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THE OFFICIAL SEAWALL

DEVONIAN HARBOUR PARK TO BROCKTON POINT

Officially the Seawall, nearly, circumnavigates Stanley Park. From English Bay and Coal Harbour it goes North around Prospect Point.

(Seawall in Stanley Park.)
LOOKING ACROSS THE WATERS OF COAL HARBOUR. THE START, APPROXIMATELY, OF THE `OFFICIAL', OR `ORIGINAL`, SEAWALL.

OTHER SECTIONS OF THE SEAWALL


(FROM NORTH EAST TO SOUTH WEST)

CRAB PARK to
CANADA PLACE
CANADA PLACE to
DEVONIAN HARBOUR PARK
BROCKTON POINT to
LIONS GATE BRIDGE
LIONS GATE BRIDGE
to SECOND BEACH
SECOND BEACH
to BURRARD STREET
BURRARD STREET
to CAMBIE STREET
CAMBIE STREET
to CAMBIE STREET
CAMBIE STREET
to GRANVILLE ISLAND
GRANVILLE ISLAND
to KITSILANO

DESTINATIONS ALONG THIS SECTION OF THE SEAWALL


(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
9 o'clock Gun Brockton Point Brockton Point Pavilion Burrard inlet Canada Place
Coal Harbour Cricket Pitches Deadman's Island Devonian Harbour Park H. M. C. S. Discovery
Hallelujah Point Harbour Ferries Marina Harry Jerome statue Inner Harbour Port of Vancouver Royal Engineers' Survey Point
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club S. F. U. Totem Poles U. B. C. Vancouver Aquarium Vancouver Rowing Club

THE OFFICIAL SEAWALL

Stanley Park

The Seawall, when it was originally built started on the edge of Stanley park, approximately in line with Chilco street.

Though many believe that Stanley Park extends to Denman Street, that section of park, between Denman and Chilco, is actually the, four hectare, Devonian Harbour Park. Not Devonian Harbour, so don't be looking for a harbour named Devonian, but Devonian, harbour. It gets its name from the fact that it is situated on the harbour, Coal Harbour, and was built by the Devonian Institute of Alberta.

Seawall mile `0'.)

THE WALKWAY TURNS FROM BRICK TO PAVEMENT. ABOVE THE DIVISION, AT THE BASE OF THE RAILING, A PLAQUE PROCLAIMS `MILE `0'.
DEVONIAN HARBOUR PARK (On your right).

People walking the seawall.)

AFTER A WEEK OF RAIN, A SUNNY SUNDAY, IN LATE FEBRUARY, `03, DRAWS CROWDS, DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER. 6 - 8 C. IN THE SHADE, 12 - 14 IN THE SUN.

Seawall mile `0'.)

COAL HARBOUR.
VANCOUVER ROWING CLUB (L.)
CANADA PLACE (CENTER)
HARBOUR FERRIES MARINA (R).

People walking the seawall.)

SEAWALL, AS SEEN FROM THE VANCOUVER ROWING.
THE TIDE IS ON THE WAY OUT.
SOME MUD AND ROCK IS BEGINNING TO SHOW.
WHEN THE TIDE IS FULLY OUT MUCH OF THIS AREA WILL BE MUD.

The tide, in the Inner Harbour can vary as much as twelve feet, between an extreme high and an extreme low.

(Seawall mile `0'.)

APPROXIMATELY, MILE `0.25'. A STREAM, FLOWING FROM `THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM HAS BEEN CREATED AS A NATURAL SPAWNING GROUND FOR SALMON.

(People walking the seawall.)

ALTHOUGH, NEARLY A MILE OF WATER SEPARATES THE TWO, THE `ROYAL VANCOUVER YACHT CLUB, SEEMS TO BE NESTLED AMONGST THE SKYSCRAPERS OF DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER.

(Seawall mile `0'.)

STANLEY PARK (L.) SEAWALL (CENTER) ROYAL VANCOUVER YACHT CLUB (R)

Separating Stanley Park from Coal Harbour, the Seawall itself is separated. The one side, slightly higher than the other, is for bicycles and the lower side, that closest to the water, is for; joggers, pedestrians, and strollers. The pedestrian side is `two way' traffic whereas the bicycle side is one way traffic, moving counter clock wise, around the park.

(Panoramic shot)

ENTRANCE, AND BRIDGE, TO DEAD MAN'S ISLAND.

The story of how the island got its name: mega years ago, a tribe of natives captured the women and children of another tribe. A trade was made. The first tribe traded the women and children of the second tribe for the warriors of the second tribe. The first tribe then took the warriors of the second tribe to the island and killed them.

Today the island is the home of the H.M.C.S (Her Majesty's Canadian Ship) Discovery, a military training base.

(Stone stairs go down to the water from the seawall.)

STAIRS PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE TIDAL FLATS.

(Sign, HMCS Discovery.)

SIGN NEAR ENTRANCE GATE.

(HMCS plaque.)

PLAQUE BESIDE ENTRANCE GATE.

(Entrance gate.)

ENTRANCE GATE.

(Several Canadian geese swimming in line.)

APPROPRIATELY, SEVERAL CANADIAN GEESE
DID A LINE-AHEAD SAIL-BY AS I WAS PHOTOGRAPHING
THE NAVAL STATION.

(HMCS Discovery, building on island.)

(Large lawn area, with club house on top of rise.)

BROCKTON PAVILION, AND CRICKET PITCHES.

(Totem poles.)

TOTEM POLES

Locals dubbed the point, `Hallelujah Point', because the Salvation Army singers could be heard, clearly across the water, when they would shout `hallelujah'. In honor of the Army’s 60 years of service, in B.C., the point was officially named on Oct. 3, 1948.

(A young girl dressed in traditional Chinese garments.) (A point of land, lawn, trees, and people.)

HALLELUJAH POINT

(Hallelujah Point sign.) (Plaque beside sign.)

PLAQUE BENEATH SIGN.

(Statue of Harry Jerome.)

HARRY JEROME
THE WORLD'S FASTEST MAN.
HE USED TO PRACTICE HIS RUNNING ON THIS SEAWALL.

(Plaque under statue.)

(Level projection on slopping lawn.)

THIS CONCRETE PAD WAS USED BY THE ROYAL ENGINEERS TO SURVEY THE HARBOUR AND SURROUNDING AREAS.

(Plaque on level area.)

THIS PLAQUE IS ON THE CONCRETE PAD AND CAN'T BE SEEN FROM THE SEAWALL.

Each year, the engineering class at UBC, (University of British Columbia) likes to play a practical joke. One year they took the 9 o`clock gun from its emplacement and hid it, demanding a ransom from the city. Upon its return, the city built a cage around it.

(Seawall, large cage on point.)

GUN IN A CAGE. TO THE RIGHT, BURNABY MT.
ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN,
SFU. (SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY)

(Old cannon in a cage.)
(Plaque in front of cage.) WHEN THE TIDE CHANGES DIRECTION
IT CREATES SUCH A CURRENT
THAT SAILING VESSELS COULD NOT MOVE AGAINST IT.
EACH NIGHT THE GUN WAS FIRED
AT 9 PM SO THAT SHIPS' CAPTAINS
COULD SET THEIR CHRONOMETERS.
TODAY, THE GUN IS FIRED AUTOMATICALLY,
EACH NIGHT.

(Old stairs to water.) NOTE THE MORTAR THAT HAS BEEN WASHED AWAY
BY THE POUNDING OF THE WAVES.
NOTE THE CONTINUATION OF THE GUARD RAIL,
INDICATING THAT THE STAIRS ARE NOT SAFE TO BE USED.
NOTE THE PARALLEL LINES ON THE ENDS OF THE BLOCKS
(DRILL HOLES FROM HAND DRILLS)
AND THE UNEVEN SURFACE OF THE BLOCKS.
THESE BLOCKS, LIKE MOST OF THE SEAWALL,
WERE CARVED BY HAND.

(A concreter view point at Brockton Point.)

PORT OF VANCOUVER LOOK-OUT

(A plaque telling about the lookout.)
(Plaques on the wall of the lookout.) (Close-up of a plaque on wall.)
(Seawall narrows to one lane.) (Plaque on the wall, telling about an old graveyard.)

(Lighthouse above the seawall.)

THE SEAWALL NARROWS AT THIS POINT AND CYCLISTS MUST DISMOUNT AND SHARE THE SEAWALL WITH PEDESTRIANS.

ORIGINALLY THE LIGHTHOUSE WAS MANNED AND THE OPERATOR WOULD THROW A STICK OF DYNAMITE OUT THE WINDOW AT 9 PM.
EVENTUALLY THE DYNAMITE WAS REPLACED WITH A CANNON.
IN TIME, THE OPERATOR WAS ALSO REPLACED, WITH AUTOMATION.

From the Brockton Point Light house one can view all of the North Shore. The water, from the 1st. Narrows, spanned by the Lion's Gate Bridge, Burrard Inlet, often referred to as `The Inner Harbour', or `Port of Vancouver', extends East to the 2nd. Narrows, spanned by the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, often called the Second Narrow's Bridge.

(Panoramic view of the North Shore.)

(L-R) STANLEY PARK, LION'S GATE BRIDGE, CYPRESS MOUNTAIN; CITY OF WEST VANCOUVER, GROUSE MOUNTAIN, CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER.

All the water you see, plus another seven miles East to Port Moody and North up Indian Arm, must move through the first narrows when the tide is changing. This create much turbulence in the water and very rapid currents.

(Panoramic view of the North Shore.)

(L-R) GROUSE MOUNTAIN. ON THE SHORE, PILES OF SULPHUR AND WOOD CHIPS WAITING FOR EXPORT VIA OCEAN FREIGHTER. WHEN I DROVE TOUR BUS I WOULD TELL MY PASSENGERS THAT THE PILES OF SULPHUR (NORMALLY YELLOW IN COLOUR) WERE INSTANT EGG MIX BEING SHIPPED TO THE FAST FOOD TAKE OUTS IN THE US.; SEYMOUR MOUNTAIN, CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER.

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