After our morning visit to the West End Farmers market we headed over to Granville Island for the afternoon before our dinner cruise with Accent Cruises. We caught the False Creek Ferry from Aquatic Center at the foot of Burrard across to Granville Island. We docked just in time to see watch the World Naked Bike Ride (against oil dependency) wind its way through the narrow streets. We did snap a few photos but thought better of posting them here.
Since the sun was finally shining we went looking for a patio with a view. Our first stop was ‘Sammy J. Peppers’ for a Stella (Jeff), a Caribbean Punch (Tara) and the Lobster Melt with Pita bread for dipping. We checked out the menu and were impressed so we plan to return at a later date. Next it was on to the patio at Bridges, always a favorite, for a Pimm’s Cup (Tara) and an Okanagan Spring Pale Ale (Jeff). We got a great table at the edge of the patio to enjoy to great view. It is funny how the Burrard bridge seems quite flat until you bike over it!!
At 6:00 pm we boarded the ‘Eloquet’, the largest of the Accent Cruises fleet for our pre-booked dinner cruise. We made our way to the top deck were immediately offered a beverage from the cash bar. Of course we accepted and enjoyed the view from the boat while the rest of the passengers boarded (until 6:30). The crew for our sailing consisted of a captain, first mate, bartender and server (Andreas, Yurgen, Claire and Brock) and all were very friendly and informative. The cruise departed the dock at precisely 6:30 and made its way out of False Creek and along first, second and third beaches. It was great to be able to see the skyline from this different vantage point and to try to pick out the different buildings we know along the way. We were reluctant to leave the upper deck to answer the call for dinner but we did have a great table along the window to continue watching the view. The dinner buffet consisted of Caesar and green salad, cheese tortellini, roasted carrots and potatoes, marinated chicken and salmon with chocolate cake for desert. The meal actually exceeded our expectations.
We headed back up to the deck after dinner to enjoy the views of the West Vancouver homes and the huge tankers as we headed across towards UBC. The sun set behind us as we sipped our wine and headed back towards Granville Island. The boat was a bit old and could use an ‘updating’ but over all the service, the crew and the food were good. The weather was perfect and the views outstanding! We have heard of a pending ‘tweet up’ aboard Accent Cruises and are definitely interested in a repeat visit.