Wandering by car alongside the Howe Sound

When I’m planning a travel, I usually spend a lot of time looking for the most beautiful places to see, the best sightseeing viewpoints and activities to do, if there are some interesting museums to visit, and delicious places where to eat and to have a drink.
I think that this is one of the best part of a travel: to decide what to do in the most amazing way possible.
So, for our third day in Vancouver our plan was to rent a car and to discover the Howe Sound region, then to take the Sea to Sky Gondola to reach the top of the mountains, and to have a hike with the amazing panoramic view of this fjord from the summit.
Nice plan, isn’t’t it?
Unfortunately, you can’t always do whatever you’ve perfectly planned, even if you are on vacation, specially if you are in British Columbia, where the weather is completely unpredictable.
So, when we arrived at the gondola ground station we found out that the summit was completely covered by clouds, so there wasn’t no chance to experience the view of the coastal mountains and ocean from the top, no way!
So, what could we do at that point?
We totally improvised!

Despite of the unlucky weather, we enjoyed a lot driving on the Sea to Sky Highway.

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Then, we visited the Britannia Mine Museum, located on a former copper mine, with the best mine guide ever!
She told us everything about the history and the science of mining and the terrible working condition of the miners through the last century.

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I adore these old and rusty machines and abandoned industrial buildings.

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We had the chance to visit the mine tunnels and the impressive Mill 3 building which is why Britannia Beach mines are a National Historic Site of Canada.
Its cathedral-like industrial interiors were amazing.

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After the Britannia Mine Museum we stopped to enjoy the view and collect some blackberries – our unexpected but light lunch – close to a native totem.

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Fall is coming earlier in Canada than in Italy, and the color of the leaves are more red and brilliant that the ones I’m used to photographing.

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Luca performed something between the “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” and “To the Infinity and Beyond”.

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When we came back to Vancouver we had the chance to stop by Stanley Park and have a walk on Lion’s Gate Bridge – which is very high and quite scaring – to take some pictures of the breathtaking view.

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The weather seemed to be nice in Vancouver, and we saw many people spending relaxing time at English Bay beach. So ironic!!!

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Finally, we enjoyed a pleasant evening on a fancy cocktail bar and very Canadian dinner – with a lot of greasy meat, but I’ll tell you more in coming post.
And we caught the perfect light!
Right before dinner we were walking along Gastown and suddenly I saw a ray of sunset light on an alley, just behind the corner.
The sun was setting down so it was the perfect condition for some back light shoots and self-portraits.
This was the perfect and unexpected ending of a perfect and unexpected day!

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