Our first round of lighthouses was in the state of Washington, but after crossing the Canadian border, we continued our lighthouse quest by visiting three sites in the Vancouver vicinity.
Vancouver’s Stanley Park is home to two lighthouses. The first, Brockton Point is located on Burrard Inlet just two miles into the paved bike path that follows the perimeter of the park.
Stanley Park’s second lighthouse is another two and a half miles down the bicycle path at Prospect Point.
The third lighthouse we visited was a short drive from Stanley Park in West Vancouver. Here we found Point Atkinson Lighthouse in Lighthouse Park nestled among acres of first-growth Douglas firs. The Beacon Trail was an easy hike to a bluff overlooking the lighthouse and coastline. And after a few pictures, a hike through the park on one the the trails was a perfect way to end the day.
With over four dozen lighthouses in British Columbia, we barely scratched the surface, but these three combined with those in Washington, makes six. We’re well on our way to visiting 15 lighthouses before the end of the year.
July 1st, with passports in hand, we crossed the border to enter British Columbia and start adventure number eight on our 15 in 15 list.
We quickly realized that some special event was occurring in Vancouver as large crowds swarmed the harbor and vendors lined the street in a carnival type atmosphere. What we assumed was hoopla surrounding the Women’s World Cup taking place in the city and throughout Canada was actually the celebration of Canada Day with a parade and fireworks scheduled for later in the day. What a welcome!
On our second day, we rented bikes and pedaled the perimeter road through Stanley Park checking out the totem poles, lighthouses and enjoying a wild place in the middle of the city. After lunch at the Fish House, we were off to Lighthouse Park overlooking Vancouver for a hike in the woods.
On the morning of day three, we started at Granville Island feasting on fruits and baked goods at the farmer’s market and checking out the shops. Buying was not an option since our luggage was already stuffed beyond capacity.
Our last stop before leaving Vancouver was at Goorin Brothers, a haberdashery, to select hats, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts from Emily and Brian. I know, no room in the luggage…we wore the hats on the plane.
The final stop in British Columbia, a hike in Golden Ear.
Then back to the U.S. in time to celebrate the 4th of July and looking forward to more 15 in 15 fun.