Tulips in front of the old train station, New Westminster

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A walk in Nanaimo (part 2)

Continued from part 1.

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Maffeo Sutton Park

Looking back at Newcastle Channel from Maffeo Sutton Park

Passage (Labspace Studio, 2016)

Pedestrian ferry to Newcastle Island

Former Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney, aka “Black Frank”

Footbridge over Swy-A-Lana Lagoon

Nanaimo Harbour

Harbour Air floatplane in Nanaimo Harbour

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A walk in Nanaimo (part 1)

Last Wednesday it was a beautiful spring day so I decided to go on a day trip to Nanaimo. From the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal in Nanaimo the sailing takes one hour and forty minutes and travels 30 nautical miles across the Strait of Georgia.

From the Departure Bay Terminal you can take a city bus or cab into town or walk, as I decided to do, along the scenic Harbourfront Walkway. I walked from the ferry terminal along Highway 1 (Stewart Avenue) as far as Cypress Street, where I connected with the Harbourfront Walkway in front of the Waterfront Suites and Marina. I then followed the walkway alongside Newcastle Channel to Nanaimo Harbour, a distance of just over three kilometres. Here are some sights I saw along the way. (I am not an expert in the geography of Nanaimo, so any corrections are welcome!)

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Boats in Newcastle Channel

Canadian Coast Guard vessel under maintenance

Nanaimo Yacht Club

Colourful beach chairs overlooking Newcastle Channel

Getting closer to downtown along the Harbourfront Walkway

View of Newcastle and Protection Islands from Harbourfront Walkway

Maffeo Sutton Park

See part 2 for more photos from my walk.

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Wreck Beach, February 13, 2017

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Spanish Banks on a late afternoon in November

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Pier Park, New Westminster after the rain (part 2)

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Pier Park, New Westminster after the rain (part 1)

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Pier Park, New Westminster after the rain (part 1)

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Pier Park, New Westminster after the rain (part 2)

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Downtown New Westminster from the riverfront

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New Brighton Park, Vancouver, August 2016

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Reifel Bird Sanctuary, August 2016

In August we visited the Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta, BC. The sanctuary is a beautiful, peaceful spot nearly 300 hectares in size, with walking trails passing through wetlands and marshes. There’s an observation tower you can climb for incredible views, and you can purchase birdseed from the office to feed the feathered inhabitants. If you’re patient and lucky, a bird might eat from your hand!

Paths are level and wheelchair accessible. For more information about the bird sanctuary, visit their website.

Note: The overhead shot of the heron was taken by my ten-year-old son. Click on images to see a larger version.

 

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