Vancouver at night

With the 2010 Olympics set to start this week, I thought this image would be appropriate. This 6-second night exposure looks north across False Creek into downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is called ‘The city of glass’, and this image illustrates it quite well. Many of the Olympic ceremonies will be held around False Creek, and the ‘Olympic Village’ which will provide accommodation to athletes overlooks this little inlet as well. The lights you see above the city are from Grouse Mountain – assuming there is adequate snow, Olympic ski events will be held there.

Vancouver is a beautiful city located between the Pacific ocean and the Rocky Mountains – though it can be wet (with occasional snow) during the winter months. There is a decent public transportation system which is heavily used by residents. The downtown area is vibrant with lots of hotels, restaurants, and countless shopping opportunities. Areas such as Gastown (Vancouver’s oldest development), Robson Street, and a thriving Chinatown are all within walking distance – a good thing since parking is at a premium. If you get the chance, take a short water taxi ride  across False Creek and visit Granville Island – not an island really, but it is home to the best market outside of Seattle’s Pike Place.

At the tip of the downtown area is world-famous Stanley Park. It’s a large preservation of old-growth rain forest, and is networked with hiking and biking trails – very popular with residents and tourists alike. All in all, if you travel to Vancouver there is lots to see and do – and don’t forget to take your camera!

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