Day 2: Pillars of Glass and Wood

Today I flew from LA to Vancouver, leaving Chris and Ruari to drive to the Grand Canyon, then to Vegas where I will rejoin them.

Vancouver airport is very unusual. To get to border control you cross walkways above the rest of the airport. These walkways are surrounded by various water features, and other unusual sculptures.

I travelled from the airport to downtown on the skytrain, which ironically spent most of its time underground. The trains are driverless, much like the docklands light railway in London, so I secured a seat at the front to enjoy the view.


The first point of interest I explored after arriving in central Vancouver was Canada Place, cross between a convention center and a cruise ship terminal.

After lunch, and some beer, I went for a walk in Stanley Park. Though nominally a park, much of it is effectively dense conifer forest. Many of the trees are old, and as such are impressively tall.


It took the best part of the afternoon to reach the other side, and back. At the far end of the park you get a good view of Lions Gate Bridge; the park is bisected by a fairly major road, which leads to Lions Gate Bridge, and over to the other side of Vancouver Harbour.


Exhausted, after thoroughly exploring the park, I checked in to my Airbnb accommodation. It is a room in a 34th floor flat, and so provides good views of the city.