A new and amazing experience yesterday. A friend and I flew from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to Coal Harbour in Vancouver on Harbour Air. I have moderate flying anxiety and never thought I would be able to travel to Vancouver this way, but it was so easy and such a beautiful flight. We arrived in Vancouver before 9 am, so took our time wandering up to Robson Street. After a browse at the new Nordstrom Department Store (including a delicious visit to Sugarfina), we headed to Roche Bobois on West Hastings. It was fabric and furniture heaven going through all the possibilities. Then a nice walk through Gastown, filled with tourists and locals eating in cafes and enjoying the summer-like autumn day. We finished the day at one of my favourite Vancouver places, Mink Chocolate Cafe, for refreshment before boarding the float plane back to Victoria. A very late lunch at Victoria’s Red Fish Blue Fish completed a perfect day. Big thanks to J for bringing me along; a day I’ll not soon forget!

Victoria BC: Inner Harbour, downtown and Beacon Hill Park.

Victoria BC: Inner Harbour, downtown and Beacon Hill Park.

Victoria Airport in Sidney.

Victoria Airport in Sidney.

BC Ferries vessel sailing into Swartz Bay.

BC Ferries vessel sailing into Swartz Bay.

Gulf Islands.

Gulf Islands.

Morning mists over Richmond.

Morning mists over Delta.

Beautiful English Bay and False Creek with the Granville Street and Burrard Street bridges, Vanier Park on the top left, and the West End on the top right. A perfect view of Vancouver.

Beautiful English Bay and False Creek with the Granville Street and Burrard Street bridges, Vanier Park at the top left, and the West End at the top right. A perfect view of Vancouver.

Beautiful Coal Harbour at the Harbour Air terminal.

Beautiful Coal Harbour at the Harbour Air terminal.

Early morning view of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Early morning view of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

An interesting curtain of lights at Nordstrom.

An interesting curtain of lights at Nordstrom.

Heading east along Alexander Street with views of the working harbour.

Heading east along Alexander Street with views of the working harbour.

Delicious hot chocolate and treats at Mink.

Delicious hot chocolate and treats at Mink.

Looking up the Burrard Inlet towards where we had been earlier.

Looking back up the Burrard Inlet toward where we had been earlier.

Last view of the Coal Harbour walkway as we head to our plane back to Victoria.

Last view of the Coal Harbour walkway as we head to our plane back to Victoria.

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