“The Inukshuk and the Elm”: Stunning Christmas/holiday sights in Vancouver

Inukshuk brooding by the sea
Neighbouring elm resplendent in lights

One indicates the right path
The other brighten spirits near and across the waters
Partners in the night

P1040823 Inukshuk Vancouver

P1040820 Elm Grove Bidwell VancouverRecommended sights in Vancouver this week…

Official tips from City of Vancouver

1. Bright Nights Christmas Train (Stanley Park)
Runs daily from to January 4, but closed December 25.

2. Festival of Lights (VanDusen Botanical Garden)
Daily until January 4, but closed December 25.

3. Festive light displays

  • Lost Lagoon Fountain in Stanley Park, easily visible from the Georgia Street causeway, is strung with 6,000 multi-coloured seasonal light emitting diodes.
  • Elm Grove at English Bay (Beach Avenue at Bidwell Street) features over 12,000 energy efficient lights.
  • Giant sequoia tree in George Wainborn Park (on False Creek at the foot of Richards Street) is lit with 5,000 white lights.
    Lights are on daily from until January 7 between 5:30 am and 8:30 am, and 3:30 pm to midnight.


9 Places to See Holiday Lights in Vancouver: Local Gardens, Trees, and Even Ships are Decorated for the Christmas Season

1. Festival of Lights, VanDusen Botanical Garden
2. Burrard Street
3. Bright Nights in Stanley Park
4. Capilano Suspension Bridge
5. Carol Ships Parade of Lights
6. Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
7. Granville Island
8. Beach Avenue (Along the seawall at Bidwell Street, tree giants lit with more than 12,000 lights are known as the English Bay’s Elm Grove. Pretty up close or from across False Creek.)
9. George Wainborn Park (Yaletown)


About inukshuk (inuksuk)


Excerpt: The word inuksuk means “something which acts for or performs the function of a person”. The word comes from the morphemes inuk (“person”) and -suk (“ersatz” or “substitute”). It is pronounced inutsuk in Nunavik and the southern part of Baffin Island (see Inuit phonology for the linguistic reasons). In many of the central Nunavut dialects, it has the etymologically related name inuksugaq (plural: inuksugait). While the predominant English spelling is inukshuk, both the Government of Nunavut[10] and the Government of Canada through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada[11] promote the Inuit-preferred spelling inuksuk.

More reading.


Inuksuk (Inukshuk)

Excerpt: Figures made of stone called inuksuit (singular inuksuk, also spelled inukshuk) are among the most important objects created by the INUIT, who were the first people to inhabit portions of Alaska, Arctic Canada and Greenland.


From the Park Board …

Looking for something to do on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day? 

All community centres, fitness centres, pools, arenas and golf courses will be open throughout the holiday season, including many on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.



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