This is the steam clock in Gastown. The steam whistles sound at each 15 minute interval, with longer "tunes" on the hour and half hour.
This was the view from my hotel window. I was on the 4th floor of the Westin Bayshore Resort. All those buildings facing me are condos.
Downtown as seen from Stanley Park. The "sails" on the left are located at Canada Place, which was built for the 1986 Expo. The building with the round top that sort of looks like the Space Needle is Harbour Center and the 360 observatory is really cool and you take an exterior elevator up to the top. The city is expanding & putting up new skyscrapers all over town. There's even a crane in this photo. Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, so I guess they are sprucing up the city.
Aquabus is the little pedestrian ferry that you take over to Granville Island. All the tour books highly discourage driving to Granville, and once I was over there, I could see why. I'm glad I took Aquabus!!
View of North Vancouver as seen from the observation deck at Harbour Centre. That's Grouse Mountain across the water from downtown.
Coal Harbour and Grouse Mtn in the background. The Westin was right on the Harbour. There's a seawall/prominade all along the water, so I walked that as much as possible when I was coming and going to the maintown area.
The Lions Gate Bridge connects downtown with North Vancouver, and is located in the northwest corner of Stanley Park. The bridge is named after twin peak rock formations called The Lions. Photos of The Lions will be in the next post.