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North West Marine Arts and Design

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Henry Heron works down at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Working with the local office cat, and Salty Seagull, he’s an important member of the dock team. He helps by keeping boats free of stray fish – in dinghies – and rats too, really! With deadly aim. But some days he simply enjoys the views and greets visitors…..

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SPRING TIDELINES AND HARBORS: where sky, sea and water’s edge meet, where children and seagulls dabble, sailors dream and ducks dive and play with joy...

Touch the silksmooth bark of a beautiful west coast arbutus!  And you can almost hear the salt  sea spray close to rocky shorelines where these beauties thrive near salmon streams

English Bay seawall – magical in any weather, caught between tides and skies by the sands.

Creating beautiful designs… “Form follows function” (phrase coined by Sullivan, USA architect).   And is it the same for nature’s seaside elements, as they merge with those made by humans, afloat or ashore?

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Sailing Vancouver 6m Worlds

The ‘6m Worlds’ yacht races at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in September.



Weather gods socked it to the sailors, from rain to sunny drifters and boom busting blows.



These beautiful international classic designs made picturesque viewing for committee boats, spectators and families.




Beachcombers watched starts, mark roundings, crew mix-ups and spinnaker colors flying free.





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Vancouver Harbor harbors some of the most interesting commercial, charter vessels, visiting yachts, BC built character ships, and tiny but just as fascinating boats! ….from Figurehead of the Sea Shepherd Society’s research ship ‘Martin Sheen’ to irresistible ‘Pretty Blue Eyes’ up in the yard. 

For all lovers of the sea and Vancouver’s waterfront scene…. 

Dockside or on the water…

Architecture afloat! 




Beautiful 1930s Robert Allan designed ‘Meander’ cruises BC water and moors across from Granville Island… where a sleek cruiser departs English Bay.

The party boats ply waters with thousands of visiting tourists, with new 2017 VtoV Vancouver to Victoria ship crosses the gulf in luxury!

Locals love this scene and the local economy flourishes, but little ships work too…