|Nicholson Road is part of an ongoing photo project aimed at sharing and celebrating the different communities in Metro Vancouver. Each week Vancouver Is Awesome will be featuring one of the latest, most engaging photos from the project in order to draw your attention a little bit outside of the hyper-focus that we usually have on the city of Vancouver.
Metro Vancouver Is Awesome, and you should get out and explore it!
Living south of the Fraser, I often get to witness amazing views of the mountains and cityscapes that those living in Vancouver might never get to see. One of my favourites is the view beyond the city from Highway 91 at 72nd, looking across the Capilano reservoir and up the hill to the Lions – The angle is such that there’s no big ol’ West Vancouver mountain to block the view. And let me tell you, it never gets any less beautiful.
But there are other views too, like this one shot along Ladner Trunk Road (the old Highway 99). If you weren’t paying attention, or if it were a particularly cloudy day, you might think you were in any number of endless agricultural lands. That is, until you start spotting the forests of Burns Bog. The skies clear, and you can start to see the piers of the Alex Fraser Bridge, or the gleaming towers around Edmonds and Metrotown. Soon enough Burnaby Mountain comes into view, quickly followed by those majestic landforms that tend to define this region. And then it snows. And then the clouds part, revealing that blue, blue sky.
And then you look around at the farmland which seemed like any other farm, but has now turned into a stunning reminder of one the industries that first sustained this region. An industry that still sustains the people who live here. An industry that can easily be taken for granted as communities expand, and highways turn rich soil into impermeable stone. So you take a picture, to save everything as it is. To show your friends and say, “See? It really does snow here in the winter!” Maybe pull it out again 10 years down the road, and chuckle at how small the distant towers appeared, or wonder where the farmers parked their helicars (hey, it’ll happen…)
Sigh. I love this place. Metro Vancouver is so Awesome.
More from Nicholson Road can be found HERE.