Friday, March 31, 2006

that ain't no lake!

To get the full effect I stuck a couple of the previous pictures together to make a sort of panorama (click on photo to get a larger view). How I wish we'd had a digital camera back then!



No, it's not a lake, it's the Pacific Ocean, but a fairly sheltered part of it known as Howe Sound, North America's southernmost fjord which runs from West Vancouver up to Squamish. There are numerous islands in the sound, some of them reachable by ferry, others by private boat only. The Sunshine Coast, actually part of the mainland, is also only accessible by boat, plane or helicopter.

Just below the trees in the picture is Highway 99, also called the Sea to Sky Highway . It's a winding, unbelievably scenic route to Whistler Mountain where the Winter Olympics will be held in 2010.

24 Comments:

At March 31, 2006 11:38 AM, Blogger Claire said...

That is beautiful! I have never been to Vancover but spent a summer in Seattle as a kid. A friend of mine for BC kept trying to get me to go, but I never made it. I think the camera you had was pretty good! Most cameras today could not do much better.

 
At March 31, 2006 12:05 PM, Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Thinking of home are we? And a heavenly one at that! :-)

I hope you choke on the ice...(I'm joking..Ok?);-)

 
At March 31, 2006 12:33 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I definitely have to visit the west coast. The farthest I've been was Calgary.

 
At March 31, 2006 12:54 PM, Blogger christina said...

Claire - I've been through Seattle a bunch of times on my way to somewhere else, but haven't really spent any time there. The whole of the Pacific Northwest is really beautiful and definitely worth a visit.

Duncan - Actually, looking at these pictures makes me feel less homesick somehow. It's always there waiting, you know?

And I know you're joking. :-) The ice maker is getting so much use that there's a big puddle of water on the floor in front of the fridge now.

CanadianSwiss - No ocean in Calgary.:-) I should visit more of Canada too. Other than B.C. I've only been to Ontario, N.B., N.S. and P.E.I. for very short visits. Nothing in between. And we even have relatives in Quebec.

 
At March 31, 2006 1:03 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

i love that drive!!!!! soon - two more months and i am home!!

 
At March 31, 2006 1:09 PM, Blogger christina said...

Andrea - Cool! I bet you can't wait. I heard they were also wanting to build a road around the back way for the Olympics but I don't know if the plans went through.

 
At March 31, 2006 3:14 PM, Blogger Haddock said...

That looks very scenic. I wish I was there right now. Blue sky and the ocean......ahh! :)

 
At March 31, 2006 7:27 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Haddock - sorry to disappoint you but it's more rain that sun. However, when it's blue, it's always that beautiful. So if you went today, you'd be stuck in the rain!

I think P and I need to take a drive that way on a nice day since we are so close...

 
At March 31, 2006 7:27 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

by the way - I crack up thinking how can it be anything but the ocean...

 
At March 31, 2006 8:24 PM, Blogger woman wandering said...

I thought it was New Zealand ... we've got Marlborough, Milford, and Doubtful Sounds. All stunning :)

 
At March 31, 2006 8:24 PM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Arggh! I meant all stunning too ... :)

 
At March 31, 2006 9:52 PM, Blogger traveller one said...

It's gorgeous- I've never been out west but we're always planning it!

 
At April 01, 2006 12:15 AM, Blogger Dixie said...

It's just gorgeous, isn't it? I've never seen a place like that myself but maybe someday I will.

 
At April 01, 2006 7:02 AM, Blogger Karen said...

It's beautiful, Christina - breathtaking. I can understand you being homesick for such a gorgeous place.

 
At April 01, 2006 9:08 AM, Blogger wendy said...

When The Ex and I went to visit friends in vancouver we took the ferry up to a little island called (I think) Galiano....I think it's part of that same scenery in your pics. I know we were in awe of the beauty and it was one of my most memorable weeks of that holiday.

I so wanted to move to Vancouver - I fell in love with it.

 
At April 01, 2006 10:41 AM, Blogger Claire said...

I was looking at some of my photos from my travels. Berchtesgaden (I think I spelled that wrong) is equally beautiful like this. It is near Salzburg. I will try scanning the picture and post it. So anyone needing something beautiful like this and doesn't want to fly home should visit there. It is only an 8 hour train ride from North Germany.

 
At April 01, 2006 1:19 PM, Blogger christina said...

haddock - It's a wonderful place to be and that summer it hardly rained at all. :-)

Expat - Definitely take a drive. If you take the Upper Levels from Lonsdale you can be in the area in about 15 minutes and drive as far up as you like. Brittania Beach is a really nice place to stop.

wandering woman - The B.C. coastal topography is amazingly similar to New Zealand's. I'm sure you could find places that look almost identical.

traveller one - I'll give you my parents' address. They love visitors. :-)

dixie- It's never too late! I'll have more pictures after the summer to convince you that you MUST go sometime. Vancouve is also totally wheelchair accessible, BTW.

Karen - Well, where we live now there's not much real nature except for fields and small man-made ponds so I do miss the scenery and the fresh air.

Wendy - Galiano is one of the Gulf Islands and is a bit farther south than those pictures. The scenery is equally beautiful, though. My parents had a summer cottage on Galiano at one time so we went there often.

Claire Oh yes, there are lost of gorgeous places in Austria and Switzerland with comparable views, but I just miss being able to look out a window and have it all in front of me. I'd love to see your pictures!

 
At April 01, 2006 2:22 PM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

What a beautiful place! They say a picture is worth a thousand words....

Thanks for sharing.
Cyn

 
At April 01, 2006 11:06 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

That ain't no lake! It's a space station!

Very pretty pictures. Bet the real thing is awesomerer. I love the name "Squamish".

 
At April 02, 2006 12:18 AM, Blogger christina said...

Cynthia - It's even better if you're really there.

Lisa - The name Squamish comes from the First Nations Squohomish tribe. For some reason my brothers have always called it "Squeamish".

 
At April 02, 2006 1:14 AM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Wait a minute...Germany borders the Pacific Ocean?

They SO lied to us in third grade geography!

 
At April 02, 2006 5:12 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

It's wonderful how you made this view panoramic, Christina. I can see why your soul is longing for home.

 
At April 03, 2006 10:08 AM, Blogger Sparky said...

Awesome - you have to take us there some day :).

 
At April 05, 2006 3:43 AM, Blogger Tim Rice said...

That's beauty beyond description. I would love to do some hiking and photography in that area.

 

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