Category Archives: Video Dim Sum

slices of life whilst out n’ about – lots of street musicians, festivals, parade, transportation methods and vehicles, wandering, commuting, skating, riding – not a story so much a hint

Remembrance Day: Bagpipers & Vets Parade in North Vancouver

Pipers and veterans parading from the Cenotaph in Victoria Park in North Vancouver on Nov. 11, 2011.

BC Lions vs Saskatchewan Roughriders – Conversion into the Empire End Zone

Mayhem ensues when a successful conversion enters the Empire Stadium end zone in Vancouver during a CFL game between the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Chinese New Year’s Day at my Credit Union: Drums, Gongs, Dragons

During Chinese New Year’s, my credit union branch (in Chinatown) was entertained by this wandering troupe of noisemakers celebrating the year of some critter.

Seabus Voyage: 11 minute crossing of Burrard Inlet on a rainy Vancouver day

The Seabus is a passenger ferry running between downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver across the Burrard Inlet. The crossing generally takes about 11-12 minutes. This video is a simple single shot of the crossing with ambient sound and no alterations.

The Seabus (there are 3: The Otter, and The Beaver, were launched in 1977 and the Pacific Breeze was launched in late 2009 just before the Winter Olympics) are operated by Translink, the transit authority for the greater Vancouver BC area. Many folks ride this daily as part of their commute to work in downtown or even closer, in Gastown or Railtown.

Further Reading on the launch of the Breeze:
http://www.miss604.com/2009/12/new-seabus-pacific-breeze-now-in-operation.html

The dock on the south side is adjacent of the wharves of Canada Place and accessible via Waterfront Station or the Heliport door on the low road. The north dock is in a complex with Lonsdale Quay market — a great tiny alternative to the busy (especially in the summer) Granville Island Market.

Both docks closely connected with other transit modes: at Waterfront, all Skytrain lines and Westcoast Express train; and, busses to all points on the North Shore at Lonsdale Quay (including busses to Grouse Mountain, Deep Cove and Horsehoe Bay).

Tip: Exit via the Heliport door and walk to unknown CRAB park just a few 100 metres away to the east – further east, a bridge connects you to the north end of Main St.

Tip: Ride the Seabus to North Vancouver and catch the 228 bus and ride to Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge. It’s free, unlike Capilano, and it’s not a tourist trap

Stumbling through a Logging Tunnel at Shingle Bolt Pool

in Seymour Conservation Area

Skytrain Trip: From Main St. to Waterfront — back seat of Mk 1 car

Sitting in the rear seat in a MkI type Skytrain car in Vancouver, BC, I documented the journey. The change in light via tunnels and so on, created interesting reflections and a curious virtual ALRT trip. The tunnels sometimes remind me of Battlestar Galactica (the old TV show) set.

NYE ferry to Pender Island

Panning the Georgia Strait as we head out on a BC ferry en route to Pender Island on New Year’s Eve.

Beer sampling with KK at Skagit River brew pub in Mt. Vernon

Beer Sampler at Skajit River Brewery, Mt. Vernon, WA


Enjoying some sample beers with Kris and Francis at Skajir River Brew Pub in Mt. Vernon, Washington en route to Gnomedex. We riff about various styles of beers (barleywine, stouts, porters, IPAs etc) and try to be pleasant.

Mars Martian Flying Boat Flies o’er Burrard Inlet Vancouver

The Mars Martian is the largest flying boat (or something along those lines). Usually stationed on Vancouver Island, the Martian can skim the water, filling her belly with water, then gain altitude to reach the fire zone and help to douse forest fires.

In this video clip, she doesn’t do the fire drill, but gives a nice slow, low pass over Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet while my pal Richard and I observe from the top floor of Gastown building while the Seabus goes about its business passing the heliport and the West Coast Express waits patiently in Gastown railyards.

Geek further as desired: http://www.martinmars.com/aircraft.htm

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