Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Tuesday Treasures

 Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

Vancouver BC

When we first moved (transferred) to Toronto in 1991, John was working with Bank of Montreal rolling out debit machines to merchants across the country. He had a sales force from east to west which meant he travelled two weeks a month (yeah for frequent flyer points!!). 
He decided I should fly out to Vancouver for the weekend in August 1991. I left Toronto on a beautiful Friday sunny day in late summer. 
John rented a convertible and picked me up in the pouring rain. We were staying at the Pan Pacific in downtown Vancouver and John had raved about the view...of the Rockies.

Pre-digital photos.

And it rained. We were getting weather warnings about landslides on the drive to Whistler, but we went.

We stayed at the Chateau Whistler Resort at the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

We got better weather when we came back to Vancouver.

Stanley Park

Oh, wait, the umbrellas are out again.

 What led to this walk down Memory Lane? I found a hard copy of this photo and John and I spent hours trying to figure out where it was taken. We first assumed Ireland, then the rest of Europe. I thought maybe in was somewhere in Tennessee. We Googled that sculpture in those parts of the world, nothing. Then we both happened to Google the statue without any location and voila! Discovered it was Vancouver, right here in Canada!! The umbrella should have given us some clue!

We went around Gastown.

'Gassy' Jack Deighton is no more.
On Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, the statue was toppled as participants of the annual Memorial Women's March watched.
Deighton, considered the "founder" of Gastown, was the target of anger due to his 1870 marriage to a 12-year-old local Indigenous girl named Quahail-ya.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River. The current bridge is 140 metres long and 70 metres above the river.

A trip to Granville Island.

For some reason we moved hotels.

Alas, no photos or recollections of where we dined or what we ate!

I did go back to Vancouver on business in January 1998/9 and the weather was gorgeous.

We also went to Vancouver in 2017 when we drove across the country.


  1. We loved Vancouver. I think Gassy Jack should be judged by his peers at the time. Was it seen as wrong back then? I was a bit sad to hear his statue had been toppled. The steam clock is terrific.

  2. ...we met many people from Vancouver when we vacationed in Maui.

  3. Rain on the coast... of course. Beautiful landscapes.

  4. Thank you for showing me this place. And what a red car!

  5. What a beautiful place! It's fun to dip back into the past and see your former self and that amazing car!

  6. Oh, I remember those days when I scanned all the pre-digital pics! With a very, very slow scanner.

    Yippeee, there is no wrong weather, just wrong clothes - looks like a great trip after all!


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