Saturday, May 23, 2015

Vancouver's Best Kept Secret

My exploration of the Fraser River continued this weekend, with a bike ride to the "River District" development. And along the way my companion and I stopped in at what might be the last authentic diner in Vancouver. Locals only (they didn't disappoint in the character department), classic Chinese/Canadian greasy spoon fare, friendliest service ever by the only guy working there (Jimmy, the owner), red vinyl booths (need I say more). Un-modified, un-hipsterfied, and hard to find unless you know where to look. Unfortunately we had already eaten, but the coffee was good, and I'd go back for the $4 breakfast.

The Northern Café (formerly the Lucy Tim Café (LT Café)) dating from the 60s is at the back of a lumber yard buzzing with manly-man aura. Don't be scared, keep walking past the two-by-fours, soffits, and hinges, and ignore hostile glare from gruff looking fellow with German Shepard straining at the leash.

Tragically, Wannabee's Funk & Stuff was not open. Though you can peek in the windows at the weirdness. It looks nothing like a store – more like an eccentric's workshop full of unfinished projects. Impossible to capture on film so I didn't try.

Up the stairs, and down the hall... watch your step.

Yeah, it's good.

Portrait of Bert, the founder of Northern Building Supply. Could he be more perfect? 

Signage for the ladies' room was very emphatic. Consequently, the ladies' room was actually quite clean and serviceable.

Find your way out...

Proceed to wonderful trails along the river.

Stumbled upon a pre-sales opening day.

The perfect life. No, seriously. Look at those chairs.

What's he contemplating...

Further down the trail. Oh, look. A hummingbird! Let's get closer.

REAL CLOSE.

River District!

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