5.2.16 - 5.3.16 64 °F
On a clear day we continued traveling south in the Inside Passage of Alaska and British Columbia.
Crystal Serenity has had the distinction this year of being the first cruise ship of the season in all of the Alaskan ports we visited. Tour companies and employees all came back to work the day we arrived! Bonus: beautiful snowcapped mountains and no crowds!
Sailing into Vancouver the following morning
The “sails” of Canada Place rise next to the Crystal Serenity and the skyline of Vancouver, “Jewel of the Pacific”.
Intrigued by the opportunity to go on a nature trek in the rain forest we joined Dave, a tour guide/naturalist who brought us to the North Shore Lynn Canyon. This is how we crossed……..
In the Capilano River Regional Park we learned about the primitive ecosystem in this second growth forest. The depth of the soil here is no more than 3 feet over granite bedrock. Seedlings seeking nutrients grow out of “nurse trees”: fallen rotting stumps and logs.
Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and Douglas Fir are abundant. Fallen cedar hollows out naturally, making it an obvious choice for building a canoe: or to pose Hästa.
The Capilano River is perfect for salmon but when the Cleveland Dam was built they were cut off from their spawning grounds.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada operates the Capilano Salmon Hatchery beneath the dam, which has saved the salmon.
Back in Vancouver we walked some more, relishing the warm, mostly dry day. Recognize this? It’s Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Torch.
This will probably be our final post about our fantastic 2016 voyage. We leave the ship Friday morning back where we started in San Francisco (where we did not leave our hearts). Thanks for coming along!