Just “aboot” nearly 400 miles (617km) north of the town of Albany Oregon lies one of North America’s largest and most beautifully defined cities – Vancouver, Canada. And although a streamlined trip by car took me 7 hours to reach my destination, I was destined to spend even more time in the realm of discovery; exploring, photographing, and soaking in this vivid splendor of British Columbia.
Did you know…
Vancouver, BC was founded in 1886 and was named after captain George Vancouver, an English officer in the British Royal Navy. George Vancouver was well known for his exploration and precise charting of North America’s Pacific coast. Today many North American landmarks have names that were given by Vancouver, including Mt. Rainer, Mt. Hood, Mt. Saint Helens and many others. Due to the convenience of its seaports and the arrival of the transcontinental railroad, Vancouver quickly grew from its early settlement of a few thousand to its current population of well over 600,000. With over 2.4 million people living in the greater Vancouver area, it’s become the fourth most densely populated city in North America. In terms of livability Vancouver often rates within the world’s top ten cities (based on crime rates, availability of healthcare, quality of education and transportation as well as its general beauty)
It may seem strange, but with all the curiosities that one may encounter while traveling abroad, there was only one that kept my eyes fixed on the ground… weeds! Even in wintertime on the streets of such a massive metropolis, I could easily spot this nature’s produce.
Whether you’re a wild edible food enthusiast like myself or simply an adventurous person seeking a new “playground”, Vancouver BC is well equipped to appease your appetite. So next time you find your eyes hooked on the sights of a new city, be sure to also take a look down by your feet, there just may be an exotic dish perched in that not-so-exotic location.
Till next time, Happy foraging!
Special thanks to JD Bump for providing myself a level of accountability and helping me realize my goals. Thank you!
Too bad the sun did not shine on your day of shutter snapping, Hank. Vancouver is my home. I love it so much. Thanks for the glimpse of edible weeds. I never knew I had such treasure in my own garden.
Yea some sunshine would have definitely made the city a little more photogenic, but still a beautiful place nonetheless. I’ll have to go back this summer. Glad I could share a glimpse for you. It’s inspiring for me to see this unnoticed food all over the place.