Last weekend, we spent a very long Saturday travelling around Vancouver on a Hop-on Hop-off bus. You can look at some pics from Granville Island and the Chinese Gardens, if you didn’t see them already. Our second last stop of the day was to the Vancouver Lookout Tower. If you are thinking it is going to be like the Eureka Towers or even the Rialto in Melbourne you will be sadly disappointed…! The lookout is 168.6m high compared to the 297.3m high Eureka Skydeck! On the plus side, it doesn’t seem to matter; the views are still very good – maybe better since the harbour and hills are a bit more dramatic! It is also a little cheaper and you get multiple visits on one day – perfect for day and night viewing as we did.
The tower: The lift is on the outside of the building with glass walls – a big surprise if you didn’t happen to notice the lift on the way into the building. Very cool!
The view to the west, by day and by twilight:
North Vancouver from Vancouver. As you can see, there is not much skiing to be done this late winter… There should be snow on at least one of these mountains!!
Mr Baker on the skyline. The high rise buildings are in Burnaby, a suburb of Greater Vancouver. There are scattered pockets of high rises scattered throughout the suburbs.
Mt Baker from the picture above is just inside the USA.
West Vancouver on the north side of the harbour and a corner tip of Stanley park (the small bit of forrest that looks like an island). West Vancouver should really be called North-West Vancouver, since it is next to and even further north than North Vancouver. It is also a very expensive place to live!!
BC Place: The stadium for major league soccer & football and events. It changes colour regularly.
Gastown: A funky little street with “Christmas lights” (according to Mikayla) on every tree.
The Tower was the perfect way to finish off a great day touring around Vancouver.