by Wildcat Dianne
October 11, 2004
On the bus ride to Canada Place, Ellen and I spoke with a native about our trip, and he made sure we got off at our stop without trouble. He pronounced Burrard like burr-ahdee and looked like a throwback to the '60s, but he was very nice and made the bus trip to Canada Place very enjoyable.
Once we got off the bus at Canada Place, we were amazed by the size of the place. Not only is Canada Place the cruise ship port for Vancouver, but the building also has a mall, the Pan Pacific Hotel, and an IMAX theater for one to pass the time while waiting for their ship to come in or for us two landlubbers to spend a leisurly afternoon enjoying the sea air and atmosphere.
Ellen and I walked the entire Canada Place Pier to an observation spot where one can take pictures of beautiful Vancouver. The Holland America cruise ship, The Ryndam, was in port loading passengers and food for another cruise to points unknown. Ellen told me it reminded her of seeing her mother-in-law off to a cruise many years ago. You just have to imagine confetti and ship horns blowing and episodes of The Love Boat!
After walking the pier, Ellen and I stopped in a little coffee shop to rest up before taking a seabus across Vancouver Bay. We had a couple of cold drinks and were talking about life and our adventures that day. After 12 years of living in Idaho and only seeing the ocean about five times since then, I loved seeing the Vancouver Bay and breathing in the sea air.
A short walk to the Sea Bus terminal later, Ellen and I boarded the huge sea bus and took a round trip ride across the bay and back. We bumped into fellow guides travelprone and Harry Potter, who were enjoying a day in Vancouver, too.
Your C$8 day pass covers all sea bus trips within Vancouver and is worth buying. You can go from island to island or just sit and enjoy the scenery and meet the locals like Ellen and I did.
From journal "I Have a Feeling I'm Not in Idaho Anymore, Loki!"--My Trip to Vancouver.