Waterfront Station to Lonsdale Quay
Since we made it to the USA border at the beginning of November, this wasn’t part of the linked series of walks … just a year-end walk and post-walk gathering — a variation on the first segment of the Burrard Loop Walk that started this whole exercise (two years ago!).
Seventeen people gathered at Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver and walked along the Coal Harbour seawall, through Stanley Park, over the Lions Gate Bridge and then east on the Spirit Trail in North Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay. We started at 12:30 so that we could end a little later and have an early dinner. As usual the pace was relaxed, with some small groups walking faster and others slower. We seem to have always had an unspoken agreement that the faster walkers would wait periodically and everyone would gather and recombine so that in the end you have been able to talk to everyone.
After crossing over the Lions Gate Bridge, we detoured to Faubourg, a French café/bakery at Park Royal to meet Jean and have a coffee break (an unusual occurrence that greatly confused some members). The group split between those who wanted to sit inside and warm up and the hardy ones who preferred to sit outside. It took a while for everyone to get served but we had some time to spare.
Then we resumed walking and started on the Spirit Trail section.
The rain held off for most of the first half of the walk but we had rain in the second half. We stopped at Martin Marine on Welsh Street and Liz bought a new yellow rain hat (with a steep discount courtesy of the charming sales associates).
As the time approached 4:30, we arrived at the Tap & Barrel (Shipyards location, at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue) where we had a reservation for dinner. A couple of extra people joined us here. A large group was being served at the same time and there was a temporary shortage of wine glasses, but one of our number, survival skills honed by months of these walks, had no problem drinking from the carafe.
In 2015, we had
- Seven people who did every walk
- 20 people for the November walk
- 32 people who walked at least once
Coming in 2016 — Walk the Fraser: Up the Fraser River to Fort Langley.