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|Saturday, 7th June||Canada from the air|
|Sunday, 8th June||False Creek and English Bay
VanDusen Botanical Garden (gardens, wildlife, art, totem poles, visitor centre)
|Monday, 9th June||Ships
Capilano Suspension Bridge
|Tuesday, 10th June||Vancouver waterfront
Vancouver Aquarium (jellyfish, mammals, amphibians, others)
Lions Gate Bridge
|Wednesday, 11th June||Ships|
|Thursday, 12th June||Ships and seaplanes|
|Friday, 13th June||Ships
|Saturday, 14th June||Ships
|Sunday, 15th June||Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, Vancouver, BC
Around False Creek, Vancouver, BC
|Sunday, 29th June||Trains at Derby|
Totem poles carved by Gitksan master carvers. The pole on the left was carved by Earl and Brian Muldoe and tells the origin story of mosquitoes. They come from the ashes of the funeral pyre of chief Baboudina of the blood-sucking mosquito people, who was killed by a young woman to save her husband and baby. The pole on the right was carved by Arthur Sterritt and tells why the Gispudwada have a black bear on their crest. A man was transformed into a bear but a Gispudwada healer helped him return to human form; the bears would still help the man if he needed it.
Or just look for yourself on Google Streetview (bald eagle not included).
A rather badly timed visit: three days later, they opened a huge extension.
“Lost” in the sense that it was a tidal lagoon until the harbour was built and the lagoon's entrance blocked off. Now, it's a permanent lake.
OK, maybe this first one's a bit tenuous but the lack of inverted commas around “Rosie the Riveter” in the photo caption makes it look like Rosie was a specific person, who worked in the Vancouver shipyards. She wasn't either of those things.
“The biggest non-nuclear man-made explosion in history.” Not even the largest in Canada, given the accidental explosion of the ammunition ship Mont-Blanc which flattened half of Halifax in 1917.
“Once the tallest building in the British Empire.” The Marine Bilding was never even the tallest building in Canada, since the Fairmount Royal York Hotel in Toronto was a few feet taller and finished a year earlier. And Salisbury Cathedral is more than 650 years older and 80ft taller, though it's common to exclude church spires from lists of tallest buildings.