In 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the Burrard Inlet of Vancouver, today the shores of the city, and wrote of the area’s “innumerable pleasing landscapes.” After spending a few days in Vancouver, we can see why it is renowned for its incomparable natural beauty and cultural diversity. It is also recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities with a rich history and one of the smallest carbon footprints of any major city in North America.
We also set out on ferry to Vancouver Island, hoping to climb to the top of Mount Albert Edward, the sixth highest peak on Vancouver Island, located in Strathcona Provincial Park. Unfortunately, we only made it to the base of the mountain, camping at Circlet Lake. There was still quite a bit of snow on the trail during out hike in, which we weren’t expecting since it was June.
The length of Vancouver island is filled with at least eighteen mountain ranges, composed of sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Most of the mountains are characterized by steep reliefs and sharp peaks in the high alpine and generally lower relief and smoother summits at lower elevation. We really enjoyed snapping images where you can see the different layers of mountain ranges. What’s also amazing to think was that the entire island was a rainforest, which explained why it was so lush on the island. It was amazing to see such magnificent snow-capped mountains in the far distance from the city of Vancouver.