Canada Day is winding down. I saw simultaneously watched fireworks at Vancouver's Coal Harbour, and West Vancouver's Ambleside Park. Okay… it's tough to do while driving South across Lion's Gate Bridge, and alternating looking left to Coal Harbour, and right to Ambleside.
There were a few people standing on the bridge on either side watching the fireworks. Lucky people. Not so lucky were the crowds of people walking North on Denman St. towards Coal Harbour. I guess they had been sitting at English Bay waiting for fireworks there, before realizing that fireworks were over at Coal Harbour. Same for the hordes of people I saw walking away from Vanier Park and Kitsilano Beach, as I drove West on Cornwall Ave.
Still, it was a nice close to a busy Canada Day that had started in Kitsilano with Canada Day Eve. My friends Leanne, Judy and myself had watched the twilight settle over English Bay. Canada Day morning, Judy was off to Canada Place to help staff a display booth for the Chinese Canadian Military Museum with Lt. Col. Howe Lee.
I attended the 3rd annual Head Tax Protest Walk organized by the Head Tax Families Society, as well as the traditional Canada Day celebrations at Chinese Cultural Centre courtyard, organized by the Chinese Benevolent Association. I had previously planned to also visit Canada Place and the North Vancouver Canada Day celebrations at Waterfront Park, but had to pass because I had to attend a wedding reception for my friends Gloria and Mark in the afternoon.
Leanne, was able to visit Canada Place, and made it back to Chinese Cultural Centre to see the Lion Dance in the courtyard join us all for lunch at New Town bakery, after the Head Tax Protest march through Chinatown….