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Vancouver, BC, Canada - 1st October 2009

By: AbbyB

Today I went to downtown Vancouver.  As soon as the rain stopped, I went sightseeing.

This is the war memorial at Victory Square.


This is the infamous Gastown Steam Clock, the first of its kind in the world.  As you can see, it it very popular with tourists.


This is a statue of Gassy Jack, the founder of Gastown, which is the oldest part of Vancouver.  He owned a saloon that burned down in the Great Fire of 1886.


This is Waterfront Station, an old CPR train station.  Now it is a transfer station for many different types of public transportation: trains, buses, the Skytrain and the SeaBus.


This is Canada Place.  One of the most well-known waterfront features of Vancouver.  At the front is a hotel, at the back is an IMAX theatre (which closed down today), and in the middle, inder the sails, are large rooms used for conventions.  The sails are lit up at night with multi-coloured lights.


This is the new Vancouver Convention Centre, which will be the media centre during the Olympics.  It is huge and practices green roof technology, the largest green roof in Canada.


The green area you can see behind me is Stanley Park, the largest park in Vancouver.


This is the Marine Building.  It is the best example of art deco architecture on the West Coast of North America.  The interior was used in the Fantastic Four movies.  It was built right at the beginning of the Depression, and because the contractors went bankrupt, the interiors were not completed as they were originally meant to be until recently.


Lastly, this is the Vancouver Art Gallery, the largest in Western Canada.  The building itself used to be the provincial courthouse.  The gallery is a popular spot for protests and large gatherings and demonstrations.  On the right-hand side of the photo you can see the clock that is counting down to the 2010 Olympics.


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