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March 4, 2018

Vancouver

by swebackpacker

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I stayed for three nights in Vancouver area in Canada Best Value Inn in Langley! The hotel was very good but it was a long driving time with car into Vancouver downtown area! Most hotels in central Vancouver was booked up several weeks before my visit in Vancouver due to Canada day celebration and other important holidays in Canada the same week.

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In Vancouver the Gastown area is very beautiful part of the city with their old houses, lots of trees, cafes and green avenues. Particularly interesting is the old Steam Clock!

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The Steam Clock looks old but it´s not as old as one thinks it was created 1977 by Raymond Saunders and Dough Smith. There are steam pipes underground to supply heat to the downtown core of Vancouver. These steam pipes provides steam to the Steam Clock as well.The Steam Clock

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Every quarter hour the Steam Clock is whistling and shooting steam from its five whistles. The steam blows every even hour are impressive as can be seen in the first picture of the Steam Clock. If the clock struck five there will be five steam blows in the whistles.

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Here is Gassy Jack standing Statue he is considered the founding father of Vancouver. The name comes from Jack Deighton the first saloon owner in Gastown. The locals called him Gassy Jack because he was very fond of talking for maybe several hours. The place was originally called Granville, in 6th of April 1886 Vancouver was created and had 600 inhabitants.https://angelvancouver.com/2013/02/22/a-short-history-of-gastown-the-birth-of-vancouver-canada/

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The Lamplighter public house is considered Vancouver busiest pub.Lamplighter Public House

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There are we? Abbott Street! A typical scene from the wonderful green avenues of Gastown!

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To the left side of the Gassy Jack statue was a big shop selling boots!

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Stanley Park is a 400-hectare rainforest park area near the sea in Vancouver! There are 27 km forests trail with lots of animals and birds. I decided to follow the 8.8 km so called Sea Wall in the afternoon.http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park.aspx

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There are two possibilities for swimming in Stanley Park either one goes to the heated swimming pool area near the parking lots or one follows the Sea Wall path to the beach area for maybe an ice cold dip in the Pacific Ocean!

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Many people were cycling the 8.8 km Sea Wall in the afternoon. The photo is from the northwestern part of Stanley Park, in late afternoon light.

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I myself prefer walking the Sea Wall as this couple is doing here.

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I definitely prefer activity before sleeping away the day in a hammock even if it looks very nice to do so.

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