There may be no better way to appreciate the city of Vancouver than to have a sushi dinner in Kits and then walk eastwards along the waterfront, through the cool summer evening. As the sun sets behind the mountains of Vancouver Island, everything in the foreground becomes a silhouette. Then, as you walk east, the bright towers of the downtown core get outlined against the North Shore mountains.
The sea, the mountains, and the mild weather will all be acutely missed in Ottawa.
PS. Now that I am back where North America region DVDs can be purchased, I splurged and bought the Planet Earth series that I have been wanting for ages.