A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Posted: September 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Vancouver | No Comments »

Sun behind harbour center

Sun behind harbour center


Vancouver really is an amazing city. I forget this sometimes as I’ve just grown so used to it all. The sights to see here are world class, there’s always something to do whether it’s getting a drink in Railtown, climbing the Grouse grind, or hanging out in some of the hidden parks downtown. What I love most though is discovering something new in the city, especially when it was right in front of my eyes all along but I never saw it.

The view from Crab Park

The view from Crab Park

One of my favourite discoveries is an unknown little park right down in railtown area called Crab Park. It’s so unknown that Google Maps doesn’t even have it labelled. To get there you have to go over the Main St bridge, yes that’s right Main St has a bridge at the very end. Go over the bridge and follow the roundabout. Park, and enjoy. It’s one of the nicest views the city has with its stark contract of colours from various shipping containers, the bustle of frigates moving in and out of the Port as well as the constant traffic from the Seabus and Helijet.

CyclistsThe only problem one might say about it is, because of its location and the issues that lie therein, a lot of people have ended up calling this little place home. Whether it be under a tree, in the bushes, or under the pier, there are a few less fortunate than I who have seemed to find a place of serenity amidst the turmoil of the DTES Some may find this a problem, I find it to be quintessential for mixing what is usually a vast dichotomy in this city. On one side you have the stereotypical Vancouver polished aesthetic, and on the other the disheartening reality of a large populace that have been beaten down and forgotten by our society. All things considered however, this is a great place to take the girl for a walk and enjoy the smell of some open air.



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