on Howe Sound
A couple of days ago, on Monday, we went out to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, where there is a ferry terminal servicing the islands and the Sunshine Coast. One of our favourite seafood restaurants, where we had lunch (in honour of my birthday), overlooks the marina and the ferries going back and forth. The top photo is taken from my seat inside, showing the large Nanaimo ferry. The smaller ferry in the next image travels back and forth to nearby Bowen Island.
Looking back from the marina to the village, and up the mountainside to admire the fog lingering on the treetops.
Though it was cloudy but not raining, we made a spur of the moment decision to take a drive up Howe Sound as far as Porteau Cove. This was our first time on the new Sea-to-Sky highway that goes up to Whistler, all rebuilt for the Winter Olympics of 2010. Quite an engineering feat on these steep mountainsides overlooking the Sound and on up through the Coast Mountain range.
Silly me, I had forgotten to recharge my camera batteries beforehand so I was unable to take any more photos after H.B. Husband took a couple with his phone camera - above is the better one taken looking south from Porteau Cove. I wish you could have seen the numerous cormorants, seagulls and blue herons sitting in rows on the concrete walls by the pier.
I was struck by how very fresh the air was here, so unlike in the past when it was often foul from paper mills. Apparently the water is also much improved and a variety of sea life is returning. This is sacred territory to the Squamish First Nations, and so rich in their stories which we read about with great interest at an expansive storyboard next to a viewpoint over the Sound. We must get to Whistler one day to visit the stunning new Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.
It was a heartwarming, magical and beautiful afternoon. We are so blessed to live in this gorgeous part of the world, and we hope it stays this way for future generations, not destroyed by the powerful oil interests currently fighting for increased access to our coast.