2017Jun08 • Thursday
Vancouver, BC, Canada • Day 13
10:15 Today will be a touristy day! Jacky and Claudia pick us up and we’re heading to Capilano Suspension Bridge today! First we made a side stop at McDonalds on Kingsway for breakfast, and Kinhi and I shared a McGriddle meal with an extra McGriddle and hash brown (don’t know why we had to be so stingy, hmm). Feeling kinda bad for dragging this lovely couple out as they seemed really tired and Claudia was down with a cold and had a interview that afternoon. I guess I just really appreciate their effort for making our trip fun~~
11:14 Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1 Canada.
Hours: May20 ~ Sep4 08:30~20:00
Admission: $42.95 for adults 17-64 years. BC residents get a complimentary annual pass when purchasing a regular priced ticket, including canyon lights and selected seasonal events. There’s also a twilight special (30% off) sold at the gate at 17:00 daily.
A simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in North Vancouver, was originally built in 1889 by George Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver originally made with hemp ropes with a deck of cedar planks. The bridge was completely rebuilt in 1956. But that doesn’t stop me from being terrified of a wobbly wooden bridge that has 800,000 visitors crossing a year! But then a women walking by said “No! If I’m 67 and going across, you’re going too!”. Hahaha, thanks for the encouragement, because now i have no excuse to back out and i made it across, all in one piece!! haha!!
12:15 Joined a short 15 minute tour around the man made lake, Douglas fir and western cedar wood. We learnt about their seeds and leaf, which were edible to the first nations or explorers, and this particular Douglas Fir is height 205ft, circumference of 20ft, with an age of 400-800 years old! Douglas Fir, an evergreen coniferous (yeah, i heard carnivorous and started imagined what a feast it would make of all the forest creatures) trees that can grow to extremely large sizes of 20-100 metres and needs a lot of light so they lose their lower branches so that foliage starts higher off the ground. Douglas-fir can also withstand high temperatures, but under distress it will shoot sap out which kills the nearby foliage, allowing more light source to enhance it’s regrowth. Wow, who’da thought, such selfish and realistic tree!
12:28 Treetop adventure. Made of seven elevated suspension bridges (like mini versions of the bridge) attached to eight 30 ton, 250 year old Douglas-firs. The viewing platforms are attached using an innovative tree collar system that is adjustable and moveable and has no nails or bolts penetrating into the Douglas-fir. The suspension bridges reaching as high as 33.5 metres above the forest floor.
12:55 Cliffwalk. Opened in June 3, 2011, this walk provides a cliffside journey through the rainforest vegetation by series of unobtrusive cantilevered and suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above Capilano River. The walkways, although without the sway of suspension bridges, is just as heart stopping as it is high and narrow, and in some sections made of glass. Oddly enough, the murky glass section wasn’t as scary as the railing with the centre section missing! All of a sudden, nobody wanted to take selfies with me for fear of dropping the phone, haha!
13:30 After leaving Capilano Park, we headed to Lonsdale Quay, located on North Shore’s waterfront and home to 80 specialty shops.
One of these we passed by is Coffee Bun,
Address: Lonsdale Quayside Plaza, 147 Chadwick Court, North Vancouver BC 7M3K2Made of a coffee-flavoured bun with 16 different flavoured filling, such as chocolate, creamy vanilla pudding, green tea, red bean, or just the plain original, provides for a yummy treat. Apparently one of Claudia’s favourites, I was very VERY tempted to try one, except I also wanted to enjoy lunch before dessert, and we missed it WUWUWUWUUUU~~
13:33 Soup and Bun, with freshly made and the soup is really full of ingredients. They come in 4 sizes, small $4.80, medium $5.50, large $6.45, extra large $8.30, and choice of white, wheat, sourdough buns. Today we tried these two: Singapore Rhapsody with white bun, and Italian Wedding with wheat bun. Claudia had to finish in a hurry and leave for her interview. We took our time and walked around Lonsdale Quay Market.
14:28 Sea Bus, $8A translink passenger only ferry service crosses Burrard Inlet and connects downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver. Operating between 06:00 to 01:00 on Monday to Saturday, and 06:00 to 23:30 on Sundays and holidays. It offers free rides on New Year’s Eve to discourage drinking and driving, like all public transport in Vancouver.
14:49 Waterfront station, it’s beautiful
Address: 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1G6, Canada
Waterfront station is located on the south shore of Burrard inlet, just east of the north foot of Granville Street at 601 West Cordova street, and within walking distance to historical Gastown district, the Canada Placecruise ship terminal, the Helijet International helipad, the Vancouver Harbour Water Aerodrome, the downtown float plane terminals for Harbour Air, West Coast Air, Salt Spring Air and other airlines, downtown campuses of Simon Fraser University (SFU) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), federal government services in the Sinclair Centre, the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Harbour Centre office tower, Fairmont Waterfront hotel, and Canada Place.
Waterfront station was built by Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1914, the Pacific terminus and third station for CPR transcontinental passenger trains to Montreal and Toronto. It was transformed into a public intermodal transit facility beginning in 1977. The main station building was designed in neoclassical style, and the main hall features two large clocks facing each other high on the east and west walls, with the interior decorated with paintings that line the wall above the column depicting various scenic Canadian landscapes
14:50 An old elevator clock..
14:55 Sinclair Centre
Address: 340-757 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1A1, Canada
Hours: 10:00 – 17:30
A heritage building of the City of Vancouver and upscale shopping mall located in downtown Vancouver, this complex that comprises of four historical buildings that was restored and connected by a new atrium space designed by Henriquez Partners Architects and Toby Russell Buckwell Architects in 1986 and cost 38 million.
Sinclair Centre is a heritage redevelopment completed by Public Works Canada in 1986, the year of Vancouver’s centennial. It was officially re-opened by the Honorable Stewart McInnes, Minister of Public Works, on October 31, 1986.
15:01 Royal Bank of Canada building.
Address: 675 West Hastings Street, BC
Royal Bank Tower located in downtown Vancouver is a 16 storey office tower that served as the regional office for Royal Bank of Canada until 1973. Designed by the bank’s Chief Architect Sumner Godfrey Davenport, construction began in 1929 and completed in 1931, was one of two notable projects designed by Davenport, in a mix of Art Deco and Neo-Romanesque. The project cost CAD $1.75million. The office building is now undergoing rezoning application and restoration.
15:13 Marine Building from afar
15:14 Waterfront park, clock
Dance of Time
Height: 210cm / 83”
Weight: 390kg / 860 Ibs
Conceived on 1979, first cast 1984
Edition size: 8 (plus 6 proofs)
Technique: Lost wax method
Salvador Dali was intrigued by time as a concept, a fascination thay followed him throughout his life. The melting clock motif, the most iconic of Dali’s images, is a representation of the duality between time and timelessness. It leads the viewer into his world, where imagination and time are limitless. He makes us confront the limitation that we force upon our perception of reality.
Dali representation of clock and time – object and notion – startles us, amazes us and sometimes shocks us, but at the same time it elevates us out of the ordinary sequence of events. We are provided the opportunity to gain insight into the artist’s perspective on our existence. Whether you love if or not, you simply cannot pass by indifferently.
“The famous soft watches are nothing else than the tender, extravagant, solitary, paranoic-critical camembert of time and space.”– Salvadore Dali
Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, this magnificent sculpture will remain on exhibit for all to enjoy for the next 150 days in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. This sculpture is the highlight of the gallery’s annual “Definitely Dali” exhibition, a collection which includes 21 gallery sized Salvadore Dali sculptures and over 200 other original works of art by Dali, Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Matisse.
Cali-Rosso Art Gallery is committed to opening the doors to enlightenment by giving Canadians and visitors the opportunity to experience the excitement and magic of enjoying this great Dali masterpiece without barriers. In doing so, we hope to ignite a passion for art and inspire everybody to enjoy their very own Dance of Time.
Chali-Rosso Gallery welcomes everyone to visit us at 549 Howe Street, just a short 3 minute walk away
15:15 Hornsby X W. Hastings
15:16 Vancouver Club
Address: 915 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6C 1C6, Canada
Hours: 06:00 ~ 00:00
The Club of Choice. Established in 1889, The Vancouver Club has deep roots in this young, vibrant city. The Club is a place to dine, play, relax and connect with other professionals who are shaping the very fabric and creative energy of the West Coast.
The Club is lucky enough to live in a City of Vancouver designated “A” class heritage building. It’s a beautiful home for members in the heart of the business district. The Club is elegant and informal, distinguished and comfortable.
Over the years, Club members have influenced the growth of both the city of Vancouver and the province of British Columbia. New members soon find themselves welcomed by people from industries of every stripe, from diverse local companies and creative organizations to multinational, global ventures.
When a group of visionaries founded the Vancouver Club in 1889, the tiny logging town was just three years old. By 1911, over 100,000 people called Vancouver home. As the city grew up, so did the Club. The final coat of paint had dried on the current clubhouse by December 1913 and on New Year’s Eve, members dressed in top hats and tails paraded into the building at the stroke of midnight. A new era was underway.
Electric streetcars soon gave way to gas-powered buses and the coal-burning ships that had dominated the harbour sailed off into history. Cobbled streets and three-storey buildings lingered in the shadows of soaring glass towers. The Club saw the arrival of radio, television, waiting lists, multiple renovations, and an amalgamation with the University Club. In 2000, the Georgian Club merged with our membership, giving these distinguished women a permanent home in the heart of downtown.
Now in its third century, the Vancouver Club remains rooted in the very foundations of the city. It’s a place where global business meets rich local culture and tradition blends seamlessly with innovation. For members and their guests, the Club is a storied hideaway amid a lively urban setting.
15:19 Marine Building
Address: 355 Burrard Street, Downtown Vancouver, Canada, near Financial District
The building was the brainchild of Lt. Commander J.W. Hobbs, an enthusiastic English transplant who had become the vice-president of G.A. Stimson and Co. Ltd. of Toronto and proudly called itself “Canada’s oldest bond house”, who contracted the local architecture firm of McCarter and Nairne to bring his vision to reality. Fresh off designing the deco Medical-Dental Building at Georgia and Howe, John McCarter and George Nairne let their imaginations run wild on the Marine Building.
Construction began March 13, 1929, and the building was officially opened on October 7th 1930, and at 97.8 metres (321 ft and 22 floors) it was the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939. Impresario Hugh Pickett was among the hundreds of Vancouverites who attended the gala opening. Mayor William Malkin opened the doors with a golden key and Lt.-Gov. R. Randolph Bruce opened the Vancouver Merchants Exchange in the northern wing of the main floor. “It was quite a gala event, because it was the biggest building in the city,” Pickett recalls. “There was a big mob of citizens, ladies, gentlemen. Everybody that was interested in the city was there … it was an important moment in the history of the city.”
Artistically, it was one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the world. According to the architects, McCarter & Nairne, the building was intended to evoke “some great crag rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green, touched with gold.”
“The building suggests some great marine rock rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and fauna, tinted in sea green, flashed with gold, at night a dim silhouette piercing the sea mists,” wrote The Vancouver Sun in an opening day supplement on Oct. 7, 1930.
The Marine Building looks impressive from any angle. Looking west from Granville and Hastings, the elegant symmetry of the building’s central tower is simply breathtaking. Everything was designed in the deco style, and most everything has a marine theme. The terra cotta trim on the upper wings represent sea foam on the great marine rock, and provides accent to its brown brick body. Terra cotta busts of King Neptune stand watch from the four corners of the 16th floor, with his trident and crown.
Standing in front of the swinging doors at 355 Burrard, you’ll see seahorses, crabs and assorted sea life carved into the bronze door frame, the eight historic ships etched in bas relief above the front arch, and the terra cotta zeppelins, biplanes and trains subtly placed amid the brick to signify state of the art transportation circa 1929. Canada geese soar above the front entrance, illuminated by rays of sunshine that were originally cloaked in gold leaf. An osprey looms above the swinging door with a fish in its claws, and an eagle stands guard at the top of the entrance.
Inside, two-storey lobby has soft brown tiled walls, giving it a timeless air as if entering a special ancient place (designed to evoke a Mayan temple), but there are also some classic deco futurist geometric designs, sunbursts, lightening bolts and zigzags. The second-storey wall sconces in the lobby are shaped like ships’ prows. The lobby clock has sea creatures instead of numbers (a starfish for 12, a lobster for 6, etc.). Lobby tiles feature a smiling whale and a Viking ship. The lobby floor has the signs of the zodiac etched on.
The elevator’s bronze doors are decorated in a dazzling array of sea fauna with depictions of sea snails, skate, crabs, turtles, carp, scallops, seaweed and sea horses, as well as the transportation means of the era and an exploding star, the interior walls inlaid with an intricate blend of 12 varieties of local hardwoods and the unbelievable plasterwork on the ceiling featuring even more sea life.
“This is the height of art deco, the absolute height of it,” says Don Luxton, president of the Canadian Art Deco Society.
Built at the onset of the Great Depression, the Marine Building was the grandest and most opulent skyscraper Vancouver had ever seen, and financially drove its original owners broke. Way over budget from the projected cost of $1.5 million, the expensive and elaborate decorations totalled $2.3 million, and Hobbs managed to get the money together to complete the skyscraper after the stock market collapse set off a worldwide economic depression Oct. 17, 1929, but by 1931, mortgage holder James Richardson of Winnipeg was suing (and winning) for non-payment of $250,000. Desperate to raise cash, Hobbs offered the building to the City of Vancouver for $1 million. Vancouver was considering building a new city hall at the time, but turned him down. British Pacific Building Co. purchased the Marine Building for $900,000 in July, 1933. The 2016 property assessment is $90 million. The driving force behind British Pacific was Victoria-born international financier A.J.T. (Fred) Taylor, who convinced Guinness beer family of Ireland to invest in the company and built the Lion’s Gate Bridge and developed British Properties in West Vancouver with their investments. Taylor ran British Pacific from offices on the 19th floor. Above his office was a two-storey, three-level penthouse with a wraparound terrace, which was supposed to be the Marine Building’s observation tower.
The observation deck’s 25-cent admission was unaffordable to most during the depression, and so remained empty until Taylor had converted it into his personal mansion. Currently, there are no public galleries in the building.
The Marine Building penthouse is the stuff of legend, a masterpiece outfitted in the latest 1930s decor. It had a 17-foot-high ceiling in the living room, a spiral staircase leading to two bedrooms on the mezzanine level, a marble fireplace, wood-panelled walls, teak floors and elaborately tiled bathrooms. There are all sorts of stories attached to the penthouse. One is that Taylor never actually lived in it because his wife didn’t like living so high in the sky. The Taylors did in fact live in a house in West Vancouver, but Luxton says the real reason Mrs. Taylor didn’t want to live there was because as an office building the Marine Building shut down at night, leaving the Taylors marooned 300 feet above the city. “They shut the elevators down at night,” he says. “They couldn’t get down unless they walked down.” Another story is that Taylor once took a pony up to the penthouse terrace to entertain his kids. Atkin says this is true, but it’s been spun into another yarn that is a little more far-fetched. “There is a tourism publication that says businessmen in downtown Vancouver used to meet up there for horse races, and that they had a horse-racing track on the roof,” says Atkin. “Which is probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read.”
Taylor moved to New York at the start of the Second World War, and in 1941 the penthouse was rented to a Mrs. Mary Fisher. Not much is known about her, but local theatre legend Norman Young recalls that her son had some wicked “Shaughnessy bathtub parties” at the penthouse in the early 1940s. “They were social parties in the ’40s,” explains Young with a laugh. “Everybody would get drunk at the party and you’d cram into the bathtub as many people as you could, and then move on to the next bathroom. It was a way of mixing singles. But it could only take place in the mansions in Shaughnessy [because they had several bathrooms]. I think [the penthouse] had three bathrooms, but they weren’t enough for a good party.” The Fishers moved out in 1944 and the penthouse was converted to an office by the Spencer department store family in 1947. It’s now occupied by Sun Gold Mining company.
The Guinness family sold the Marine Building, the Guinness Tower and Oceanic Plaza to Campeau Corp. and Confederation Life for $81.8 million in 1985. Princeton Developments bought out Campeau’s half in 1990 for $100 million, then sold one-third of the buildings to the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) for $60 million. OMERS eventually bought out its partners and now operates the building by itself as Marine Building Holdings Ltd. The building’s 2004 property assessment is $22,086,000.
This building was also the management centre for oneworld, of one of the three largest airline alliances in the world, from its founding in May 2000 until it was relocated to New York City in June 2011.
An extensive, $17-million renovation was carried out from 1982-1989 to update the electrical, mechanical and air-conditioning systems. Heritage activists were not pleased with some of the renovations, such as replacing with marble the lobby’s original multi-coloured “battleship linoleum,” which had been imported from Scotland, to marble. The former Merchant Exchange was also gutted, with its signature mural of the world destroyed, and its beautiful floor covered up when it was raised so diners could take advantage of the room’s huge windows. It was replaced with a high-end Chinese restaurant favoured by an elite clientele (the Rolling Stones like to eat there when they’re in town).
Perched on the edge of the downtown waterfront that was the original Coal Harbour shoreline, the Marine Building was designed to be the office building downtown, an architectural showpiece that would serve as the hub of the city’s thriving marine trade. “It really was designed to be the best building in Canada,” said heritage expert John Atkin. “There wasn’t anything that was off the shelf. It was all [specially] made for the building. That makes it very different from today, where you just go to a catalogue.”
For decades, the Marine Building was the Coal Harbour skyline, a beacon to people arriving by water. Finally it was eclipsed as the tallest building in the city in 1967 by the Guinness Tower next door, which is seven feet taller (328 ft to 321 ft). Now as downtown has filled up with high rise towers, hemmed in by Shaw Tower to the northwest, the Guinness Tower to the west, a federal office building to the south, the CIBC tower to the southeast, the Daon building to the east and the planned hotel/residential tower by Marathon directly to the north will take away its last connection to the waterfront.
“It’s a real pity,” says Atkin. “If it gets swallowed up in amongst the city, it loses something that’s made it special over the years, being able to view it from the water.” Luxton agrees, and thinks the city should have paid more attention to the prominence of the Marine Building when it was planning the Coal Harbour development. After all, it isn’t likely that we’ll ever see a building like it built again. “The attention to detail, the workmanship, is absolutely astonishing,” he says.
The Marine Building is utterly unique, and uniquely Vancouver.
15:32 Bella Gelataria
Address: Coal Harbour store, 1001 W Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B7, Canada
Address: Yaletown store, 1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Z4, Canada
Hours: 11:00 ~ 22:00
Working with local farmers and handcrafted flavours that changes with seasons, produced in small batches, instead of manufactured, ensures their quality and taste.
We only tried the Akbar Mashti gelato, made of Rosewater, Saffron, Cream, Pistachio flavours, and it a great fusion of taste and impeccable texture, almost perfect for this stuffy hot weather. I’ve heard there’s usually an hour long line up at this Coal Harbour location, but (thankfully) for the rain today, line up was less than half an hour and did not extend out the door, although the seats were full indoors. Maybe when I finally move back to Vancouver, I’m gonna try all their other flavours!!
15:53 Mink hot chocolate
Address: 863 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6C 3N9 “On the Park”, (cross street Hornby)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-6PM, Sat & Sun 9.30AM-5PM, Statutory holidays Closed.
Address: Unit F-110 Morgan Crossing, 15775 Croydon Drive, Surrey, BC, Canada, V3S 2L6
Hours: Mon-Tue 8AM-7PM; Wed-Fri 8AM-9PM; Sat 9AM-9PM; Sun & Holidays 9AM-6PM
At their original and corporate Mink store, located in the heart of the financial district in downtown Vancouver, facing a park that was created when Canada Place was developed for Expo 86 and no vehicular traffic in front of our store, are one of the best patios in the city. Apparently the view in Spring with full bloom cherry blossoms is awe-inspiring! (Jots down for future visits!)
Using the finest Belgian chocolate, the Mink line of supremely decadent, ultra luxurious high percentage cocoa chocolate bars and bonbons are made in small batches with nothing added to extend shelf life, the sell handmade artisan chocolate bars and original art bonbons from Vancouver, British Columbia!
Their hot drinking chocolate was luxurious and decadent, dark and rich, melted chocolates sliding down, yummmm!! Another must-try again place!
17:05 Placed Upon the Horizon (Casting Shadows), 1990
Address: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Georgia’s Corner, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada
In 1989 the Vancouver Art Gallery commissioned its first public artwork from the American artist Lawrence Weiner. One of the founding fathers of Conceptual Art, Weiner is highly regarded for his language-based artworks that range from textual instructions to poetic statements of fact. Weiner’s Placed Upon the Horizon (Casting Shadows) consists of golden letters carved in yellow cedar installed on the frieze of the southern façade of the Gallery’s Robson Street portico. The letters mimic the gilded letters that adorn the facades of state buildings (recalling the building’s history as a former courthouse) but in a material with deep cultural and historical significance for this region. The statement could refer to the non-existent sight-line that is obscured by the City, while casting shadows describes one the the works physical properties. In the context of civic Vancouver and the bustle of Robson Street, the work interrupts the functional city, inserting a quiet, poetic text that calls attention to natural rhythms of time and environment that we often forget in the contemporary urban setting. The artwork has a height 0.3m x width 8.28m x depth 0.05m.
18:00 CF Pacific Centre
Address: 701 West Georgia St., Vancouver, British Columbia V7Y 1G5
18:13 Abercrombie & Fitch (CF Pacific Centre location)
One of my favourite casual clothings store, bought a rather expensive blue maxi dress which K really liked and insisted I buy it despite the costly price tag. Got another black dress, simply because it had nice deep pockets, and a black sports jacket that was on sale and mostly because of its thumb holes. Yeah, I think I have a rather weird shopping criteria.
19:05 Guess (CF Pacific Centre location)
Dropped by here because I got a little handbag from Guess at Metrotown but they only had the display one left and which was slightly scratched and fraying. The sales at this location not only helped us check whether they had any left (they didn’t) but let us place order online and pick up at any location (which we didn’t have time for) then helped us check which location had some left! Thanks!!
19:29 Guess (Robson location)
Finally got my new handbag, yay! And i got a further 30% discount for this location’s closing down sale, umm, yay! Though for the record, I think I’ve been washing it too much and it’s already falling apart.
19:41-21:25 Red Robin
Address: 803 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1W1, Canada
Met up with Sam Ip, and at a lost for what to eat, decided to reminiscence and eat at Robson’s street Red Robin. The gourmet burgers are just as good as I remembered, the fries portion are smaller but still bottomless, and with their house seasoning are totally delish, but their burgers are quite filling and didn’t have much tummy-space for much fries. Awww, now I miss em.
21:35 Robson street