Erynn and I took a weekend city break to Vancouver in December 2016. We had never been to that part of the world, and it had been awhile since we'd been fly fishing so decided to check it out. Basically, we spent a nice day walking around the city center then headed out to the Cheakamus River just outside of Squamish, British Columbian with a fly fishing guide. It was a nice trip, and we definitely want to go back and spend more time. Maybe next time we'll catch some fish!
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We started the morning walking from our hotel down to the waterfront and Canada Place. Next to Canada Place was the Olympic cauldron left over from the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Erynn is a sucker for churches so we walked up toward the Vancouver Lookout to visit the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The Cathedral Square (right photo) wasn't as impressive as other cathedral squares we've visited though. Cathedral snobs, I guess.
The Vancouver Art Gallery (left) and Fairmont Hotel (right).
Granville Street and Vancouver's main entertainment district. Erynn was also able to score some sweet mittens.
We then took a nice little hike over the Granville Bridge to Granville Island for lunch. The bridge is quite high and affords some nice views of the city's skyline and False Creek.
We had a nice lunch and some craft brew at Granville Island Brewing
It was a weekend so the Granville Island Public Market was swamped with locals and tourists. The area was full of small shops selling produce, food and trinkets/souvenirs. Next to the market was an operating concrete plant with truck painted like a bunch of asparagus!
On the tip of Granville Island is a ferry stop. We took a ferry back to the city center and also took this nice panoramic photo of the skyline and False Creek.
We love Nando's and had it for dinner. Memories of Bristol...
We connected with Tom at Chromer Sport Fishing to guide us for a day of fly fishing in British Columbia. He picked us up at our hotel in the morning and we drove about an hour north to the Cheakamus River near Squamish. Early in our journey he said the conditions weren't great for fishing. It recently snowed and the temp/pressure were not ideal for fish to bite. However, as you can/will see the scenery was well worth the trip.
Our skills were a bit rusty so we took turns letting Tom show us the ropes. Did I mention is was beautiful?
Yes, Doug was there too.
It's hard to see in the photo, but there were about 10 bald eagles roosting and flying over head.
Team photo break. This was our last stop for the day. Up until this point I think we may have gotten one bite. And no fish...
We had been on a number of guided fly fishing trips and never had we been skunked for fish. Just to make sure it wasn't us, we asked Tom to give it a serious go. He spent about 10 minutes doing his best and didn't even get a bite either.
Tom was a seriously excellent guide. If you make it up to British Columbia please secure his services. Sometimes the fish just don't bite!
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