Our continuing effort to explore new places during our photo-walks took us to Richmond, more specifically to the Steveston Village area of Richmond.
Well known for being an excellent place to buy fish directly from the fishermen, there is also shopping, restaurants (many of the seafood variety) and plenty of photo ops. There is even a cannery tour in the historic Gulf of Georgia cannery if that blows your skirt up or if not, you can go fly a kite (literally) in the nearby Garry Point park. There are some pretty nice trails in the park that are excellent to walk or run through but BOY HOWDY was it windy there. Still being winter and all sunny = crisp as it is, but add that wind it was rather bone-chilling. Tom was as wrapped up as he could be, but I bet he was wishing he had brought gloves.
I take it from the words of a local who passed by us and randomly blurted out his dislike to us this art piece isn’t exactly well-loved by everyone, but I actually found it kind of neat.
I just like how it shows up in the background in some shots and mixes things up a little.
As I said a perfect place to fly a kite.
These were the fancy acrobatic kites. We saw a family show up with their own little drugstore job and we were placing bets on how soon the string would snap, it was VERY windy that day.
Here is a shot of the Steveston Village from Garry Point, it is really just a short walk away.
We didn’t take the cannery tour (not our cuppa) but used it for plenty of shots.
The historic vibe of it led me to changing some of the pics to B&W and sepia just cuz…and I absolutely love this group of statues out front of a “Fish Wifey” and friends in deep conversation.
There was a few different fishermen peddling their wares, some even had a bit of a line-up at their boats at one point..particularly the guys selling sea urchins…not sure what they are for?
It was a tempting thought to buy a salmon but considering I didn’t have any kind of cooler to keep it in AND our freezer wouldn’t hold a fish that size with everything else in it anyway it would have been a bad idea…. but still yum, Salmon.
Floating among the moored boats were a collection of seagulls, a few ducks and a lone swan. She/he(?) looked a bit out-of-place here, but I’m sure there is method to the swans madness. Has to be a good spot to be fed.
As I said there is some shopping and plenty of restaurant choices at the wharf. Tom had commented how being a relatively small area it could conceivably be a very crowded in the summer pretty easily.
It was suppertime by the time we’d explored the village area and we decided to try out one of the seafood joints for our dinner. The service at this place was less than ideal, we had to wait quite a while for a waitress to show up after we were seated (many other staff walked right past our table and avoided eye contact.) We were just about ready to leave so I tried one last thing to catch the attention of the waitress.. I turned my chair sideways and just stared at them until they felt the eyes on them and made eye contact. She acknowledged our existence and came over apologizing about being all over the place. It was busy enough, but not crazy busy so not sure what the deal was. Most of the staff looked so disinterested to be there and a bit morose. Ah well, the food was good though. I had a crab, ricotta and spinach stuffed cannelloni and Tom had the Halibut and chips.
We may try out a different place next time we’re there though.
Just outside there was a guy playing the sax which seemed a bit out-of-place but kind of cool. Some man was right up in the guy’s face taking his picture. I’m not sure if he knew the guy (promotional pics maybe?) or was some random tourist, but for that close I hope the guy paid him some money.
I like the old guy giving me the stink-eye in the above photo. Heh.
The sun was starting to set and that lovely golden hour that gives you the best light for pictures was starting so we headed back to catch the sunset at Garry Point.
I had read it was a nice place to catch a sunset and they didn’t lie, it was spectacular.
Love this one with the little kid playing soccer, the trees and that funky red ball thing in the distance.
Another excellent in-town photo adventure.