Sunday, August 26, 2007

Temptation 5 ---- Aquabus

As well as previously posting photos of the Aquabus, I have talked about it before. It is a unique and convenient way to get about in False Creek, which includes Granville Island. I took this photo while travelling on one, as this one passed nearby.

Below is a map of the area of False Creek, which is crossed by three bridges within a very short distance of each other. The map shows the route of the Aquabuses and the relationship between False Creek and the main harbour, the Burrard Inlet. At the end of False Creek you can see Science World, which is an Aquabus stop.

The Thursday Walking group often walks along the south side of False Creek, from the Planetarium parking lot, which is on the left side, outside the range of the map, to the third bridge you see here, a walk of five miles return, with a stop for lunch at the Granville Island market on the return journey.

Wouldn't you like to take a ride on one of these colourful little ferries? I'll be happy to accompany you.

Tomorrow I leave for Philadelphia for three days. I will take my computer but I am not sure about posting anything. If the internet connection is free I will take advantage. If ridiculously expensive I will be forced to suffer withdrawal symptoms, since I'm half Scottish you know. Thursday for sure.


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'd love a ride on one of those! I didn't know you were half-Scottish, jmb.

Lee said...

Enjoy Philadelphia, jmb! :)

It's great that cities utilize their waterways. Brisbane now really does and there are many ferries and other various riverboats traveling up and down the river to give pleasure to all.

Voyager said...

jmb, do you remember those old weeble wobble toys? ("Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down.")The Aquabus looks just like one.

leslie said...

I've ridden on those little "buses" and Josie took her little munchkins on a ride this summer. They're great! One of these Thursdays, I just may meet you for the walk. But I'm not sure I could do 5 miles...


RUTH said...

I'd love to take a tour for real but as that will probably never happen I'm enjoying the virtual tour with you :o)

Sir James Robison said...

Tell me, JMB, is the Burrard Bridge still there? There was a nice marina near there and a little brewery in one of the pillars [although that might have been another bridge].

Carver said...

That looks like a fun ride. I've also enjoyed your posts about the Thursday walking group. I was a lurker when you last mentioned the Thursday walking group and I wanted to tell you what a great idea that is. I have a few friends I walk with occasionally, separately. Your group made me think about trying to get the individuals together for a no pressure leisurely type walk from time to talk. I hope you have a good time in Philadelphia. Take care, Carver

Gledwood said...

do you know it was only VERY recently that some bright spark twigged that the fastest way of getting up and down London might not be by bus train or helecopter but actually ... surprise surprise BY THE RIVER... so we have (probably x10 as expensive) versions of your launch as well...

they all seem to be tailored to city gents and secretaries working in high rise office blocks tho... I don't think those of us NOT working in the financial district could even AFFORD to go on those...

Janice Thomson said...

I've been on that too Jmb - what fun!
Have a good time away.

Ian Lidster said...

Aren't those little vessels fun? They ply the Inner Harbor and up the Gorge in Victoria and I think they're delightful.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

It's a very rainbow coloured boat.

I saw a planetarium years ago, I think it was in the Science Museum in London.
It amazed me then, not sure how old I was.

leslie said...

Sir James: yes, the Burrard Bridge is still there as well as the brewery, but I'm not sure if it's still a working brewery. From the bridge you can look down (if you're not driving, that is) and see all the little aquabuses moving along as well as Granville Island and Beaches Restaurant with its patio umbrellas shading the diners.

Josie said...

JMB, I love those little ferries. When the munchkins come to stay with me, we go on them all the time, to Science World, the Maritime Museum, Granville Island. It's tons of fun.

lady macleod said...

I'm going to look really funny walking about Canada with my laptop open to read your blog on where to go next and how! I'm full Scot, so no map if I already have directions!

How far am I from the boats? I definitely want to do that!

Oh Philadelphia! Fun city. Q graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Do go see their Liberty Bell and the Library is brilliant. There is a Rodin museum as well. Have fun.

Charles said...

At random !!!
See you soon.

Sienna said...

Enjoy King Tut, I love history shows and exhibitions...hope your foot is recovering okay so your not in too much pain..

Spring has kapowed here in Oz, 90f and higher here, so beautiful.

Love your daughter's photo that is an absolute ripper, says so much. A classic.

I have been fortunate to sail the Murray, Seine, Thames and Rhine...each of them breathtaking, must do Brisbane and Sydney..The Nile and Amazon would be something else.

jmb said...

Hi WCLC, my father was born in Wishaw, Scotland, so a half Scot.

Hi Lee,
I didn't know that about Brisbane, but I've never been yet.

Hi Voyager, the Aquabuses are rather top-heavy, but none turned over yet that I know of.

Hi Leslie, they are fun little things, aren't they?

Hi Ruth, I'm glad you are enjoying the photos.

Hi James, yes the Burrard Bridge is still there. My friend has a sailboat in the marina there and there is a little brewery on Granville Island, under the Granville Street bridge, second bridge along.

Hi Carver, I think it is a good idea to get a group going. We have a membership of about 20 but usually get no more than 9 or 10 out, sometimes only 4 or 5. It makes the time go faster to walk and talk together.

Hi Gleds, it's funny that they have just rediscovered the Thames as a passenger waterway. But of course it costs a packet.

Hi Janice, it's a fun ride, isn't it?

Hi Ian, I love to take a ride because they are such fun. I'll have to try the Victoria ones too.

Hi Crushed, it is a very bright boat so we can all see it coming and going. I enjoy a planetarium too, although sometimes it's a bit sick making for me.

Hi Josie, I am sure that the munchkins enjoy the ferry rides even more that the adults do and also the places they go are fabulous.

Hi Lady Mac, I think you need a better guide than my blog which is just a teaser. I loved Philadelphia and we did go to see the Liberty Bell and the Rodin museum but not the Library which we replaced with the Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute.

Hi Charles, if you say so. Thanks for visiting.

Hi Sienna
My foot has recovered well so no problems now. Ice and ibuprofen.
Glad that Spring has arrived and I hope rain to make everything green.

Thank you to you all for visiting while I was away and for commenting.
Regards to you all