By babykarret on December 4, 2005 - 3:54pm
#12. The Seawall
Two years ago, on New Year's Day, Vancouver was, as it is at this very moment, covered in snow. A friend and I randomly decided to see what a snowy Seawall was like. We met up on Pender, took the #19 to the bus loop at Stanley park, and started to trudge. I marvelled at the bike tracks in the slush, felt my toes go numb in my highly inadequate sneakers. We talked our usual rounds of ephemera, made it to English Bay an hour or so later. My down jacket has smelled of snow since.
In the summer when I feel much less nervous about being on my own bike, the seaside route is my preferred way into downtown, northbound from Ontario and swinging around Science World. I notice that I've only ever done the Seawall in chunks--just rollerblading the Stanley Park bits, or walking by Coal Harbour after the company Christmas party, or going from Yaletown over to the beach and the West End. I've never quite done the entire Seawall all in one go. Maybe that would just be too much Vancouver all at once.