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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Footloose in Vancouver
West End and Stanley Park
Robson Street .
Gastown, Heart of Vancouver
Granville Island .
Kitsilano Beach Community
Commercial Drive .
Lonsdale Quay
North Shore
Waterfront .
Sea Island

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Vintage Streetcars

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Footloose at Lonsdale Quay Public Market
by Jerry W. Bird

Vancouver's North Shore waterfront presents a carnival atmosphere as a fleet of stubby black and orange tugboats bob up and down like bumper cars, while squadrons of sassy sea gulls dip and dive. Nearby Burrard Dry-dock adds an industrial touch. Folks bask on the boardwalk deck and harbor side tables; others perch near the fountain. A troop of street musicians performs a continuous show. It's a fun scene. Last week when my son Ken and his fiancé Fay joined us for breakfast the Caribbean Days celebration was in full bloom, which added to the excitement. But, as I've discovered over many years, there's never really a dull moment at this highly attractive people place. C

reativity blossoms in tempting food displays, arts and crafts, costumes, sights, smells and colors. Lonsdale Quay Public Market provides a spectacular view of Vancouver's skyline, as the tricolor SeaBus approaches. Recently removed from the area is one of its attractions, the old North Vancouver Ferry #5 , that was given a new life as a "The Seven Seas, " seafood restaurant.

Now its just part of my memories along with the Houlden Transfer office that stood where the entrance to the Public Market is today. That's where I started off many a Saturday, helping my uncles and grandfather pick up and deliver goods from warehouses in downtown Vancouver, mainly Gastown and Yaletown. Both are trendy rejuvinated commercial and residential centres today. We would like to hear from anyone who knew Stan and Percy Houlden.

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Lonsdale Quay is midway between Vancouver's two harbor bridges; Lions Gate to the west; Second Narrows to the east. Every 10 minutes, a SeaBus takes you across the inlet to Waterfront Station, where our elevated "Pocket Tour" of Greater Vancouver begins with a ten minute ride to Waterfront Stastion where yoiu transfer to the SkyTrain elevated railway or a city transit bus..

With the old North Van ferry removed, there's now a clear view of the Burrard Dry Dock's antiquated tin buildings, gateway to a greatly enhanced Waterfront project slated for the North Shore of Burrard Inlet. We will comment on that developemnt in great detail soon. To the west of Lonsdale Quay is the North Shore Marina, where myself and fellow Sea Cadets from RCSC Lonsdale congregated for weekend rowing and sailing exercises. I would like to hear from anyone who was part of the RCSC Lonsdale, or who went to North Van High School (there's a book in progress).

Lonsdale Quay and Public Market is midway between Vancouver's two harbor bridges; Lions Gate to the west; Second Narrows to the east. Every 10 minutes, a SeaBus takes you across the inlet to Waterfront Station, where our elevated "Pocket Tour" of Greater Vancouver begins.

What about a return to Historic Street Cars as a year-round tourist attraction and revenue generator? See our new series Streetcars & Street Scenes. It makes street sense. Footloose in Vancouver's West End.

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