freighter at anchor - English Bay
On Sunday morning we were up around 5:30am - checkout at the hotel was 11:00am so we had a leisurely 5 hours to pack, window-shop and have breakfast before leaving the hotel. We decided to do a bit of a photo tour up and down Denman Street while looking for a restaurant to have breakfast. Denman's many small shop didn't disappoint us. They are full of colourful, unusual products not commonly found in other parts of Vancouver. Where else would you find a store selling PEZ dispensers with modern cartoon characters or fridge magnets with the covers of trashy 1950's sex novels - are there serious people who collect these items?? But it was colourful and interesting so we took photos anyway.
We had breakfast at a small resaurant near the hotel whose name I have inconveniently forgotten, then went down to Second Beach.
contrary to rumors circulating
On the beach, clean-up from last night's crowd was almost complete. The sand had been groomed and the beach was ready for another day of tanning. Freighters were tugging at their anchors out on English Bay. The locals were jogging along the path above the sand and the west end lifestyle was securely restored after last night's temporary invasion.
We decided to drive out to Point Grey to have a look at UBC's Botanical Garden but they had signs all over the lot saying it was a prime car theft area so we abandonned that project and carried on to New Westminster
to see if we could walk along the banks of the Fraser River. That thought took us to Dyke Road on Lulu Island. There is very limited access to the river there but we did get an occasional glance at the water.