If you want to go to Mayne Island, you have to go Downtown

As many of you who frequent Shavasana Gallery on Mayne Island are likely aware, when I am coming to open up, usually Thursday thru Sunday, I commute from Vancouver to get there, and most often as a foot passenger, taking a series of buses, subways, more buses, the ferry (of course) and my trusty ’97 GMC Safari, waiting for me patiently at overflow parking on Mayne. It’s generally a pleasant trip and over the years I have come to appreciate public transit as a place of stress-free travel (no white-knuckling on the freeway), where I can “veg out” with my cell phone, do a little work, communicate with friends, maybe learn something, stare out the window or observe the other commuters who share this journey with me.

For years, this trip would plop me onto the Broadway B-Line Bus from Alma to Cambie so I could catch the Canada Line at Broadway/City Hall Station for the zippy short trip to Bridgeport….no longer. The construction which has descended on Broadway in preparation for the new Subway corridor has made that portion of the trip unpredictable, unsightly and unpleasant – hence, Downtown.

It occurred to me recently that I could avoid all the noises, chaos and delays of Broadway by easily going downtown and catching the Subway at the corner of Georgia and Granville, with no time lost – problem solved – here are a few pics of what I now see on my trip to Mayne Island.

And incidentally, I will be open this coming Victoria Day Long Weekend, as follows: Fri. 9 – 4, Sat. 9 – 4, Sun. 10:30 – 4, Mon. 9 – 4 – hope to see you then!

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