Sleeping Princess Dreams Over Vancouver
She has slept under sun, moon and stars, bunked high over the Salish Sea, since the ground first came to rest and she began to dream. Sculpted and caressed by ebbing ice ages, sea sponged by wind whipped millenniums of moisture laden clouds, sauna bathed by salty timeless west coast sun she has rested, on her back facing the heavens. Over time her deep green fir forest blanket grew, and more precious life under the mountains began to populate her dreams.
She was dreaming as a paddle dipped into the mirror that reflects her, rippling the virgin Salish Sea, propelling a cedar canoe to create it’s first human-spawned wake. She dreamed when the first tall ship sails billowed below her, etching a future path, drawn by a Pacific Ocean breeze whose fingers swept her evergreen bedspread. She still dreams today when naturally powered watercraft of every sort are released from the earthly bonds of the Jericho shore to wake up the glistening Salish Sea at the foot of her bed. She sleeps in peace, she will not wake. The Sleeping Princess forever dreams over Vancouver.
When I was very young, on a day trip from southern Vancouver to Stanley Park, my elderly companions told me a story of a sleeping princess whose profile lay within the ridgeline and contours of the North Shore Mountains overlooking English Bay. Despite their earnest descriptive efforts and much animated pointing, try as I might, through the eyes of a child, I just couldn’t make her out and quickly lost interest.
Time Machine lays wake beneath the Sleeping Princess
More than a quarter of a century later, well after I became the GM of the Jericho Sailing Centre, in daily awe of Vancouver’s spectacular ocean and mountain vista, I looked up and out of the blue suddenly saw her, recognized her, in all her ageless radiance and sleeping beauty, and wondered why I hadn’t seen her before. Now, I can’t not see her or not be touched by her transitional year-round, snoozing splendour. I’ve since met many people at Jericho, often long-time residents of Vancouver, who were not aware of her and have had a similar reaction when I’ve pointed her out. It might be the same for you or it might be the same for the people you share this uniquely Vancouver view with with-pass it on
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