What Was New: August 31, 2002

Vancouver Island, BC Ferries, PNE, Abbotsford Air Show

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Vancouver 2002 had some great August weather. I made it to the beach, rode my bicycle and attended a few events. At the beginning of the month was the 25th annual Abbotsford Air Show. The show seemed slightly smaller and more military than my decade-old recollection.

View of Abbotsford Air Show View of Abbotsford Air Show View of Abbotsford Air Show

I made a one day visit to Vancouver Island. Some nice pictures looking back at Vancouver and Mt. Baker from the Nanaimo ferry.

View of Vancouver and Mt Baker

There was a lot of log boom and barge traffic in the Gulf of Georgia. BC has not yet completely abandoned its sea and forestry roots.

View of Vancouver from Georgia Strait View of Vancouver from Georgia Strait
View of Vancouver from Georgia Strait

I attended a Wooden Boat Fest at Granville Island but there were less than a dozen floating boats.

View of Vancouver Boat Fest Granville Island

Also made a quick visit to the PNE -- Pacific National Exhibition. It has down-sized several times in the last decade. Much of Hastings Park has reverted to a 'natural' state. Most of the agriculture is in the children's zoo or found in such events as pig races. There is still some old-fashioned merchandising.

View of PNE - Hastings Park View of PNE - Hastings Park View of PNE - Hastings Park

A PNE highlight for me was the Monster Trucks Show.
(I love not just Opera, Art and Wine. I also appreciate old cars, classic country music, Vancouver beer-soaked afternoons and an occasional Monster Truck show).

View of PNE - Hastings Park

The truck show included some incredible trick motorcycle jumps.

View of PNE - Hastings Park View of PNE - Hastings Park

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