Vancouver Quiz Game

So let’s see how you rate your local knowledge…

  1. Granville Island used to be…
    a) a sandbar
    b) named Industrial Island
    c) a toxic wasteland
    d) all of the above
  2. Is Queen Elizabeth Park …
    a) the biggest park in Vancouver?
    b) the highest point in Vancouver?
    c) the geographical center of Vancouver?
    d) answers 2 and 3?
  3. What is the name of the statue of the girl sitting on a rock next to the seawall?
    a) The Little Mermaid
    b) Celine Dion: Repose
    c) Girl in a Wetsuit
    d) Tidemarker AR23-M
  4. Is Lumberman’s Arch…
    a) a commemoration of the lumberjacks who toppled Vancouver’s old growth forest?
    b) made from the ancient trunk of a California Red Cedar?
    c) big enough to be seen all the way from Whistler on a clear day?
    d) carved by renowned Haida artist Bill Reid?
  5. The Lion’s Gate Bridge…
    a) is named for the two lion cubs Captain George Vancouver brought with him from Africa when he first landed on our shores.
    b) is longer than the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge.
    c) was paid for by the Irish Guinness family.
    d) was paid for by the Molsen Brewery family.


  1. d
  2. d
  3. c
  4. a
  5. c

So how did you do? If you love Vancouver history, some terrific books to read include “Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide”, “Vancouver was Awesome”, and “Weird and Wild Vancouver.”

Vancouver – Not The Little Mermaid


She may look like a little mermaid, but she’s over 350 pounds of solid bronze.

And she’s not “The Little Mermaid.”

Not exactly.

A Vancouver sculptor wanted to replicate Denmark’s iconic statue, but was given an emphatic “no” to that request.

So what did our inventive sculptor do? He took what was basically his version of Denmark’s Little Mermaid, put some flippers on its feet, a pair of goggles atop its head, and named it “Girl in a Wetsuit.” Disingenuous!

If you come across it as you’re walking, jogging, or cycling around the Stanley Park Seawall (or driving for that matter), you’ll notice the “Girl in a Wetsuit” can also be a tide marker.

At high tide, the water rises to the bottom of her flipper. At low tide, the entire rock upon which she sits is exposed.

You can find her between Brockton Point and the Kid’s Waterpark on the North side of Stanley Park. Go for a visit and let me know if you think the sculptor copied Denmark’s Little Mermaid? Or was it really, as he claims, simply an homage to Vancouver’s watery environment.