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I was going to publish a different post this week. However, after my walk on Tuesday through my neighbourhood and taking about 150 photos of the snow and Vancouver looking like a winter wonderland, I wanted to share these snaps instead.
It was one of those times when I just looked around me and actually thought I was in a dream. The snowy mountains, the city views, the snow piled high on either side of the footpath. It was magical. It was like the movies.
The last time I lived in Vancouver, it did snow twice. But that was nothing compared to what I witnessed Monday while trying to go to the gym and grocery shopping. The amount of snow falling was incredible and I don’t know if I will see anything like it again. My umbrella was heavy from the amount of snow falling on it. Here are a couple of snowy photos from Monday, captured on my phone.
Insane, right? On Tuesday, the sun was actually shining, which is unbelievable in itself. We have actually had three sunny days this week, after about 10 weeks of rain and drizzle. Miracles do happen.
I ended up doing a six kilometre loop around my neighbourhood in North Burnaby. I was mostly proud of myself for not slipping! But alas, I ended up slipping on some ice on Wednesday. I now have two bruised knees and a cut on my hand. At least I’ve now realised which shoes have good grip!
I hope you enjoy my deluge of snow photos. I used the 50mm prime lens my parents bought me for my birthday and love how the photos turned out.
I’ve been meaning to walk down to Boundary Road and get photos of the city skyline. I finally did it on Tuesday, and thanks to the clear day the view was better than expected.
In these images, you can see the Lionsgate Bridge, which connects Vancouver and West/North Vancouver. The forest in the foreground is also Stanley Park.
How snowy are the mountains?! The skyscrapers you can see also belong to North Vancouver. The visibility level on Tuesday was something else.
I was kind of scared of the snow/ice falling from the trees onto my head, but I remained unscathed during my walk. The remnants made for good photos, that’s for sure.
Firstly, I didn’t realise there were so many unique and beautiful houses around my neighbourhood. In most streets, it seems most of the houses are similar in style. The homes featured are all located on quite a hilly street, so get sweeping mountain views too. Secondly, I love the decorations. The snow seems to make them look more magical.
Just one of the views those homeowners may enjoy…
The final stop on my tour was actually the local library (ha!), but it was also the best place to see the snow-covered houses on the hill. Once again, visibility was on point.
The snow has started again today, and may be continuing into the weekend. But I am glad I got to appreciate it once this week, and this season. I may just get another white Christmas this year!
If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration in Vancouver, check out my comprehensive guide. But most importantly, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Whether it is filled with snow or sand!