Winter in Vancouver

When the most of middle east part of North American Continent is stumbling in the rampage of the most severe snow storm in this winter, the lower land of coast BC still enjoys wild but wet winter, last week I had a chance to visit Vancouver on my third time, and surely sobbed in warm spring like weather for a while after experienced chilling winter below minus 60 degree in arctic. Having known the influence of topography on the top of latitude to weather condition, but until you experience such a jump from minus 60 to plus 10, you would never really understand how big the influence is. Because of Rocky Mountains, the coast BC and Prairie of Canada just like two distinctive worlds in most deadly winter. But nothing is perfect, the mild weather does not make Vancouver an idea place for those want to escape from snowy winter for drier and sunnier destinations, as the great Vancouver, and nearby Victoria gets the most of annual precipitation in winter months, of which December and January are the wettest months in whole year. here are some shots from this trip to remember my short warmer break.

Canada Place The landmark of downtown Vancouver-Canada Place.

High rises at water front High rise horizon at ocean side.

False Creek False Creek at Granville Island in city core.

Stanley Park Totem poles The well know attraction in Stanley Park-Totem poles, A cultural emblem of  BC aboriginal people.

Olimpic Torch Comparing to gray sky in most of rainy day time, i more like glorious night scene, this is the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Torch, was fenced during the Olympic games, which made visitors who would like to make pictures very upset.

Night view of waterfrontBrilliant night view  over waterfront.

Doolin's Irish PubDoolin’s Irish Pub-a place in which eastern Canadian like  drinking  and yelling while banging tables.

BC Parliament Building in VictoriaBC Parliament Building in Victoria, a 1.5 hrs ferry ride from Vancouver.

A trail in Japanese Garden in the Butchart Gardens A trail in Japanese Garden in the Butchart Gardens. there is no any sign of winter.

Sunken Garden  in the Butchart Gardens Sunken Garden in the Butchart Gardens, originated from re-vegetation of an abandoned quarry pit.

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61 Responses to Winter in Vancouver

  1. Yan says:

    难道我是沙发吗??本想来给你拜年的,没想到赶到看大片了,看得好过瘾啊!我一直想去温哥华,自从看了别了,温哥华之后很想去那看看,吃吃海鲜~~你的夜景都拍的很棒呢,用的是也是Nikon吗?
    祝你们全家兔年吉祥!事事顺利!财源滚滚!

    • arcticwl says:

      你当然是沙发了,呵呵。谢谢你的新祝福YAN, 我看过你在夏天拍的 VANCOUVER,漂亮极了,冬天里阴湿灰暗,真是行不逢时。我用的是CANON,夜景还凑合,白天总觉得平淡。
      要过春节了,也祝你们全家兔年万事如意,新年多去好地方,多上好片子。

  2. Y says:

    兄弟,过年好!!!兔年吉祥啊!如果我拜过了的话,那我就再拜一次:)
    祝你们全家都幸福安康!俩宝贝们都幸福长大,每天都开心着!祝你们万事如意,财源滚滚!

    真美啊!!
    怪不得我家男人总是很喜欢去VAN呢。那个Japanese Garden看起来都不像真的,像一幅画一样,跟冬天完全是扯不上关系的!

    我本来还打算每周2次去再补习下英文,那以后我也不用去了,就到你这里来看你的博客好了,提升我的英文:)

    兄弟,能否授权个昵称呢?难道叫你arctic?或者叫南极兄?:) 有个昵称,叫起来方便也亲切一点。

    • arcticwl says:

      Y,呵呵,就是拜过了也开心啊,谁不想在新年里有更多的好事喜事。
      下次你HUB去VAN的时候,如果是夏天你可一定得一起去,冬天就让他一个人去得了。冬天虽美,但难得赶上好天气。我去的时候,只赶上了两天没下雨,去JANPANESE GARDEN的那天,整下了一天。

      以前在SPACE上,朋友都叫我北极狼(不是北极熊:))。以后叫我北极狼得了,我都听习惯了,哈哈哈。

      • Y says:

        北极狼兄,
        哈哈,这个名字好:) 我们是一家人,我家有俩小狼(俩闺女)。
        是啊,我想去的地方好多啊,加拿大我还从来没去过呢。很向往。但是我又不喜欢一个人去。我LG老想让我跟我女朋友一起去纽约玩,弄个什么俩女人的假日。我说:给我10K欧,我就去。哈哈。我其实对NYC没有特大的向往,去了无非就是购物,不购物我去干吗:) 哈哈。我家男人吓坏了,说:“那你还是在家呆着吧。”

        通过你的镜头来多看一些我没有看过的地方,真的挺好的。我们大家五湖四海的,把世界都走遍了。尤其是跟着你的脚步,还能进入南极,真的是有福气啊!

      • arcticwl says:

        Y,一下子冒出了三只狼,一只老加两只小的,呵呵。其实孩子小的时候,带她们旅游大人小孩都累,等大一些了,一家子旅游才能玩好。
        我离NYC不远,但还没去过,你要是在夏天去的话,还可以顺便看看附近的几个大城市。下次要5K EU,你LG就不心疼了:(但不能含机票)但说实话,美国的物价跟德国比很便宜,加拿大人一过节就到那边购物去。
        你在巴伐利亚多好,那是我梦想都想去看看的方,尤其幕尼黑和新天鵝堡。我说的我所在的1600人的小城镇是在北极圈里的工作的地方,80%是爱基斯摩人,除了拍照及打猎,没有多少可看的。我以前做过几个幻灯片,你有空了去看看:http://cid-22192f62eebe2555.office.live.com/browse.aspx/%E5%8C%97%E6%9E%81%E7%94%9F%E6%B4%BB%E7%B3%BB%E5%88%97%E5%B9%BB%E7%81%AF%E7%89%87%20Arctic%20Adventure%20Series%20Powerpoints。

      • 明明如月 says:

        有幻灯片阿?我也要看,好像没有连接?!

  3. Y says:

    真是大城市啊!好久没有亲眼见过这么壮观的大城市了。——— 一个生活在德国的一个只有800人小村庄的中国女人的感慨。

    • arcticwl says:

      你的地方是小,但跟一个大花园一样,很美。我现在的地方,有1600人,但却是荒蛮之地。

      • Y says:

        我们村夏天还成,就是典型的上巴伐利亚区的小乡村。不过这里是出了名的殷实的地区。
        我们附近的湖很多,很美,距离我家大概是15-18KM,还有我们靠山也近,确实是很美的地。
        但是我们的生活也都相对无聊,很多人会受不了的。

        你是说你现在在多伦多住的地只有1600人吗?那也应该拍个你们村的照,给我们看一看:)

  4. John says:

    Thank you for the great supper! Also, opportunity to see the beautiful photographs! Happy New Year!

  5. I can’t imagine living in your -60 C. I enjoyed your photos and the Japanese gardens in Winter is something to behold.
    I guess there are Aboriginal tribes in places I never knew. I just always thought of Australian Aboriginal tribes.

    • arcticwl says:

      yeah granny, there are lots aboriginal tribes across Canada, i am not sure whether you watched the 2010 winter Olympic games in Vancouver, the aboriginal show at the opening ceremony just amazing! -60C is the price i have to pay for my adventurous life here.

  6. 明明如月 says:

    这几张都好漂亮啊,。恭喜新年拉

  7. vivi says:

    哇噢……
    全英文的捏 o(╯□╰)o
    我还是看图好了 哈哈。
    很漂亮的景致 ^_^
    喜欢那些个图腾
    顺便拜个年啦 兔年快乐 合家幸福….

  8. chicasl10 says:

    The japanese garden and the Irish pub are all my thing.
    the temperature difference is enorm wow
    i might have been sweating there no??
    lol
    tx for visiting Wolfy its been a while i visited ur blog..sorry

    Enjoy
    MJ

    • arcticwl says:

      you might sweat, but i didn’t as i had to take of my parka. don’t say sorry MJ, everyone is busy around holiday season, wish you had a relaxed and warm weekend.
      wolf.

  9. Y says:

    刚才打了一堆全没了:(
    我哭我哭我哭。。。

    我想说你的连接我看不了:( 说是无效。

  10. tiexinbaobei says:

    最近忙东忙西刚刚看到你的更新。
    先给你们全家拜年啦!祝你们全家兔年吉祥!

    看到这些片子,感觉实在很亲切!我们常去VANCOUVER,不过都是夏天!有两次是驾车12小时开到那里,沿途风景也很美。没有赶上下雨,太阳大大的,但是不晒人!觉得很舒服!Victoria很美,只是我们跟团,很仓促!

    几次去都没有拿到像你这样的大片。这次可以在你这饱眼福拉!虽然是雨季,片子都很成功。非常喜欢Brilliant night夜景那张!

    收到你的留言很开心,谢谢啦!最近忙东忙西也没顾上更新!稍后把照片真理好久发上来哈!

    • arcticwl says:

      Vancouver呆的时间不短,但天气不佳,Victoria也是随团,只能是走马观花了。你们开车12小时,那可真是长途奔袭,不过在夏天那也是一种享受。
      看到你更新了,像大片,看着很过瘾,文笔也美。

      • tiexinbaobei says:

        才过来回复,真是不好意思。有了BABY以后整天都忙个不停。
        我们住在MONTREAL,离你那里很近呢!有空要过来玩啊!夏天的时候还是很美。不过冬天整个东部也都应该差不多吧,雪天天下,哈哈。

      • arcticwl says:

        你可比我快多了,刚出差从IQALUIT回来,那儿其实离MOTREAL 挺近。 挺喜欢MOTREAL的,将来还要去的,到时联系你。
        没错,冬天在加拿大都差不多,冬天带小孩更不易的。

  11. Hello Arctic, Thank you for sharing such lovely photo’s. really love the totem pole sand japenese Gardens, Beautiful. no signs of winter there lol spring is just around the corner here in the uk. you always have fantastic photo’s and adventures, thanks for sharing, Hugs Summer.

    • arcticwl says:

      Glad you back WP Summer, you have been away for a while.
      Yes, i understand your favor to the Totem poles as you are so keen on all aboriginal arts and cultures. my spring is still far far away hehe.
      happy weekend!
      hugs.

  12. dengaiwu says:

    兄弟,我拜年晚了,道个歉先。从年三十开始到初八上班我都没上过网,不过再晚也要祝兄弟及全家新年健康快乐、吉祥如意!

    看你的大片和文字介绍怎一个美字了得!和Y一样我来这儿除了欣赏美轮美奂的大片外,还可以顺便学习学习英文。虽然英语也是我的工作语言,但看了你写的东西以后还是要说得多向兄弟您学习才行。

    顺便说一下,我可能过段时间将和老板一起去多伦多与一家加拿大公司洽谈合作事宜,若得空一定去拜会兄弟。

  13. arcticwl says:

    谢谢老邓你的新年祝福,我很高兴你有一个非常休闲的假期。你过奖了,我纯粹是信手胡写的无章无法,呵呵。
    等你时间确定后一定告诉我,希望我们能在多伦多相见。到时一定让你尝尝地道的加拿大冰酒,呵呵。

  14. 明明如月 says:

    你更新的速度太慢了拉…等到年都过了

  15. Kevin Dowie says:

    Nice series of photos. It’s been many years since I visited Vancouver but it left a good impression on me.

    • arcticwl says:

      thanks Kevin, it has been a while since last visit to your site. Vancouver is a good place for whale watching which you definitely interested in, but too bad it was not the right season when i visit it last time.

  16. jennyozzy says:

    breathtalingpics arctic i love them all hope your well xxjen

  17. jennyozzy says:

    sorry lol breath taking is what i meant to say xxjen

  18. penpusherpen says:

    Thanks for dropping by AW, (hope the shortening ain’t too familiar? 😀 ) …
    I love photo’s, no matter how many words are used to describe something, Night Scenes, a view, a mountain range or whatever, it always comes up short of the beauty shown through the Camera’s eye…(via the photographers eye of course, )… Just viewed your lovely scenes and looked out of my window into the garden, and wished I could swap with the Serene Japanese one, (ooooO if only ’twas possible!!) … Now there’s a project that’d keep me out of trouble!! I wonder?… 😉
    and -60c… brrrr, I’m complaining at -2… xPenx

    • arcticwl says:

      Thanks for giving that short initial Pen..i absolutely agree with you, comparing to the visual beauty, language is just incapable of power. fortunately internet enable you to surf scenes around the world just by clicking your mouse.
      -2 is tropical for me,hahaha.

  19. chicasl10 says:

    Hi Wolfy
    where are u now???
    still in that fridge?? i wish it was summer here.
    Now we go down again in temperature…but seems we had the worst so it can only go better now.
    i wish u and ur family wonderful new week to start.
    and be safe
    MJ

    • arcticwl says:

      MJ, I come back to “fridge” form freezers (two other far northern cities in Ca ) last night, Actually whole canada is a huge freezer. i am sure weather in Belgium is gonna warm up pretty quickly while we still have to have enough patience.
      thanks for your good wish, and the same hope you have a fresh but warmer new week.

      Arcticwl

  20. Thank you for allowing me to reminise with your great photos and story revealing the beauty, warmth, and charm of Vancouver and B.C.

  21. arcticwl says:

    welcome Eddie, glad you like those pictures. there is no surprise that Vancouver has been named as the world’s most livable city for the fifth year in a row out of 140 cities around the world, so incredible.

  22. 明明如月 says:

    都已经春天了~~你这‘儿还是winter in Vancouver, 是不是应该设个poll? 要求狼兄跟新的请举手!

  23. arcticwl says:

    惭愧啊明明,没东西可更新的。再过三个月还是冬天呢。这和是几个老的幻灯片你试试看能不能打开:http://cid-22192f62eebe2555.office.live.com/browse.aspx/Arctic%20Adventure%20Series-Powerpoints。

    • 明明如月 says:

      很慢慢,不过可以看到! 好美阿!你生活在极地阿?我都要羡慕死了~~~
      好多鸟都从来没见过的

      那个奇怪的车上是你么? soooo cool~~

      你每天都可以拍好多美丽的照片让我们欣赏阿~

      • arcticwl says:

        哈哈,明明你可别寒碜我了,我羡慕你能开马行空全世界跑。鸟倒是,有些鸟只在北极才有,有些只在南北极之间飞,别的地方不停。
        那个车上的是我呵呵,跟北极熊一样吧,呵呵,那车叫ATV,打猎拍照用的。再近三个月才能出去拍,现在出不了远门。

      • 明明如月 says:

        lol 我们换一下

  24. jennyozzy says:

    looks like you have a great life arctic il never see pics like this in my real life so much of this world all of us will never see sad really have a great time hugs jen xx

  25. Y says:

    兄弟,你又不更新了

  26. jennyozzy says:

    lovely to see you on my space arctic where you off too on your travels do you long for some sunshine and warmth love your pics enjoy life arctic and your travels xxjen

  27. jennyozzy says:

    hi arctic hope you have a lovely week where you off on your travels its british summertime hee now so getting warmer xxjen

  28. Olivia says:

    Reminds me of my last trip to Vancouver…the weather wasn’t so cooperating, gloomy and wey…love the color saturation in these pictures, and the clear sky! :)Minus 60 degrees, imagine what that would be like…

  29. arcticwl says:

    Niuniu, it is not that bad in minus 60. At least you don’t pay power bills for fridge..hahaha.

  30. Doris says:

    Wonderful graphics, I have so enjoyed looking at them hun…. have a great weekend my wonderful friend… love, hugs & hisses

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