Yesterday I was invited on a boat trip up to the top of Indian Arm and I happily accepted the invitation.
Indian Arm is the continuation of the fjord that begins under the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and continues up past North Vancouver’s Deep Cove, past Belcarra Park, and up into the mystic. It is, simply put, a beautiful and seemingly magical location.
On the right hand side as we traveled up Indian Arm is the old Vancouver Power Company electrical generating station. My daughter justifiably wondered if in fact the old power station building was a secret Hogwarts building.
As we traveled up Indian Arm we were impressed with the variety of cabins along the shoreline. Some of the cabins are better maintained than others. Some of the “cabins” are becoming quite the spectacle of architectural magnificence. This little one pictured above was one of my favourites – a little “fixer-upper” project!
Of course as well as human-developed things, the natural environment is spectacular. There are numerous waterfalls and mountains that tower over the water.
If you can’t afford to go on a cruise up through BC’s Inside Passage and on to Alaska, although the foodie aspect of the trip is not nearly as awesome, a the scenery on a tour of Indian Arm is equally awe-inspiring. As I said, seemingly magical.
An important reminder for when you are boating – do like my daughter is in the picture above – hold onto your hat. I was a little embarrassed to make the boat tour turn around when my prized Filson hat blew off and landed on the water behind the boat.
I felt like I was Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway when he was sailing along and he lost his volleyball-friend Wilson. I was calling out, “Filson, Filson!!” until the boat operator agreed to turn the craft around and let me retrieve my cap.
And then later in the evening, we returned to Port Moody’s Rocky Point park and boat launch.