When Vancouver urban planners first talked about the Canada Line, part of the Sky Train system that would travel from downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, BC, I thought I would use it all the time. However, it turns out that whenever I fly out of YVR, I always take a taxi to the airport. I just find it easier to call a cab, order the ride for the time I need it, get picked up and then driven directly to the terminal.
Too easy! But it is 10 times (literally) more expensive per one-way trip than the public transit fare. Flying into Vancouver International Airport this past summer returning home from my niece’s wedding, I entertained the thought of taking the train briefly (very briefly), but my feet hurt too much. (New shoes bought for dress to wear at wedding – need I say more?) Since yesterday was a sunny Saturday and I didn’t have anything planned, I decided to check it out.
I arrived at YVR in under 45 minutes. Anyone I spotted with luggage I watched to see what they did. What I noticed right away was the size of their bags – most people had rolling luggage that was roughly one third smaller than my current suitcase. I’d definitely have to pack smarter and leave a little earlier, but the next time I have to fly somewhere, I think it’ll be worth it to save the cab fare.
After getting off the Canada Line at Vancouver Airport, I decided to wander around the International Terminal since I was already quite familiar with the Domestic Terminal. I had seen pictures of Bill Reid’s statue of The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe but never in person until yesterday.
While the International Terminal had different stores and more restaurants, I couldn’t really see any airplanes until I wandered by accident into the Domestic Terminal Observation area. Still couldn’t get a good enough view of a plane to take its picture. But on my way back to the Canada Line station, the tower as it appeared between two sections of the glass walkway caught my eye.