Canada – June 2011 – Stanley Cup Riot

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In June 2011, the Vancouver Canucks Ice Hockey team got to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and lost. In response, “fans” rioted, causing an estimated $4.2 million worth of damage. At least 140 people were reported as injured during the incident, one critically; at least four people were stabbed, nine police officers were injured, and 101 people were arrested that night, with 16 further arrests following the event [Source: Wikipedia]. Not the city’s finest moment. The next day, thousands of people came out to help clean up the mess and the boarded up shop windows became home to thousands of messages of anger, disgust, support and love. [Canada – June 2011 – Stanley Cup Riot by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 17th February 2014]

Canada – April 2010 – The Vancouver Canucks

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We’d never seen a hockey game before coming to Vancouver and didn’t really pay much attention until we got given some tickets to a game. We’re still not fanatics but we have jerseys, go to a couple of games a year and try to get to at least one playoff game – when Vancouver get that far (which doesn’t look likely this year). [Canada – April 2010 – The Vancouver Canucks by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 16th February 2014]

Canada – August 2009 – Zombie Walk

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Vancouver’s Zombie Walk takes place in August and has been shambling since 2005. It gets better every year and every year I swear that next year, I’m going to take part. Thinking about it, I’m surprised I haven’t posted more zombie photos here. I’ll have to rectify that. [Canada – August 2009 – Zombie Walk by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 15th February 2014]

Canada – August 2008 – Lost Lake

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Despite threatening to learn every winter, neither of us ski or snowboard so we only visit Whistler in the summer to hike, read and just generally relax. This lake isn’t actually lost, it’s very well signposted, but it’s one of our favourite places to visit. Vancouver has a Lost Lagoon, also not actually lost, also one of our favourite places to visit (and run). [Canada – August 2008 – Lost Lake by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 14th February 2014]  

Canada – September 2007 – Sand Sculptures

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Harrison, home of the Harrison Lake and the Harrison Hot Springs used to hold an annual sand sculpture competition. This is from the first year we went. We’d actually just gone to take a look around and visit the Hot Springs but when we got there we discovered the sand sculpture competition. Dozens of temporary works of art created from sand. Impressive stuff. Unfortunately, the competition doesn’t run any more but you can find a lot more photos here (or just by searching Google for Harrison Sand Sculptures) [Canada – September 2007 – Sand Sculptures by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 13th February 2014]

Canada – June 2006 – Canucks Spirit Bear

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Every couple of years or so the B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities runs a charity sculpture project. This is from the 2006 “Spirit Bear” campaign which saw 200 fibreglass Kermode bears distributed around BC. Each one was painted by local artists and auctioned off once the “exhibition” ended. [Canada – June 2006 – Canucks Spirit Bear by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 12th February 2014]

Canada – February 2005 – English Bay

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This is a photo I took shortly after I arrived in Vancouver looking from the beach, across English Bay to the mountains. [Canada – February 2005 – English Bay by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th February 2014]

Nine Years On

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I sort of forgot because we had a busy day but Saturday marked the ninth anniversary of my arrival in Canada. I can honestly say that moving here was the second best decision I’ve ever made (the first being to struggle past my teenage insecurities to chat to the cute girl my friend had invited out to the pub with us). Vancouver is a great place to live. It’s safe, clean and friendly and doesn’t have the over crowding of cities like London. There’s a decent theatre and music scene, plenty of sports if that’s your thing and if you’re the outdoors type you’ve got the Seawall, Stanley Park and Grouse, Cyprus and Seymour Mountains. Travelling to the US is easy and if you don’t want to bother with cross-border travel there’s always Whistler, the Sunshine Coast or Tofino. Yes, it’s not perfect. The relatively warm climate attracts the homeless, like any city it has its drug problems and it rains quite a lot (it’s raining now). Still, we don’t get the heavy winter snow that the rest of Canada endures and without that rain we wouldn’t have the parks and forests. Will we stay here forever? Who knows. Are there … Read More