water...
endless water...
gesh...I want to land already..
gesh...I want to land already..
Well....
Well....
Vancouver Station...I have arrived…
Vancouver Station...I have arrive…
Immmm here.....
Immmm here.....
A park across from the bus station.
A park across from the bus station.
Happy tulips...
Happy tulips...
Biggest turf..
Biggest turf..
the prettiest parking lot....
the prettiest parking lot....
The parking lots again...
The parking lots again...
Opps more parking lot...I love thi…
Opps more parking lot...I love th…
Chinatown
Chinatown
China Town dragons..
China Town dragons..
First bilingual street signs in En…
First bilingual street signs in E…
Vancouver....
Vancouver....
The Sam Kee Building...worlds nar…
The Sam Kee Building...world's na…
The brick building..old..have to l…
The brick building..old..have to …
The trolley
The trolley
The Marine Building.
The Marine Building.
Marine Building...
Marine Building...
What the heck???? A world turned u…
What the heck???? A world turned …
Upside down church...hey it won so…
Upside down church...hey it won s…
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