Awestruck in English Bay


English Bay, with its mountain views and cloudy skies, brings Vancouver visitors and residents plenty of joy all year round. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

What’s more distracting on English Bay, the water activity or the sky and mountains overhead? It is one of the questions visitors to  Vancouver no doubt ponder when they visit Canada’s beautiful west coast metropolis. Vancouver is home to freighter ships that unload cargo as well as cruise ships that take passengers up to Alaska and down to the Pacific regions of the United States. There are also the Aquabus water taxis that ferry people across False Creek and English Bay, taking them from neighbourhoods like Yaletown to Granville Island and Kitsilano. You can spot one of the Aquabus stops in the photo above. It’s the gazebo-like structure in the foreground.

Even though wintery weather has arrived in Vancouver, a walk along the seawall to take in English Bay, its beaches and the Cascade mountains is a splendid treat no matter what time of year.


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A photographer who has worked in the largest media markets in Canada and the U.S., Julia’s travel photos and videos have been featured prominently in the Toronto Star and been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Her new line of photo jewelry was inspired by her travels. Even though she is an American, one of her favourite travel experiences was spending Canada Day 2000 on Parliament Hill, joining in a parade with then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien and others. Julia is Vacay.ca’s Visuals Editor. See her work at www.juliapelish.com/blog.

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