Summer in the City – July version

Gotta love Vancouver on a sunny summer day! We are having a fantastic July and I am out and about with the boys. Now that Brubin is a senior dog, he seems to have acclimatised to riding in the bike basket. Where before he used to shake and quiver whenever he saw us put on the helmets, now he has no problem hopping into his perch behind Ty on the bike.

One of the great places to cycle is along the paths through the trees in Stanley Park. Here Brubin is keeping a close eye on where we’re going.

The greens are incredible in the forest here.

The moss on some of the trees is thick and rich – long live the temperate rain forest! I’m sure there are many fascinating scents in the trees.

Another sunny day, another roll on the bike – here we are heading over on the seabus to the North Shore for a ride on the Spirit Trail along the shoreline.

Luckily, today the boat was not crowded – lots of room for the bikes.

The view of the Vancouver skyline from the water is beautiful.

After arriving at the Lonsdale Quay, we rode around the docks for a bit and tried to check out the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennial display. However, their “suggested donation” of seven dollars each was a bit steep for what we could see on display.

(Old Lady rant – I do not like suggested donations. Here’s a tip – a donation is a donation, whatever the donor wants to give. A suggested donation that is enforced is an entry fee and should be described as such.)

From the Quay, we rode west along the water, then up through a few blocks of the First Nations Reserve, past the beautiful old church, and back down to the trail along the water at the foot of Pemberton.

This is a really great ride, past a huge waterfront dog park, then over a railway bridge, through Norgate, past the Burrard First Nations Reservation, under the Lions Gate bridge, past Park Royal Shopping Centre and down to Ambleside Beach.

Using my camera’s zoom function, I could see several people fishing at the mouth of the Capilano River, and got a good picture of Siwash Rock in Stanley Park.

Below are a few more photos of freighters in the bay.

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