I set off this morning towards the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, just south of Vancouver. The ride there was as unspectacular as I expected, a Canadian suburbs sightseeing tour. First through some nice residential areas in South Vancouver all along one of these lovely bike routes: Trees, two storey houses, cars and pickups in front of them, almost no traffic on Sunday morning. Once you reach the first branch of the Frazer river all loveliness ends. I crossed it on Knights bridge on a sidewalk hardly the width of my handlebars.
After that there is Richmond: Shopping malls, commercial areas and Ikea, lovely Spreitenbach of Vancouver, only that everything is way oversized.
The second branch of the river can only be passed through a tunnel where bikes are not allowed. There is a small bus shuttle that sets you and your bike over. It runs once every hour. Road No. 5 leads you there. You have to turn left shortly after crossing Stevenston Hwy into a side road that doesn’t look like leading anywhere. There is a sign…
Road No. 5 is reasonable to cycle and you must be well guarded from all evil. It quite shows off all major religions you could possibly imagine: starting with a Tibetan monastery, next to it there is a Vedean temple, at least one church, a mosque, some other Indian temple, some more Chinese thing, a Jewish school. You name it, it’s there. One after the other, like pearls on a necklace. Big colourful buildings, mostly gold plated. We should get a similar upgrade to Spreitenbach.
The ferry to Salt Spring Island takes roughly three hours. Lovely cruise between the Southern
Golf islands. I even saw my first orcas!
If you look for them in the Salish sea, just follow the whale watching boats.