Dominion Building, East Vancouver
May 13, 2011 - We boarded Celebrity Millennium shortly after 1:00pm on Friday after spending an hour in the cattle chutes leading up to security and immigration. As this was the first Alaska sailing of the season, we'll cut the port authority and the cruise line some slack but it was a long haul to get on the ship (some passengers waited three hours to board later in the afternoon), but it was not up to the usual efficiency we have come to expect from this port.
Most cruise ships sail from Canada Place in downtown Vancouver and this is where we boarded Millennium. The real advantage of this mooring is the view of the heritage buildings in east Vancouver. This is the Dominion Building, a 13-storey "sky scraper" built in 1910 in the "Second Empire" architectural style. More modern, and far taller, sky scrappers can been seen in the background while shorter buildings contemporary to the Dominion Building are visible in the foreground. A number of Hollywood movies and TV shows have been filmed in and around this Vancouver landmark.
May 12, 2011 - out first ever spring cruise to Alaska began with a day in Vancouver to explore the downtown core. We decided to stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel as this is where Celebrity Millennium was sailing from. From our hotel room on the 23rd floor we had a great view of the heritage buildings and rail yard in Vancouver's east end. This is the transportation hub of downtown with commuter trains, the Sea Bus, Light Rail Transit, float plane and helicopter terminals all within a few blocks of the hotel.
Jan's photo of fishing boats tied up alongside in Dipper Harbour, New Brunswick - a working fishing community outside of Saint John, NB.
Old Quebec City
Jan and I wandered around Old Quebec City during our visit in October. Within a few blocks of the tourist area we were surprised to be on quiet residential streets where only locals walked. The streets were quiet, old and very beautiful.
It took Jan a little while to get this image without fellow tourists in it. There were a number of happy admirers around the church when we arrived. Jan had the patience to wait for folks to exit the scene or enter the church so that the curves of the road and fence draw your eye into the photo without the interruption of scattered tourists.
This was in a wonderful outdoor museum very close to Sydney, Nova Scotia and well worth the short trip out from town to visit.
Jan's image of Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. It was very windy the day we were there and while the clouds looked like they could produce rain at any time, it was surprisingly sunny most of the day. Classic wooden lobster traps were strategically displayed on the wharf just north of Peggys Point Road. The water seen here is the cove itself.
Montmorency Falls, located east of old Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. At 275 ft tall, these falls are higher than Niagara Falls. I am trying something new here by providing not only a photograph but also some video footage shot with my Canon 5D Mk II.
These fellows were pulling their fishing net ashore after having it in a nearby fishing weir. They were very friendly and were happy to explain what they were doing and how successful they had been at fishing during the past week. This was a chance to use my newly acquired Vivitar Series 1 13mm f/2.8 manual focus lens. I am pretty happy with this lens - it has, as you would expect, a huge depth of field so the lack of auto focus is not a big deal.
Dusk in the Quartier Petit Champlain shopping district in lower Quebec City.