Category: British Columbia

An Unusual Clock

An Unusual Clock

In the 1990s this water clock was a popular feature located at the Sevenoaks mall in Abbotsford, British Columbia. It was tall, filled with coloured dye, and kept accurate time. The Clepsydra clock was donated by the mall to the Abbotsford airport in the year 2000 where it stands today. Many travellers pass the clock, not realizing its purpose.

The clock was designed by a French scientist and doctor named Bernard Gitton, who created about 21 similar water clocks. This one was originally located in a Paris, France shopping centre, but was eventually purchased by Sevenoaks mall. Only two such clocks can be found in North America. The others are scattered throughout the rest of the globe.

water clock(this photo: when the clock was located at Sevenoaks mall, courtesy Pinterest)

B.C. Blooms

B.C. Blooms

Part thirteen in a series based on a recent trip to British Columbia with my husband.

These photos don’t require any explanation. In May, the flowers in British Columbia were already in full bloom.




Last Stop

Last Stop

Part twelve in a series based on a recent trip to British Columbia with my husband.

Our last stop on the bus tour was Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Everywhere are breath-taking views, but it was impossible to see more than a small fraction of the park in the time allotted to us.
My husband looks pretty small compared to this huge, old tree.

This statue is “Girl in a Wetsuit”. On the left she is perched on a rock. On the right, a gull is perched on her. You can see how the tides affect how much of the rock is visible at different times of the day. (Unfortunately my picture of this statue didn’t turn out very well, so I searched the internet for substitutes.)

Another statue. This one is of Olympic runner Harry Jerome. (Sorry for the blur. We were speeding along in the bus when I took this photo.)

This dome was called Expo Centre during Expo 86, but now it’s usually referred to as Science World.

A cruise ship begins its voyage.

Pontoon planes flew overhead every few minutes. Perhaps they were tour planes.

lions gate bridge 2
Lion’s Gate Bridge

This compass points our way back to the bus. This is the last stop on our bus tour of Vancouver.









Part eleven in a series based on a recent trip to British Columbia with my husband.

the Gastown steam clock is one of the only working steam-powered clocks in the world. It whistles and  steams on the hour and chimes on the quarter hours with the same notes as Big Ben.

This is Gassy Jack, and the Gastown neighbourhood of Vancouver is named after him. His real name was John Deighton, and he was the owner of a saloon in this area in the 1800s. Apparently, he got his nickname because he was a great storyteller.







Gastown is known for its boutiques, restaurants, and galleries.





Gastown is also a place with history. This plaque commemorates the founding of Vancouver.

The plaque says, “Here stood the old maple tree under whose branches the pioneers met in 1885 and chose the name “Vancouver” for this city”








There were lots of fun things to see. I only had time to take a few shots before it was time to move on to our next destination.