Granville Island definitely is an eyeful. There's musicians of all sorts, crafts, food, shopping, art and niche stores dedicated to umbrellas and sake and hats. Sitting out by the water watching the birds is a fantastic way to spend a nice afternoon on the island if it's not too busy - which it does get on summer weekends. Best to take public transit to the island, or cycle over if you're able because parking spaces get to be a hot commodity.
If you're lucky enough to have a boat and the opportunity of leisure time to travel to Vancouver, Pelican Bay Marina pictured above at the Granville Island Hotel is an option for you for temporary moorage. Then you can take a colourful Aquabus across False Creek to upscale Yaletown. Oh, to have the free time. And money.
The tugboats here remind me of The Beachcombers, the longest running drama series in Canadian tv, from 1972-1990. I used to watch it but all I remember was the unpalatable character Relic, and how most episodes were about chasing after logs that got away from logging barges. Can't get more Canadian than that. Except maybe if it was about harvesting maple syrup. Or making ice wine. Or something about beavers.
This picture strikes me as strange. There's snow-capped mountains in the background. Not a cloud in the sky. A sailboat in the foreground. Some people were outside on this day in shorts. Others had pants and jackets on. It's March, and it's beautiful.
This kayaker set off from the banks of the Jericho Sailing Centre. Albeit frigid, the waters of Burrard Inlet were calm, allowing good opportunity for him to hone his skills at righting a capsized kayak.