Each time I walked along the Seawall, I would think to myself ‘this is what they must put in the brochures to convince everyone that Vancouver is the most livable city in the world’.
After all, this picture would certainly have me convinced.
Tomorrow, I leave this city for another adventure. I will be living with my family in South Korea, in the suburbs surrounding Seoul. After 1.5 years in the downtown core of Vancouver, this new stage of my life will be accompanied by a deep regret and sadness to leave the life-giving institution that is the Vancouver Seawall.
The Seawall is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path. I am beyond thankful for the privilege of having this seaside promenade to guide me during this tumultuous time.
No, the buildings rarely change. Yet I have yet to see the same view twice. The Seawall takes on every hue of the rainbow and then some within a 24 hour cycle. The colours are especially vivid here, as if the sky felt especially artsy in this corner of the city.
Some days and some times of the day are busier than others, but the Seawall is never empty. Living in downtown, I constantly longed for solitude and quiet. But I never dreaded the crowds at the Seawall.
The sky so expansive, that it seemed to embrace any size of crowd thrown onto its pavement. Humans, domesticated pets, and urban wildlife all mingle here. My preferred mode of transportation is simple — I walk. But Vancouverites can be very creative and diverse when it comes to how experience the Seawall.
Bicycles, wheelchairs, strollers, roller blades, beer floats, yachts, wheelbarrows, seaplanes, and sea otters all use the seawall for their commutes. This is truly a public, shared space where all belong.