Vancouver from the Air and an Hour Later, Calgary from the Air: Adventure-a-Day #6

aerial view of Vancouver with blue mountains in the background and Fraser River in front centre

Vancouver from the air, September 5, 2012
(Photo credit Jill Browne)
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One thing I like about flying is taking pictures from the air. Yesterday I finished up a very hasty drive from Calgary to Vancouver. The weather was clear, sunny, not too hot – in short, a pleasant day to be outside. I suppose car driving is kind of outside. Not really, but we can pretend. I didn’t actually get out of the car in Vancouver other than at the airport. Hey, here’s an airport-inspired joke. “What did the pilot’s car die of?”(Answer: “I don’t know”.) “Terminal parking.” Moving right along … I was seated over the wing so didn’t have the clearest angle for taking pictures, but still I kind of lucked out in both Vancouver and Calgary.

Blue mountains in background, tall buildings of downtown Calgary in middle, green space with low buildings in front

Calgary from the air, September 5, 2012
(Photo credit Jill Browne)
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The Calgary picture shows less of the city and a little more detail of the centre. If you click on the picture to enlarge it, and then look closely you can find:

  • the Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, at the far left,
  • the Calgary Stampede grandstand just behind the Saddledome on the left,
  • the Calgary Tower, formerly our tallest building,
  • the former Petro-Canada building, now called the Suncor Energy Centre, another former tallest building, and now the tallest red brick building in the picture,
  • the Bow building, massive thing with the diamond shapes, completely out of scale with everything else.


This is my standard form of disclosure that I am retroactively adding to all blog posts done before April 1, 2018, and will add to all new posts.

1. Is this experience open to the public?


2. Who paid the cost of me doing this?

I did.

3. Did I get any compensation or special consideration for writing this blog post?


4. Would I be as positive about this place if I had gone as a regular visitor?

Yes. I write about things that I find interesting.


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  • Reply
    Susan Wright
    September 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Fabulous shots Jill. The great thing about these short hops is that you’re not brain dead when you land. Roy and I flew in from Denmark this evening. Landed around 8 p.m. which would be the equivalent of 3 a.m. or something in Copenhagen. I’m one of those people who gets completely disoriented when I’m flying towards the east and the sun never sets. Add watching 2 full length movies and the Big Bang Theory and I’m a zombie when I stagger up to customs.

    PS I love the name of this blog!

    • Reply
      September 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      I don’t do well with jet lag at all. Hope you had a great trip, Susan! I look forward to hearing all about it 😉

      • Reply
        Susan Wright
        September 7, 2012 at 4:09 am

        Jill, I crashed at 10:00 and woke up at 4:30 so I’m inching back into MST (will probably conk out at the hairdresser’s this morning with my head in the set sink!) Looking forward to comparing notes about our travels.

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