As you approach the Bay and foreshore park you'll see a group of bronze laughing men at the corner. These are part of the public art displays you'll see around the city. I stop and check them out. Always worth a chuckle or two.
I never fail to discover new things when I'm walking. Today, in spite of having been by here hundreds of times, I actually stopped to read the plaques around the Sun Dial and found that it is a dedication to 3 the greenhorns who staked the first land claim in this spot in 1862 at a time when this was all forested area.
I headed down the sea wall walking west past the venerable Sylvia Hotel, a heritage building built in 1912, one of Vancouver's famous landmarks.
Ships in English Bay
The day was cloudy and cool. Out on the bay there was the usual fleet of tankers at anchorage. It took just half an hour to walk from English Bay to my favorite summer-time spot, Second Beach. This is where I spend many leisurely hours in the summer, especially in the swimming pool. It's also a good place to lounge or play on the sandy beach. In the park nearby there are children's play areas and picnic tables under the trees.
There's a concession stand at Second Beach so I stopped for a coffee before heading back along the trail toward Lost Lagoon. This time, I didn't walk along the Lagoon, but took the upper trail along the Rhododendron Garden. There were actually a few in blossom.
Early Rhodies in Bloom
It wasn't until I started out of the Park that I began to see more signs of Spring. And when I got to Barclay Street, there were the cherry blossoms I was looking for!
Perhaps by next week there's be more signs of Spring. So why not come along with me on one of my Sunday walks?