Terry Fox Plaza

Terry Fox Plaza is a memorial and public space outside BC Place Stadium.

IMG_2142

The Terry Fox Memorial was unveiled on September 16th 2011, replacing a previous memorial arch.

Terry Fox is undoubtedly a Canadian icon. In 1980 Fox attempted to run across Canada on an artificial leg to raise money for cancer research. He had lost his right leg to cancer at age 18. Unfortunately he had to stop five months into his run as his cancer had returned.

Sadly Fox passed away on June 28th 1981, aged 22. $24 million was raised for cancer research during Fox’s Marathon of Hope.

The memorial features four bronze statues of Fox by artist Douglas Coupland, also author of  a pictorial biography on Fox. The first statue is life-size and the following statues each increase in size. The last statue is twice the size of the first. The statues face Stanley Park where Fox planned to finish the run.

IMG_2139

IMG_2141

IMG_2133

IMG_2138

Vancouver Aquabus

The Aquabus is a ferry service that provides commuter and sightseeing services along False Creek in Vancouver.

IMG_2125

False Creek is a small inlet that separates downtown Vancouver from the rest of the city. The rainbow coloured ferries stop at eight docks along False Creek:

  1. Hornby Street
  2. Granville Island
  3. David Lam Park
  4. Stamps Landing
  5. Spyglass Place
  6. Yaletown
  7. Plaza of Nations
  8. The Village

Aquabus Map

Aquabus, which started in 1986, is one of two ferry companies offering services along False Creek. The other is False Creek Ferries.

Regular fares are priced between $3.50 and $5.50. A day pass is $15 for adults and $13 for children and seniors. There are also passes for regular commuters.

They also offer a 25 minute mini sightseeing cruise, which costs $8 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.

The service runs roughly from 7am to 10:30pm (8:30pm in winter).

IMG_2120

20604177_10156513194530329_687291999733092675_n

IMG_2128

IMG_2127

Gastown steam clock

The Gastown steam clock is a steam-powered clock located on the corner of Cambie and Water Streets in Vancouver’s Victorian Gastown district.

IMG_2084

The 16-foot-tall, 2 ton clock has four faces displaying the time. Each quarter hour the clock chimes the sounds of the Westminster Quarters. On the hour the large whistle will sound and steam will puff from its top.

Although it looks like a remnant of the Victorian era it was actually designed by Canadian clockmaker Raymond Saunders in 1977. The clock was funded by local business and property owners to attract visitors to the area during a refurbishment and rejuvenation of the historic Gastown district.

It is believed to be the second steam clock built in the world. The first was built by John Inshaw in 1859 to attract patrons to his Birmingham tavern.

The clock is not entirely steam powered. It has three electric motors, which operate two internal fans, and the clock itself works on gravity system. The clock runs by steel ball weights descending.

After checking out the clock it is worth checking out the historic buildings, shops and eateries in Gastown.

IMG_2078

IMG_2083

IMG_2085