The West End – Vancouver

All photos taken July 14, 2021.

Our kids live in Vancouver’s West End, which we have gotten to know pretty well since 2010. We did not realize how much we had missed it, unto we walked back through the neighbourhood. It is a mixture of luxuriant greenery and flowers, as well as glass highrises and older character homes. Hope to be back there soon.

West End Vancouver ©

West End Vancouver,

in the heart of a city,

peaceful oasis.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

23 thoughts on “The West End – Vancouver

    1. Hi Marion. You are right, but our province is in the midst of a real pandemic leadership vacuum and the cases are climbing. We will be hunkering down for the winter and keeping our bubble small. Thanks for reading. Hope your week is going well. Allan

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    1. There are still many fine old houses in the West End, a row of them right across from my son’s tower. I’m with you. The old houses need to stay to maintain a sense of place here. Meanwhile, the towers keep rising. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. What a wonderful part of the city, Allan. I am glad you were able to walk through the neighbourhood once more. I have to admit, it was one of my favourite places to return to during our stay – I loved exploring under towering western hemlocks and Douglas firs, walking along the wild Pacific coast and taking in the beautiful English Bay Beach as well as tucking into some of the freshest fare we could find anywhere. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Yes. We have visited with our kids many times here and see why they chose the West End to live in. You are never far from the water, either at English Bay or at Coal Harbour and Stanley Park is an easy walk away. It seems the coyotes have taken over Stanley Park during Covid and the wildlife branch is now trying to get them moved out of there. A lot of restaurants did not survive Covid and there a few gaps these days. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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    1. It is, but the average house price in Vancouver has risen $300,000 over the last 6 months. It is now $1.8 million Canadian $1,419,000 U.S. I will not be moving there any time soon. Hills, trees and seasons are worth it Scott. Thanks for reading. Allan

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      1. WOW! Yeah, that’s a pretty penny – U.S. or Canadian. Nope, there won’t be any moving to the West End in Vancouver any time… ever?
        The wife and I are starting to set goals/plans to not be in Texas for our retirement years. We want to get back to forests, seasons, etc. We just need to figure out where that will be. But moving north is definitely going to be a part of it. We just don’t know how far north yet.

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