Vancouver, originally called Gastown in 1867, then renamed
Granville until the city became incorporated with the name of
Vancouver in 1886. That is also where the name
for Granville Street and Granville Bridge came from. The population of the Greater Vancouver area
sure has grown over those years and now is home to over 2.4 million people.
|First morning light over Grnville Bridge in Vancouver, BC|
My sister was spending an extended time in Vancouver last
Fall and rented an apartment overlooking False Creek between the Burrard Bridge (left) and the Granville Street Bridge (right). It was
a great opportunity to visit in the beautiful city of Vancouver and to enjoy the
view which was an ever changing display of light and sounds. So began my
attempt at photographing the beauty from dawn to dark.
|Morning overlooking Granville Island|
False Creek is used for kayaks, dragon boats, canoes and
other non-motorized boats and boards.
This visit didn’t seem to be the right time for those activities but it
can get very busy with motorized and non-motorized traffic, too.
There are Aquabus and ferries that offer rides between Granville Island
and the other side which can make for a nice scenic tour of False Creek.
|October midday at False Creek, Vancouver, BC|
The marina was fairly quiet with few boats coming and going
on these sunny fall days but there was a series being shot on the pier so there
were lots of people milling about. It
gave some interesting views; you’ll see a red carpet with balloons decorating an
entrance by the large yacht in the center of this photo.
|Late afternoon sun overlooking Granville Street Bridge|
There is more than one marina in our view, one being on
Granville Island with a channel of calm water between them. There are pleasure boats and yachts, working
boats, fishing boats, rescue boats and more that can be seen from our vantage
point so there appears to be little traffic but there is always something to
|Early evening on False Creek, Vancouver, BC |
The Burrard Bridge, often called the Burrard Street Bridge, was
built 1930-1932 for 3 million dollars.
The high central span allowed for ships to pass under as well as all
those beautiful boats of today. The
concrete towers are connected by overhead galleries that disguise the steel
trusses and are embellished with sculptured details of architecture.
|Dusk on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC|
The Burrard Bridge is assessed as being in the top category
of historic buildings in Vancouver so hopefully no changes will be made to the
structure of the bridge to change that.
This great piece of Vancouver history has busts of Captain George
Vancouver and Sir Harry Burrard-Neale sculpted on it.
|Twilight on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC|
Granville Island is a peninsula that was once home to
sawmills, industrial manufacturing and a shantytown but was redeveloped by the
provincial government in the 1970’s. The
’86 Expo was at False Creek and the growth in this area is ongoing.
|Evening arrives on False Creek, Vancouver, BC|
The Granville Island Market is a great place to visit with
the fresh food markets, art galleries, restaurants, and so much more. Baskers and entertainers can often be seen
entertaining the crowds who frequent the market.
|Nightime is here on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC|
The Granville Street Bridge is the third one constructed at
this site. The 8 lane bridge was
completed in 1954 at a cost of $16.5 million and there were a million cars that
crossed this bridge in the first month it was open. The Cambie Street Bridge, not in view from
here is the third bridge crossing False Creek.
|Late night Burrard Bridge, Vancouver, BC|
Vancouver is consistently named one of the top five
worldwide cities for livability and their quality of life. One only has to look
out this window to understand that should there be a contest to see which is
one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver would qualify for
What a beautiful series of photos, Sheila. You have a real eye for capturing in a photo the beauty that we see every day, and sometimes fail to appreciate.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Deanna. It is such a beautiful city.Delete