Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sapperton to New Westminster

The small park of Sapperton Landing can be accessed at the foot of Cumberland St.. At the end of the trail you hit private property and uneven ground, so I don't recommend walking further along the Fraser, but we did anyway, and continued all the way to New Westminster. Pictured above: Ankers house, Jim's Garage Collectibles, old-school auto shop, squatter in the park, 1930s Coal House on the wharf where prisoners and goods were unloaded to the 1877 BC Penitentiary (demolished and replaced by condos after 1980), views along the Fraser, Front St., Columbia St., Lorne Mews off Clarkson, 1912 Arundel Mansion.

We were planning on trying out the restaurant in the still standing 1931 prison gatehouse (directly across the street from the Coal House), but it recently closed. The 1878 Goal Block and Boot Hill cemetery also remain, surrounded by condos.

Fun fact: Sapperton was the location of the barracks and other housing for the Royal Engineers, Columbia Detachment, who were known as "sappers", hence the name. A sap is a trench (French "sappe" derived from the archaic word for spade).

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Southlands

I've lived in Vancouver for 20 years, and only recently learned that there is a neighbourhood called Southlands (south of Dunbar along the Fraser River). It's a strange mix—home territory of the Musqueam, and a wealthy area of huge affluent homes and horse farms. I rode my bike there through Shaughnessy and Kerrisdale, and checked out KJM Country Gardens which was strangely empty for a Sunday afternoon. A variety of plants, pots etc., plus rabbits, chickens, and goats (I've seen more goats in the past month than I can count for some reason).

Next time I'll check out Southland Heritage Farm and Southland Nursery which I passed by.

I then headed to Deering Island, which is basically one cul-de-sac suburban street plus small park on a piece of land on the Fraser. Give it a miss and turn right onto the bridal path where I encountered horseback riders, cyclists, and walkers. The trail goes along the Fraser for a while, then turns right along the golf course with woods on one side. Cyclists helped themselves to blackberries which were thankfully blocking out the golfers. I crossed small bridges over creeks (one was labeled the last wild salmon stream in Vancouver), then I hit the reservation area and it got a bit too gravelly for my street bike. Nice shady ride though if you have a mountain bike.

Turn left rather than right onto the bridal path at Deering Island and the trail continues, but I didn't go that way.

Southlands!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Poppytalk

I've been a fan of Vancouver blog Poppytalk since it began in 2005. And now they have the cutest little shop on Broadway! It was nice to finally meet Jan, whom I've only know virtually. She's a wonderful supporter of local artists, and all-round cool gal.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New Socks

This is what happens when you loan an exceptional neighbour plain black socks, they lose them, and then offer you a replacement.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Westham Island

Reifel Bird Sanctuary Beautiful place for a walk.  Westham Island Herb Farm Buy some herbs and vegetables, or just pet a goat. Emma Lea Farms (not pictured) We stopped for ice-cream with fresh berries.