Tag Archives: Vancouver

UBC’s Institute of Asian Research

UBC is not a practical university like Simon Fraser University. Most buildings on the Burnaby’s SFU campus are clustered together undercover so with Vancouver’s never ending winter rain, students don’t need an umbrella on their way to their next class. UBC however, is like a city within itself where buildings are scattered over a wider area — not practical, but far more attractive. Continue reading UBC’s Institute of Asian Research

Vancouver’s best rose garden

It had been a long time since I’d ventured to Vancouver’s UBC endowment lands, but because there was a break in the rain, and a sunny day promised mid-week, I headed to the place of my first employment when I arrived in Canada two decades ago. Continue reading Vancouver’s best rose garden

Dancing water fountain

Behind Bloedel Observatory was a fountain where the sound of water was refreshing on the warm day I visited. I moved around the site to view Henry Moore’s Knife Edge from all sides. Continue reading Dancing water fountain

An observatory on high

I entered the steamy atmosphere of Bloedel Observatory located on Queen Elizabeth Park’s highest point. Packed with tropical plants and birds fluttering within the geodesic dome, I inched at a snail’s pace along the path because there was so much to see at every step. Continue reading An observatory on high

Queen Elizabeth Park’s hiking trails

This was one of Vancouver’s best city locations for a hike. Not only were there plenty of trails away from traffic, but many were up hill. Continue reading Queen Elizabeth Park’s hiking trails

Queen Elizabeth Park’s quarry gardens

Named after the Queen Mother, this Vancouver park was established back in the 1930s after the mountain had been quarried for rocks for road building. To cover the eye sore left from quarrying, sunken gardens were established. Continue reading Queen Elizabeth Park’s quarry gardens

Amongst the flowers

Because it hadn’t visited Vancouver’s most well known park in close to two decades, I decided to catch the skytrain and return, even though I knew Queen Elizabeth Park was on the tourist radar with as many as six million annual visitors. Continue reading Amongst the flowers