Canada Day is a day for feeling proud of where I live. And I do, but celebrating in hordes of people has never been a priority for me. I’d rather have a small family BBQ and if I don’t see the fireworks…no biggie!
This year was different though. Jaime called and asked if we’d like to go out on the boat to watch the fireworks. The thought of being a part of the celebration but not having to cope with thousands of people and queuing for a ride home on the bus was a huge draw. But I’m not sure if Bill (who walks with a cane) can manage to get on and off the boat without ending up in the drink.
Jaime, ever the optimist, figures we’ll manage it somehow. I’m making the sandwiches (most of which are veggie – as some of us don’t indulge in animal protein), she’s bringing the hoummous and we’re going to have our own version of a Canada Day dinner.
Beau recently bought a 27 ft sailboat and has rediscovered a love of the sea. This is the first time that Bill and I will have been out on it and I’m pretty excited. We figure out the best way to get Bill onboard and before we know it, we’re casting off. As there’s still almost four hours till the fireworks we cruise around False Creek – past the busy Granville Market, a guy on his SUP and a couple of dragon boat teams – and then set off around Stanley Park to get to Coal Harbour, where the fireworks are happening.
There’s lots to see in False Creek.
As we head out of False Creek we run into more traffic.
Heading under the Lion’s Gate Bridge into Coal Harbour.
Some things I learned on this Canada Day adventure:
It’s difficult to take a decent photo on a 27 ft cork bobbing on the sea, particularly without a tripod!
It’s difficult to take a decent photo of fireworks when you’re right underneath them. It tends to look like pieces of coloured confetti floating in the air.
I live in the most incredible city and am so grateful for everything I have. When I look at everything that is going on in other countries I’m thankful every day that I live where I live!