Hiking at Belcara Regional Park on Labour Day Long Weekend

On the Labour Day long weekend, Nanzaro, Ben and I decided to go for a hike at Belcara Regional Park. We could not get a parking spot at our earlier attempt this summer.

So, this time we headed out early, at 7:00am. There were plenty of parking this time.

We did 3 trails this time; the Woodhaven Loop Trail, Woodhaven Swamp Loop Trail and the Sesamat Lake Loop Trail.

I was a little concern with the above signage.

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Celebration of Light 2018

Every year, Ben and I will go to the Celebration of Light Festival in Vancouver. It is one of the summer highlight in Vancouver.


This year, we decided to watch it from English Bay. We found parking at West 8th Avenue and Hemlock St. and walked all the way to English Bay. The above photo was a scene taken from the Burrard Street Bridge with English Bay in view.

A sunset view with some Canadian geese swimming along the water.

Initially, we settled on a long near the water. After some thought, we changed our mind as we worried the tide will come in later into the evening. We moved on and found a spot on a grassy area. We laid down our blanket and sat down to watch the sunset and people watching as more and more people started to trickle in.

As Ben rested on the blanket, I took a stroll along the beach. I saw a lot of inuksuit built on the rocks by the beach.
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Bonsai and Orchid Exhibition at Aberdeen Centre, Richmond

This year marked the 13th Annual Bonsai and Bloom Exhibition.

The exhibition took place in the Central Atrium at Aberdeen Centre on June 2nd & 3rd, 2018.

The exhibition show case over 100 bonsai and 50 flower displays.

The fountain makes a great backdrop for the display.

The sound of splashing waters adds serenity to the atmosphere. Continue reading

Port Moody Shoreline Trail

After having lunch at the Henderson Place Mall, we did some groceries shopping at the New Pacific Supermarket in the mall. We also checked out a Korean style dollar store there. I like to see unique household stuff that we do not find in our day to day store.

On our way home, we drove pass a trail sign and we decided to stop and check it out. After all, our trip to this part of town is not wasted.

The Shoreline Trail in Port Moody follows the line of the original Ioco Road partway between Rocky Point Park and Old Orchard Park in the district of Pleasantside.

The entrance to the trail is lined with the bushes above. The bees are busy working collecting nectar. Continue reading

A Stroll Along New Westminster Pier Park

On a Saturday cloudy morning, Ben and I went for a walk at the New Westminster Pier Park.

This 2.5km waterfront park connects visitors to the mighty Fraser River with a pleasant Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk.

Our walk started at some very nice residential area with a view of the Fraser River.

A playground for the residential kids.

The Boardwalk is lined with beautiful spring flower beds. Continue reading

QE Park Spring Lights Cherry Blossom Festival

Yesterday, Ben, Nanzaro and I went to the Spring Lights Cherry Blossom Festival at Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Spring Lights Festival was from dusk to dawn. We arrived around 7PM and it was not dark yet. We were very lucky to find a parking spot right away. Traffic was bad when we left the park as there were many cars and people trying to attend this festival despite the rain.

There were three food carts at the festival. One of them was McDonald’s giving away free coffee. The line to the food carts were long. We did not get anything from the food carts as we just had dinner.

We walked around QE Park to wait for the sky to darken in order to enjoy the lights gazing upon the cherry blossoms. Continue reading

Langara’s “Brown Paper Couture” Exhibit in Oakridge Centre’s East Galleria

I was at Oakridge Mall and came upon the Langara’s “Brown Paper Couture” Exhibit in the East Galleria.

This exhibit showcase couture dresses made by local Langara students. The material used include corrugated cardboard, twine, dimpled packaging paper and wrapping paper. The decorations or accessories are made from coffee filters, cupcake papers, strings and thumbtacks. Glue gun and wire are used to stich everything together. What an amazing project.

I remembered seeing such exhibit in the PNE too.

Here are the exhibits for your enjoyment.

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Chinatown, Vancouver

This is one of our impromptu walk in Vancouver.

This time we headed towards Chinatown. I like the above Woodward’s Building which has trees planted on top of the building.

This is one of the heritage building in Gastown, Dominion Building.

A totem pole and longhouse on top of Skwachays Lodge on Pender Street.

Millennium Gate on Pender Street in Chinatown. Continue reading

Canada 150 Parade, Vancouver

Ben and I took the Canada Line to downtown to watch the Canada 150 Parade in Vancouver. The two hour parade was in the evening.

We got off the Vancouver City Center station and parked ourselves just across the Burrard Station of the Expo Line. Here are some of the photos from the parade.  The parade showcase the multiculturalism of Vancouver.

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Queen Elizabeth Park in Spring

Nanzaro participated in the BMO Marathon for the second time.

The start of the race was adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Park. After seeing him off the run, Ben and I had our morning walk at the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen Elizabeth Park puts on a new look in spring. Here are some of the views in QE Park.

A pair of Canadian geese swimming in a pond.

Flowers blooming gloriously in the sun. Continue reading