Vancouver Today

Vancouver witnessed a most unusual Sunday. Waking to tendrils of curled brown smoke across north shore mountains, we dismissed occasional whiffs of campfire memory in favor of a summer day without obligation. Heading downtown, we joined scores of revelers.  Oppressive heat wasn’t enough to squelch festivities as thousands of American tourists besieged Vancouver for the FIFA women’s World Cup final.

By 6 PM the wind shifted. Environment Canada issued a air quality advisory,  all residents were cautioned to keep doors and windows shut. Ash fell, the sun struggled to glow under curtains of opaque haze making it difficult to determine the time of day.

From trickles of wildfire smoke, to world cup shenanigans and an onslaught of fickle wind shifting smoke screens – this was Vancouver today.

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NASA satellite image showing smoke over B.C.

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Secret Service presence on Robson St. for Joe Biden’s appearance at the FIFA World Cup women’s final.

U.S. fans outside B.C. Place.

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Brazilian fans lead parade from “fan zone” to the stadium.

Smoke from wildfires in the interior of British Columbia blanket downtown Vancouver, B.C. Sunday,...

Vancouver skyline obstructed by wildfire haze.

 

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2 thoughts on “Vancouver Today

  1. We watched the final game — the only one of the FIFA series we watched actually. Apologies for the enthusiastic Americans. But at the moment campfires and wildfires might be smelling the same in my nostrils, I’m not sure I could distinguish them, so just pretend you’re out camping with crazy party goers. 🙂 They get the skies just as hazy!

    • No need to apologize for American tourists, they were wonderful. Haven’t had that much fun since the Olympics.
      Wildfires gave the day that hint of campfire smoke, reminded me of being at a campsite. By evening, with shifting winds fine ash was falling and you couldn’t go outside without feeling a sensation of smoke in your lungs. By 8 pm it was difficult to see the sun. Today is a little better, still hazy but the haze managed to give us a little reprieve from the heat – we only reached 27 Celsius today. 🙂

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