Barb and I tried out the semi-new cycling path along the North Shore recently; called the Spirit Trail, it runs from the Auto Mall at the foot of Pemberton out to West Vancouver to connect with the seaside bike and walking route. After coming across the harbour via seabus, we rode past the Mosquito Creek marina, through the Burrard First Nations Reserve, and down onto the Spirit Trail path.
Rolling along the waterfront we saw the paddle wheeler cruising the harbour and enjoyed seeing the variety of four legged beasts out and about on the sunny day.
About halfway along the path a new bridge has been erected over the train tracks. Once up and over the bridge, we cruised through Norgate and the reserve lands next to Lion’s Gate Bridge, admiring the stenciled salmon image adorning a wooden fence.
Traveling under the bridge, our route took us past Park Royal Shopping Centre and through Ambleside Park.
We stopped briefly at the Ferry Building Art Gallery to admire a show of first nations art that had just been installed.
The trail took us as far as the West Van seawall; there we turned around rather than continue on to Dundarave along the road. Bikes are not allowed on the seawall here, as passersby never hesitate to tell us when we are standing nearby with our bikes.
We have had an amazing spring for flowers, especially tulips.
Friday night skates are back on the menu; Winson very kindly purchased a portable speaker for us to use – it’s more fun to skate with tunes.
Our route takes us from Science World, through Chinatown and Strathcona, with its beautiful old buildings, to the ice cream palace on Venables, the Casa de Gelato with its 250 flavours.
From there, we head down to the docks.
From the top of the Main Street viaduct, we had a beautiful view of the sun starting to set behind Canada Place.
The gigantic cranes and shipyard buildings glowed brilliant orange in the setting sun.
As we rolled through Stanley Park, darkness was descending over Coal Harbour.
This place is so beautiful in good weather; it has gone from very cold to summer overnight. The photos below are from another recent roll around the seawall; as you can see, the beaches are packed and every imaginable wheeled and four footed conveyance is pressed into service.
See more pictures here.