When I hear the words “concession stand at a beach’, the renovated Centennial Beach Cafe is not what comes to mind (but the old, dilapidated blue-and-gray box that it replaced a few years ago is). Centennial Beach Cafe overlooks Centennial Beach/Boundary Bay Regional Park, and with its floor-to-(almost)-ceiling glass structure, offers breathtaking 180-degree panoramic views of Metro Vancouver like the North Shore Mountains to places as far away as Mount Baker in the States.
Although the sign on the door read “Open in December, weather permitting”, the cafe was closed yesterday; ergo, my ability to get a clear and unobstructed shot at the structure. The clouds look almost surreal, but rest assured, they were not digitally composited!
This temporary inlet was created by the regularly incoming and outgoing tides. The water level here was the highest we had ever seen (at the start of our trip), but it had receded, returning to the Fraser River almost completely, less than two hours later.
Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen also happens to be an Important Bird Area and one of two bird sanctuaries in Delta (the other being the George C. Reifel Sanctuary in Ladner). The trio of teal ducks pictured here (with the two-timing gent on the left, and the ladies on the right) are frequent and gorgeous visitors to the area. With their constant poking around in the water for food, getting a clear shot of them with their beaks out of the water was, to say the least, a bit challenging.
The other winged visitors we sighted — which also include(d) many flocks of rather combative and flighty gulls (Glaucous-Winged Gulls, Western Gulls, and Herring Gulls), a pair of loons, plenty of Lesser Sandpipers, a handful of herons (which are always solitary), and even a few crows — are quite accustomed to human visitors, even those who jog or zip by on bicycles, and do not spook at the slightest noise. Nesting bald eagles are also quite common (if you spot them, high in the trees), but we didn’t see them this time.
Why am I paying for nori when this beach offers all-you-can-eat kelp, a good source of iodine, for free? I’ve photographed kelp that has washed up on Centennial Beach with a length exceeding 30 feet (giant kelp has been known to grow to 150 ft long). And that’s not a fish tale!
Barnacle-covered rocks on the beach. Also my (current) favourite computer wallpaper!
This cement structure with the diamond C sign at the top marks the official border/boundary between Canada and the United States. Hence the name Boundary Bay. We even spotted an American woman on her beautiful (painted) horse, just on the other side with a German Shepherd on her heels. The dog started walking towards us and actually crossed into Canadian territory a bit before veering back onto American soil. Smart dog! Must have remembered that he left his “paws-port” at home. 🙂