The forecast called for a hot mostly sunny day to celebrate Canada’s national holiday on the 1st of July. It’s another invitation to continue exploring my birthplace here in Vancouver, British Columbia. Spanning a period of 16-plus hours including sunrise and sunset, I’ve collected 20 photographs among 100 kilometres (60 miles) of travel throughout the region. This year’s marathon follows last year’s debut effort.
Years have come and gone, and Canada is a different country on a better course than was set out in 1867. And yet, the ghosts of prejudice still haunt us, right up until today.
Duncan McCue (@duncanmccue) May 24, 2014
(Duncan McCue is a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.)
It’d been a long time since I’d been “home” in Vancouver during northern summer, and I thought it would be a great idea to rediscover my hometown from sunrise to sunset on the 1st of July, or Canada Day when the country celebrates its nationhood.
With 16 hours of daylight, I set out to select one photo made for every hour of daylight. I gathered 18 photographs, including images at sunrise and sunset.
All of the peaks on Vancouver’s North Shore have a frosting of snow on their respective peaks. Most residents refer to the North Shore mountains which go up to about 5000 feet as the “local hills”.
However, my knees are wobbly, and my ankles are crap. I don’t ski nor do I snowboard. What that means is I cast envious glances at those who do. But instead of envy, why not capture them in action?
It’s really beautiful at the summit of Grouse Mountain.
From downtown Vancouver, it’s 15 to 20 minutes drive to the base of Grouse Mountain. Alternatively, there is public transport: with the 247 bus directly from downtown Vancouver; across Burrard Inlet on the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, followed by the 236 bus; or with the 232 bus from the eastern side of North Vancouver. There’s an aerial tramway or Skyride service between the mountain’s base and the top.