Among other carvings and sculptures displayed in the Great Hall, is a canoe carved out of a single cedar tree trunk. It looked impressive.
Just outside the museum is a model Haida "village" with Haida buildings, longhouses, and more totem poles.
I noticed a significant Asian population in Vancouver. People of many different cultures call this city home, giving it a truly cosmopolitan feel.
Two striking things about Vancouver come to mind. The people were extraordinarily friendly and goodnatured. They struck up conversations easily and were always offering to help. The other striking feature was how clean the city was. No graffiti, hardly any trash on the streets, strong recycling programs, and an acute awareness of environmental issues. Which just reminded me of a third striking feature: cycling. The downtown area had a well planned network of dedicated bicycle lanes away from car traffic. Many of the locals got around by bike.
Actually, that's the fourth striking feature about this city. The food scene. It's obvious all over the city that fine dining is a high priority.
And as we zipped up our bags and headed for the Canada line, we knew we'd be talking about our gourmet food experiences for a long time.
Au revoir, Vancouver.
Oh yes, a fifth striking feature. The prevalence of French.