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A Young German's Tour of Vancouver

A young relative of a friend came as a tourist to my city. I offered to show him around. Why don't you join us? Be a tourist today. Do you think Olli enjoyed his visit?
The first week of May, mainly overcast. On our way up Mt. Seymour we drove through a cloud... a new experience for Olli. Other new experiences were the sighting of several humming birds, and the sighting of what we are sure was a seal. On the first day our only tourist visit was a long walk around the seawall followed by a quick drive through Stanley Park. We fit everything else into the second day, starting with Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park near his hostel in downtown Vancouver, then traveling south to Queen Elizabeth Park and continuing from there to Finn Slough in the south part of Richmond. Then crossing the city again to the north and east to Deep Cove and Mt. Seymour, then west and farther north to Shannon Falls near Squamish, and finally south back to his hostel.

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Olli stayed at The Cambie Hostel in an old part of downtown Vancouver. ssP1160903e
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Olli stayed at The Cambie Hostel in …
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Another view of The Cambie Hostel.  ssP1160904e
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Another view of The Cambie Hostel. …
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Old building across from The Cambie Hostel.  ssP1160905e
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Old building across from The Cambie …
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After Olli got organized at the Hostel we went for a long walk on the Seawall at Stanley Park.  P1160906e2
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After Olli got organized at the Host…
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Feeding time for the birds when the tide goes out.  ssP1160913e
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Feeding time for the birds when the …
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A Vancouver resident enjoying the seawall.  ssP1160916e
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A Vancouver resident enjoying the se…
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A view of North Vancouver across the finger of water.  ssP1160917e
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A view of North Vancouver across the…
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View of the Seawall.  ssP1160918e
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View of the Seawall. ssP1160918e
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The majestic landmark, Siwash Rock, is ahead of us.  A view of North Vancouver.  ssP1160920e
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The majestic landmark, Siwash Rock, …
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Seagulls enjoying the view from Siwash Rock.  ssP1160923e
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Seagulls enjoying the view from Siwa…
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We look behind us.  A huge boat is coming.  We decide to stand where we are and wait for it to pass by.  ssP1160926
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We look behind us. A huge boat is c…
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The boat moves slowly.  We have time to take more pictures and to chat.  ssP1160930e
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The boat moves slowly. We have time…
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Lions Gate Bridge from Vancouver to North Vancouver.  ssP1160931e
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Lions Gate Bridge from Vancouver to …
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Finally Olli believes the boat is near enough for a good shot.  ssP1160932
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Finally Olli believes the boat is ne…
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We are waiting for another shot of the boat.  In the mean time another boat is in the distance, I don't think we'll wait for that one.  The sky behind us is getting more beautiful.  It's a damp day, but refreshing.  ssP1160934e
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We are waiting for another shot of t…
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It was worth the wait.  It is a huge boat indeed.  ssP1160935e
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It was worth the wait. It is a huge…
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One of Olli's goals is to see a Seal.  He keeps watching the water.  We think we see one.  It is very possible.  Unfortunately too far away for the 10x zoom to capture.   ssP1160941e
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One of Olli's goals is to see a Seal…
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Siwash Rock is much photographed, but it is picturesque.  ssP1160942e
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Siwash Rock is much photographed, bu…
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After our walk we drive to a viewpoint in Stanley Park, on a hill directly above where we stood to take photos of the boat.  This monument records the damage done by a storm, many old trees were uprooted.  It was costly to clean up the damage to the park.
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After our walk we drive to a viewpoi…
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From the viewpoint we get a better view of North Vancouver.  This is a railroad bridge.  ssP1160946e
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From the viewpoint we get a better v…
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From the viewpoint we get a different view of Lions Gate Bridge between Vancouver and North Vancouver.  ssP1160947e
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From the viewpoint we get a differen…
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Our coastal landscape has been made famous by painters Tom Thomson, Toni Onley, and many more.  ssP1160950e
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Our coastal landscape has been made …
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A better view of the trees, but not so picturesque as just the treetops.  ssP1160953e
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A better view of the trees, but not …
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This tree started from a seed fallen on an old stump.  ssP1160954e
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This tree started from a seed fallen…
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Floral display at the viewpoint.  ssP1160959e
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Floral display at the viewpoint. ss…
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A bit breezy at the viewpoint, the tulips are leaning.  ssP1160960e
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A bit breezy at the viewpoint, the t…
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This tugboat is much faster than the big boat we waited for.  This is the end of our day together, he returns to his hostel.  ssP1160963e
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This tugboat is much faster than the…
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Now on our second day of touring, we are in downtown Vancouver's Chinatown at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Park. There is no entry fee for the park, and only a small cost to see the Gardens next door.  All our photos are of the Park.
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Now on our second day of touring, we…
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This heron is not usually at the gardens.  He majestically glided down and posed for us.  ssP1160964e
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This heron is not usually at the gar…
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A Canada Goose enjoys the pond at the Garden.  P1160980e1
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A Canada Goose enjoys the pond at th…
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One Canada Goose stands at her nest recently made.  There are no eggs yet.  The geese are very trusting to make their nest on the ground of this busy garden.  ssP1160981e
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One Canada Goose stands at her nest …
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A man kneels not far from the nest, to feed a koi in the pond.    ssP1160968e
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A man kneels not far from the nest, …
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The nest is in the foreground.  It is made of twigs, leaves and soft feathers they have pulled from their bodies.  ssP1160970e
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The nest is in the foreground. It i…
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On the other side of the tall garden walls you can see the buildings of downtown Vancouver.  Sometimes they are reflected in the pond, as you will see in the next photo.  ssP1160969e
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On the other side of the tall garden…
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This Canada Goose shares the pond with relections of skyscrapers and oriental garden buildings. An idyllic image.  ssP1160982e
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This Canada Goose shares the pond wi…
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Peonies.  ssP1160983
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On the other side of this wall is the Gardens area where there is a fee to enter.  We didn't have time to see it.  The red building behind is part of Chinatown.  Photos were taken in May.  ssP1160971e
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On the other side of this wall is th…
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Within the small park is a variety of experiences.  It is so peaceful to walk through this bamboo-lined path.  ssP1160978e
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Within the small park is a variety o…
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We leave the Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens and travel 15 min south to Queen Elizabeth Park.  This park is created in an old rock quarry, it is now a giant hole in the mountain where the rock has been removed.  This is the view of downtown from the top of the hil
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A view into the landscaped hole in the mountain, with downtown in the far background. ssP1160998e
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A view into the landscaped hole in t…
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We are now in the landscaped hole in the mountain.  Olli admires the view.  ssP1160988e
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We are now in the landscaped hole in…
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More beautiful landscape in the hole in the mountain.  ssP1160995e
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More beautiful landscape in the hole…
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Not a large waterfall, but it is very tall.  The sound makes a peaceful park.  ssP1160994e
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Not a large waterfall, but it is ver…
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This is only the bottom third of the waterfall.  ssP1160993e
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This is only the bottom third of the…
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The hill in the background is the height from which the waterfall drops.  ssP1160989e
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The hill in the background is the he…
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Wild ducks waddle and pose for Olli.  ssP1160991e
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Wild ducks waddle and pose for Olli.…
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A nice place to rest in the park.  ssP1160999e
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A nice place to rest in the park. s…
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One of the many varieties of tulips on display.  ssP1170001e
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One of the many varieties of tulips …
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There is a small asian section in the Queen Elizabeth Park.  ssP1160996e
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There is a small asian section in th…
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Now we are at Finn Slough in the south part of Richmond.  It is an old fishing community, the buildings are built on stilts over the water.  I have an album that is entirely of Finn Slough photos, if you wish to see more.  ssP1170008e
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Now we are at Finn Slough in the sou…
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These buildings have been here for a very long time, and people still live in them.  I believe most of these boots are used as birdhouses, although some of them look ready to put on one's feet.
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These buildings have been here for a…
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The tide is out, a good time to check the pilings on which the building stands.  ssP1170003e
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The tide is out, a good time to chec…
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Hmm.  Is everything okay, or do I need to work on some of these?   ssP1170002e
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Hmm. Is everything okay, or do I ne…
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There is lots of interest at this location for our tourist to take photos of.  ssP1170010e
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There is lots of interest at this lo…
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A footbridge leads to the other side of the slough.  We can walk on the boardwalk, but only as far as the gates, not into their yards.  ssP1170011
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A footbridge leads to the other side…
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Here is a gate, oh it looks so inviting but we cannot go onto their private property.  ssP1170014e
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Here is a gate, oh it looks so invit…
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There are some unique decorations at this home.  ssP1170022e
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There are some unique decorations at…
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On our way back to the car we notice this man has found something to work on.  I quicky raised my camera.  Olli asked me if this is a zoo, since I want to take more photos of this man.  ssP1170020e
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On our way back to the car we notice…
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See how much water there is now, that man will not have much time to work on his property  ssP1170024e
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See how much water there is now, tha…
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Finn Slough is a quaint area.  I always enjoying there.  ssP1170025e
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Finn Slough is a quaint area. I alw…
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Now we are at Deep Cove.  Olli takes an interest in the cottages and homes across the water.  ssP1170039e
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Now we are at Deep Cove. Olli takes…
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More buildings across the water at Deep Cove.  ssP1170040e
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More buildings across the water at D…
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Deep Cove has a marina.  We want to explore further and find the source of the noise.  It sounds like a waterfall.  sP1170037e
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Deep Cove has a marina. We want to …
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We walk up the hill behind the marina, looking for the waterfall.  ssP1170026e
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We walk up the hill behind the marin…
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Olli finds the remains of a campfire and several empty cans from German beer.  He thinks it is funny to find German beer cans in Canada's forest.   ssP1170028e
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Olli finds the remains of a campfire…
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We look through the trees behind us and see the ocean.  ssP1170029e
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It wasn't far to the waterfall.  Noisy.  ssP1170030e
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It wasn't far to the waterfall. Noi…
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Olli has water droplets on his head from the dampness of the forest.  ssP1170035e
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Mount Seymour ski area.  We drove through clouds to get up the mountain, and we are in a cloud now.  ssP1170042e
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Mount Seymour ski area. We drove th…
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The chairlift is in the background.  It is the beginning of May, the snow is old, there is no skiing on this mountain at this time.  ssP1170043e
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The chairlift is in the background. …
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It is chilly but not as cold as it looks.  ssP1170044e
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It is chilly but not as cold as it l…
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The snow is old and icy.  Olli with my husband.  ssP1170045e
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The snow is old and icy. Olli with …
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The plow is ready, but nothing will be done.  The snow is not good for skiing right now.  Not many visitors come.  ssP1170047e
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The plow is ready, but nothing will …
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We headed north towards Squamish.  The forests are magical, with all their lush moss. ssP1170049eWC
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We headed north towards Squamish. T…
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It is very moist on this route, especially here at Shannon Falls where the mist from the falls sprays over a long distance.  This scene is near the parking lot, which is beside the highway.  ssP1170060eWC3
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It is very moist on this route, espe…
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It is a short distance from the parking lot to Shannon Falls.  We enjoy the lush scenery.  ssP1170057e
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It is a short distance from the park…
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In the sun or shade the heavy moss is so beautiful.  ssP1170061eWC1
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In the sun or shade the heavy moss i…
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The river at the bottom of the falls runs fast and furious.  It is still cascading down the mountain.    ssP1170053e
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The river at the bottom of the falls…
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The rocks are slippery.  The shore is slippery.  Don't fall in.  ssP1170048eWC1
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The rocks are slippery. The shore i…
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You can see here that Shannon Falls is huge.  It is difficult to get the right exposure for the falls.  ssP1170050e
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You can see here that Shannon Falls …
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Only a short hike up the trail there is a viewpoint.  See how majestic it is.  You cannot imagine the roar.  The path continues upwards for a better view but we did not have time and the spray was too wet for our cameras.  ssP1170055e
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Only a short hike up the trail there…
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This moss is very thick and soft.  ssP1170063e
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This moss is very thick and soft. s…
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This looks a bit like a giraffe.  There are two trees growing out of the stump of a tree that was cut down many years ago.  See below re the grooves in the stump.  ssP1170052
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This looks a bit like a giraffe. Th…
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Returning back to the city in the late afternoon, we stop for refreshment at a marina near the ferry terminal in West Vancouver.  ssP1170068e
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Returning back to the city in the la…
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Nice to relax here after our very full day of sightseeing.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  ssP1170070e
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Nice to relax here after our very fu…
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