Craig Roberts | Watershed Photography
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Sunrise at Vancouver's Coal Harbour Waterfront

Earlier this past spring I traveled into downtown Vancouver in the pre-dawn hours, to capture the blue hour and sunrise at the Vancouver waterfront development of Coal Harbour.

Formerly Vancouver’s industrial area in the early 20th century, this area has seen rapid development over the past 20-30 years to become some of the most expensive property in the world. Canada Place is home to a three-berth cruise-ship terminal, as well as the Pan Pacific Hotel which opened for Expo 86. Adjacent to it is the Vancouver Convention Centre (west building), opened in 2009 and featuring a treat of architectural design with expansive glass facades and wood wall interior, as well as a magnificent “living roof”. The image below was made on the far side of the Vancouver Convention Centre; just past it you can see Canada Place and farther down, the Port of Vancouver with their container cranes.

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Following the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the ceremonial Olympic cauldron was moved to the Jack Poole Plaza, a central courtyard area guarded by numerous condominium towers with views across the inlet to the North Shore mountains. More recently the Harbour Air float plane terminal has located here, for aerial tours as well as hourly flights over to Victoria and destinations throughout Vancouver Island.

Spacious green spaces and multi-use bike/walk paths throughout now share access to the waterfront with many of the community residents throughout the sprawling area. When I began shooting this morning there only a handful of people out, perhaps travelers that were still fighting jet lag due to the time zone difference, or hearty fitness buffs looking for an unencumbered morning jog. However, within a short time the traffic on the walking paths grew considerably, combined with cyclists and other forms of transportation.

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