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Steveston Excursion – Part 4 – Inbound

All photos taken on October 23, 2022.

Our return trip was pretty much the same route as our outbound ride, but we did have some things we wanted to take a closer look at, along the ride.

Housing developments lined the West Dyke Trail separated from the water in the Strait of Georgia by varying widths of tidal marshland, the dyke and a canal. Some of the developments were pretty nondescript, but others were well laid out and attractive.

Older residential development

This herd of Belted Galloway cows were out on the tidal flats, chowing down on the marsh grasses.

The tidal flats are really wide here.

This was a beautiful development, reminiscent of something you may see in the Netherlands

back on track on West Dyke

riding River Road, along the Fraser River

making our way through Richmond…

…and onto the Canada Line Bikeway

pausing on the Canada Line Bikeway, we spotted a tug pulling this log boom

back down on the other side of the Fraser, heading to…

…the 67th Avenue Bikeway…

…and onto the Arbutus Greenway. The autumn colours were startling

At Cypress Street and W 4th Avenue, headed for…

…Burrard Street and…

…the Burrard Bridge

The return trip was 27.5 km ( 17 miles) for a total ride distance of 55.2 km (34 1/3 miles). We loved our rental bikes and the ride.

Our time in Vancouver was coming to a close. We had one last evening to spend with B & K.


16 responses to “Steveston Excursion – Part 4 – Inbound”

  1. Another beautiful excursion. I liked the log broom being pulled by the boat and those black and white cows – I’ve never seen them before 🐄🐄🐄

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  2. Thanks Luisa. We were lucky to see the tugboat pulling the log boom. Not sure it happens as frequently these days. The Belted Galloways were a surprise to us, as well. Thanks for reading. Allan


  3. As always a very nice series of photos Allan,
    We also have Galloways in Belgium, but these are either brown, black or blond, so these Belted Galloways are very special, great!
    Have a nice day Allan !

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    1. I figured the breed must be fairly common in Europe now, since it originated in Scotland in 1922. A very pretty cow that can survive on sparse vegetation. Thanks so much for reading and commenting Marc. Allan

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  4. I’ve never seen such interesting cattle with Panda-ish colours and striking patterns: black separated by a broad, white belt around the middle of their sturdy bodies. Dressed in black and white, Belted Galloway cattle most likely are admired and photographed by passing tourists. Now, thanks to you, it is a cattle breed I likely won’t forget as long as I live. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Definitely cows in formal attire. Next time you are in Scotland, keep an eye open for them, as that is wehre the breed originated. Thanks for readign Aiva. Hope your week is going well. Allan

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      1. I didn’t know they originated in Scotland, Allan 🙂 See, it goes to show you that even after all the years of living in Edinburgh and revisiting Scotland, I still get to learn something new. The uniqueness of black and white and the diversity it brings to the coat colour patterns are something hard to ignore. Valters is travelling to Edinburgh in a few weeks’ time, but I’ll doubt he’ll be able to see any in the vicinity of the city. We might see them on our autumn trip to Scotland this year. Fingers crossed. Cheers 🙂 Aiva xx

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  5. This was a fun “ride” with you guys, Allan. I enjoyed seeing the log boom, which is something I’ve never seen before, as well as the lovely neighborhood of West Dyke. And thank you for introducing me to a breed of cow I’ve never seen before. I will have one on Mike if we ever see one while playing one of our favorite road trip games: name that cow. Yes, we really do play that game. Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks for pedalling along Kellye. The log boom and Belted Galloways were real bonus. The first time we saw them was in 2012 in New Zealand. Happy to give you a one up for your next road trip. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great day. Allan

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  6. Great pictures and interesting sights. Allan, especially the log boom and the cattle. Cheers.

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    1. Thanks Lynette. I did not expect to see cattle on this trip. Log booms maybe. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  7. Those cows are adorable. It’s too bad most of our new developments these days don’t like the one you passed on your bike ride.

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  8. They seemed to fit into the landscape here very nicely. I agree. Now it is all about how many house you can cram into a space and then cover in beige vinyl siding. We are lucky our subdivision is about 35 years old and they allowed some space between houses in those days. The Dutch style seemed to fit beside the West Dyke. Thanks for reading Linda. Happy Wednesday. Allan


  9. The tug boats pulling logs are rather funny to see when you’re landing in Vancouver! That’s interesting you came across something reminiscent of the Netherlands when you were going on a long bike ride! Made me think you were there for a second!

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    1. You get a better sense of the size from the air. We were lucky to be on the bridge as it was approaching. I guess they thought if they were protecting the houses with dykes, they should make them look Dutch. I imagine the chance of flooding in the area is pretty high. Thanks for reading Claire. Allan

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