Cargo ships are a common sight in the harbour around Vancouver, and they're huge! This ship called the Star America was built in 1985. It's 169 metres long and about 30,000 tonnes deadweight. That's the equivalent of 1-1/2 football fields long and about 20,100 passenger cars total in weight! How does it stay afloat? The size of these ships don't quite strike you until you see the size of a regular passenger pleasurecraft in comparison:
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.