Thursday, 13 August 2015

Burnaby cheating

Vancouver UrbanSketchers are organizing a show with the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby (Sept. 15 - Oct. 19, entries welcome from any sketchers).  The show focuses on sketching in Burnaby.  That's all fine and well, but it simply isn't possible to get to Burnaby from North Vancouver.  This isn't Burnaby's fault - it's all the impassable traffic improvements being made in North Vancouver (mainly to allow the huge daily inflow and outflow of dump trucks, construction workers and contractors for the ubiquitous "development" on the North Shore).  This afternoon, for example, I could only get about three blocks from home in any direction before running into overlapping line-ups for the two North Shore bridges.  So I cheated.  I drew the shore of Burnaby from Maplewood Flats, within comfortable riding distance.  The Burnaby shoreline is a mix of forest, houses and a huge oil tank farm, all in surprisingly close proximity to each other.  Some day, some glorious day, I'll actually make it across a bridge and see it all up close...

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