Sadly we only have a few days left of our canadian adventure, but we are excited to be in vancouver!
we are staying at @thedouglas_van which is very fitting seeing as it is just a 10 minute walk from where the history of vancouver began, in gastown.
gastown was vancouver's first downtown core and is named for "gassy" jack deighton, a yorkshire seaman, steamboat captain and barkeep who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon. the town soon prospered as the site of hastings mill sawmill, seaport, and quickly became a general centre of trade and commerce on burrard inlet as well as a rough-and-rowdy resort for off-work loggers and fishermen as well as the crews and captains of the many sailing ships which came to gastown or moodyville, on the north side of the inlet (which was a dry town) to load logs and timber.
the canadian pacific railway terminated on piles on the shore parallel to water street in 1886. from this the area became a hive of warehouses. carrall street was particularly swampy owing to it being low ground between false creek and burrard inlet. bridges overcame this obstacle, and the low ground and beach was slowly filled in with refuse. in 1886 the town was incorporated as the city of vancouver. it fell victim to the great vancouver fire that same year, losing all but two of its buildings, but the area was completely rebuilt and continued to thrive.
Who has been to vancouver? we finally arrived today, it’s a city i have been wanting to visit for years! it’s quite different to how i imagined (i was thinking auckland but i’m actually getting more new york vibes?) but i’m in love already! so many incredible places to eat and drink too, alex is very happy as he likes to try local beers and there are a lot of breweries here... you can even spend the day doing a guided brewery tour (i have told him no, we booked a whale watching trip instead 🐳)
we tried the @flyovercanada which is where you sit in a seat and watch a big screen in front of you, you literally feel like you’re flying over canada! we also went up the @vancouverlookout at sunset and watched the city turn from day to night which was stunning (i never knew vancouver was surrounded by so many mountains!). we had a ginormous dinner of nachos and apple pie (who wouldn’t?!) and explored the gastown neighbourhood which is just 10 mins from where we are staying at the @thedouglas_van (i am obsessed with this place already). tomorrow we are off to stanley park, it’s a couple of miles from our hotel so we are taking the trip on one of these cute trollies 😍😍
europeans became acquainted with the area of the future vancouver when josé maría narváez of spain explored the coast of present-day point grey and parts of burrard inlet in 1791—although one author contends that francis drake may have visited the area in 1579.
the explorer and north west company trader simon fraser and his crew became the first-known europeans to set foot on the site of the present-day city. in 1808, they travelled from the east down the fraser river, perhaps as far as point grey.
sing with me, sing for the years
sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
sing with me, just for today.
maybe tomorrow, the good lord will take you away
yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
sing with me, just for today
maybe tomorrow, the good lord will take you away.