Steveston Winter Safari 2013

Update for Sat, Jan 19 -- no changes, only finer details:

Hi everyone! I'm really excited to see you all tomorrow morning!!!

This is how our Meetup is going to go down...

1. (Optional, Early birds are planning to meet before 7am at Starbucks, head down to Britannia Shipyards for sunrise)

2. Use the BUDDY SYSTEM to help the group stay together

3. NO CHANGE TO THE ORIGINAL TIME OR SPOT - The Main group meeting spot is Steveston Coffee Co. at 9AM - we will wait ONLY 10 MINUTES

4. The route is EASTWARD along the streets, then to the boardwalk at Second Ave, and continue EASTWARD along the boardwalk to the Eastern Dykes

5. Turn around about 11am to return back to Fisherman's Wharf

6. You're on your own for lunch -- 4 good restaurants noted below or choose other places

More fine details...

(Optional early bird meeting at Starbucks before 7am, to be at the Britannia Shipyards ready to setup for sunrise at 8am. This does NOT change original Meeting spot or time -- which is 9am at Steveston Coffee Co.)

The group will definitely start to dissemble along the way because as photography enthusiasts, we tend to stop to take photos! Therefore, on this walk, we will employ the BUDDY SYSTEM to ensure solo members are not left alone --> if you see someone involved in a shot and liable to be left alone --> wait for them or signal that you are moving on.

The main group will meet as planned on the street in front of Steveston Coffee Co. at 9am SHARP (if you want to buy coffee, come at least 20 minutes early). We will wait ONLY 10 minutes before heading out.

From Steveston Coffee Co. at 9:10am, we will head EASTWARD, along the streets to the boardwalk at Second Avenue and continue EASTWARD along the boardwalk to the Eastern Dykes. We will pass by Britannia Shipyards and the old Cannery row.... and continue EASTWARD. At about 11am, or earlier, we will TURN AROUND and retrace our steps along the boardwalk and end up at Fisherman's Wharf area.

We will NOT be gathering again after the walk, and you're on your own for lunch. While walking and talking, make friends and form small groups. Make plans amongst yourselves and feel free to call ahead to one of these restaurants, or stop in at any of the other great places in Steveston:

Village Vietnamese, $, Open at 11am, Pho soup, Viet delights, Full bar, 12480 No. 1 Road, (604)[masked]

Ichiro Japanese, $$, Open 11:30am – 2pm, Sushi, special dishes, Beer & wine,[masked]nd Ave, (604)[masked]

Diner No. 1, $$, Open 8:30am, Diner food, burgers, Full bar, 12551 No. 1 Road, (604)[masked]

Blue Canoe, $$$, Open at 11:30am, Full meals, Full bar, 3866 Bayview, (604)[masked]


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This will be our third Steveston Safari... on the Fraser River in January!

Join us for an early shoot along the dykes and waterfront of Steveston Village... the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Nat'l Historic Site, Brittania Heritage Shipyard, Lighthouse at Garry Point (just to name a few places to explore and shoot)... and finish up with brunch at one of the Village's excellent eateries.

See http://www.steveston.bc.ca/


~~ HOW TO GET THERE ~~

BY CAR: Crossing Oak Street Bridge, follow Hwy. 99 South until you reach the Stevston Hwy Exit. Travel west on Steveston Hwy. Until you reach No. 1 Road and follow it south until the end.

CARPOOL: As before, if you can offer a ride please indicate number of seats and relative locale in your RSVP note... and, if you need a ride, contact the kind folks offering a ride directly to make arrangements.

TRANSIT: Best option... Head for Chatham and 2nd Ave, about an hour from downtown Vancouver. See the trip planner at Translink at http://www.translink.bc.ca


~~ WHERE TO MEET ~~

We'll meet at the Steveston Coffee Company [masked]) at 3511 Moncton St., just west of 2nd Ave. It's open from 8am if you're early, and it's a block south from the bus stop. We'll meet there at 9am SHARP.


~~ WHAT TO EXPECT~~

ROUTE: after meeting at Steveston Coffee Co., we'll head East along the quaint streets to the Cannery and then head back along the waterfront. We'll stop along the way for food and if it's not too cold we'll carry on to Garry Point and maybe even to the Dykes. All weather dependant.

EARLY BIRDS & WORMS: If the weather is supposed to be particularly beautiful, some of us will be going really early to catch the early light on the fishing docks, and then head up to the meeting spot for coffee at 9am. Worms... huh?

GEAR: Bring any type of camera and your tripod if you like. Wear really warm clothes, gloves and hat.

See you there! :D

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  • Phil D.

    Hi Mike. I usually downsize to 800 wide by 533. If you upload a full size I believe the website will resize it for you but any sharpening that you do will be lost.

    February 3, 2013

  • Mike

    For uploading, what resolution do most ppl use?

    February 3, 2013

  • Cecilia T

    Great meeting! I am looking forward the next one! Thanks!

    1 · January 21, 2013

  • QuattroRocket

    Thanks everyone, really enjoyed my first time out despite the lack of the presence of an actual sun during the "sunrise" portion of the morning. I am uploading my pics as I edit them but the set is here http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDFRmrX if you are interested.

    2 · January 20, 2013

  • Trish

    Thank you to everyone who came out to our Steveston Winter Safari! It was wonderful to see so many of you and I'm glad you had a good time with old and new friends. Photos being uploaded are just awesome! Keep 'em coming!

    January 21, 2013

    • Leona

      Hi Trish: Must apologize - signed up for the event and we arrived too late to meet at 9:00 - but did enjoy the day - just watched all the images, and enjoyed the shots that I missed. Thanks for organizing the event will try and do better next time.

      1 · January 21, 2013

  • Maurice W.

    Needed some sort of a sunrise for a 5 star rating, otherwise was a good outing.

    1 · January 20, 2013

    • Neil L.

      Check-in should be an app on your smartphone. Mine too has gone away, but that function also closes soon after the end time posted for the event . No mind - in most groups only 1% even bother with it.

      2 · January 20, 2013

    • Maurice W.

      I used to have the Meetup app on my old iPhone, never really liked it much so didn't bother loading it n the new one.

      January 20, 2013

  • Richard W.

    Thanks again Trish for organizing such a big event. It was great to meet all of you and hope to see you again at another meetup.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Pouria

    Wonderful day, meet lovely people.
    So happy to be with you guys

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time today, despite having to leave early. Thanks for organising it, and I look forward to doing another in future.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for organizing today. Looking forward to the next walk! I learnt a lot today.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Jason

    Trish, once again thanks for organizing a great event. With such a large group, it is hard to mingle with everyone; but for those whom I talked to it was my pleasure meeting you.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Paul D.

    It went very well. I'm looking forward to seeing the results.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Paul D.

    5 stars but it won't let me add that because I want to have zero (N/A) stars for the coffee shop that I never entered.

    January 20, 2013

    • Trish

      Thanks Paul. It's a crazy system, I know. But the coffee shop was very nice to us, so if you want to take my word for it and give the "event" a 5 star rating by way of the stars, feel free :)

      January 20, 2013

  • Mike

    Great. Sorry I was a bit late

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Len W.

    Good times and it was nice it didn't rain.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Peter K.

    Wea are blessed with exceptional good weather, good organization, good comradery

    1 · January 20, 2013

    • Neil L.

      Good and cold, good & cloudy , but still good I guess. Saw 15 seconds of sunshine.

      1 · January 20, 2013

  • Grace R.

    It was good could have been great if the clouds didn't interfere.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Ehtesham (Eh-te-sham) A.

    Very nice. Just missed the Sun!

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Trish

    Going for lunch now. Diner No 1 is great, has lots of room too! See you there! 12251 No 1 Rd

    January 20, 2013

  • Trish

    At London's Landing wharf now. We're going west from here! Westward Ho!

    January 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Trish,

      January 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will be there a bit later this morning. Do you know of anyone who is interested in shooting past 11:30? If yes feel free to connect them to me at 604.319.1278. Thank you.

      January 20, 2013

  • Trish

    Dress warmly folks, and drive safely. See you soon!

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Neil L.

    Weather really "interesting" these days. Anybody know what Steveston was like today at the early hours , to give us a feel for what we might expect Sunday? I know we do have a member or two who live in the vicinity. Was the sky milky or blue?

    January 19, 2013

    • K F.

      Richard - yup, I'll be one of them early birds =)

      1 · January 20, 2013

    • K F.

      Looks good in Steveston!

      January 20, 2013

  • Grant

    Steven, and anyone else in town, I'm coming from North Vancouver via Lion's Gate, downtown and either Granville or Oak. I have room for a couple more.

    December 28, 2012

    • ag-NYESH-ka

      I have only occasional internet connection, so organizing a last minute ride is out for me. Thank you Grant for not getting us sick! I do appreciate it. Close to 100 people attending is, anyhow, too much for me. There will be too many in the way.. so I'm not upset about it. Will be out for another some day. Cheers.

      January 19, 2013

    • Lorah

      No worry Grant, hope you get well soon.

      January 19, 2013

  • Richard W.

    I'm late to the conversation and willing to help out. I live near the PNE and could take 4 people with me for whoever needs a ride from around the area?

    1 · December 22, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Richard, I could get a ride from you, what time do you leave?

      January 19, 2013

    • Richard W.

      Hi Mazyar - can you make the early bird meeting, I can pick you up from a say the Nanaimo skytrain station if you need a ride still? [masked]

      1 · January 19, 2013

  • Jess

    Hi all,
    I am also looking for a ride. I live downtonw (in the West End) and am happy to jump on the skytrain so I could be at any of the stops along the Canada Line. Very happy to pitch in for gas money. If anyone has room, please let me know. thanks!

    January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Dawn. Does it work for you if I confirm tomorrow?

      January 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Dawn, let's confirm this. Where would you like to meet?

      January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Late to the conversation as well. Looking for a ride near Joyce station area or anywhere along the skytrain line

    January 18, 2013

    • Kentaro

      That's ok man!Don't be sorry please!Anyway See you tomorrow guys,Can't wait:)

      January 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks see you tomorrow!

      January 19, 2013

  • Goran R.

    Hi Lee! Whereabouts you are in downtown? I am at Denman&Comox.

    January 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Goran, do you are Lee have a car you are offering a ride with possibly? what time are you leaving?

      January 19, 2013

  • sharon

    I'm in the downtown area and looking for someone who could carpool. Anyone?

    December 22, 2012

    • sharon

      Thanks Grant, I do believe I have a ride now though. I really appreciate your offer :)

      1 · December 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      sharon, does your ride have room for one more person? What time are you leaving?

      January 19, 2013

  • Richard W.

    I also have room for people. I'm coming from East Van and could either pick up from one of the skytrain stations or along the way to Knight street.

    1 · December 28, 2012

    • Richard W.

      Hi Helen - do you have a cell phone number you can private message me as I'd like to see if you want to get to Steveston early. I don't have another way to contact you right now and haven't heard back from you. Thanks

      January 18, 2013

    • Helen j.

      Hi Richard, Please check your email.

      January 19, 2013

  • ahmad

    Trish, i got it now... sorry for the extra effort... but as u know am ESL.... its clear now :)

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • ahmad

    Trish whats the early bird meet up? what time exactly? and where??? this is confusing to me? are we meeting at 9 or be4 7???

    January 19, 2013

    • Trish

      Thanks Ahmad. Those who want to go early can do so. No change to the Main Meeting Spot - 9am at Steveston Coffee Co.

      January 19, 2013

  • Trish

    Now is the time to charge your batteries.... and confirm carpooling arrangements. I recommend that all carpoolers exchange phone numbers to ensure you can contact each other if there are last minute changes to being where you have agreed to be.

    January 19, 2013

    • Trish

      I also want to suggest that those receiving rides should offer a few bucks to help with fuel costs.

      January 19, 2013

  • Trish

    If anyone is stuck for a ride, shout out NOW in a new conversation on this board -- because there's no way of knowing from all the comments below.

    January 19, 2013

  • ahmad

    Trish u will guide 97 of us!!! jeeeeee.... poor Trish

    January 19, 2013

    • Trish

      Thanks Ahmad, it will be fine. I love leading groups out on field trips. Looking forward to seeing you! :)

      January 19, 2013

  • Reg N.

    My wife Kisch and I will be coming on Sunday. We live in the downtown west end (Denman & Alberni) and have room for two more people if anyone needs a lift.

    1 · January 19, 2013

    • Murray

      Could my friend and i get a ride with you? I am in kits but could meet where convenient Thanjs Murray

      January 19, 2013

    • Reg N.

      For sure. Email me at [masked] so we can make arrangements.

      January 19, 2013

  • Jeff

    Hi all. I am coming from mission. If anybody needs a ride from delta/surrey/langley area let me know :-)

    January 19, 2013

  • Murray

    Does anyone have room for 2? I am in Kits and my friend is in Kerrisdale, but we could meet up along the route, wherever is convenient.

    January 19, 2013

  • Len W.

    I'm in the Cambie/King Edward area close to the Canada Line. I can take 3 people in my car or meet somewhere to car pool. Sharon, are you close to the Canada Line?

    1 · December 22, 2012

    • Kathy P.

      That would be great, thanks. see you then.

      1 · December 23, 2012

    • Len W.

      Sharon, I haven't heard back from you. Are you still meeting Kathy and I at the King Edward Station on Sunday morning? Let me know OK, so we'll know to wait for you. Thanks Len

      January 18, 2013

  • Amy

    Hey everyone! This'll be my first meetup so I'm pretty excited! Is anyone going to be getting off highway 99 and driving along Steveston Hwy? If so, and you still have space, could I get a ride please? I could meet you at the Petro Canada intersecting No. 5 Rd...

    January 13, 2013

    • Sylvia

      I'll see you there Amy - unless its raining of course in which case i'll send you a note before 8 on this site.

      January 15, 2013

    • Amy

      Ok, thanks! See you then

      January 16, 2013

  • Jason

    Great news! It is suppose to be mainly Sunny in Richmond on Sunday!

    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/fourteenday/cabc0248/table?ref=tabs_14day_table

    Guess we may end up with over 100 people. Just look for the guy with a Nikon Camera, can't miss me. lol

    January 16, 2013

    • Trish

      Yes, it looks like it will be awesome weather! Let's hope the clouds due for Sat blow over more quickly than expected to give us purely clear skies on Sunday! Yay!

      January 16, 2013

  • Neil L.

    Wow! closing in on 100 attendees, and yet no way to identify those that we're so far not directly acquainted with as being a member. There has got to be a way. Let's work on it.

    January 15, 2013

    • Trish

      Thanks for the giggles this morning you guys! Seriously, on Sunday before noon it's safe to assume all folks wandering around slowly, looking about, with cameras in hand are most likely with our group. After noon, if there's sunshine, there will be touristy folks around who're not with our group. If you want to connect (because you're lost or you think they might be) -- do ask, "Are you with the Meetup group?" Those who are not with the group usually say "no" and move on. No harm done.

      January 16, 2013

    • Trish

      For the future, I'm working with the Metro Vancouver Organizers' group to get some bulk pins we can wear with the red Meetup logo on it. But that will take a bit of time and organization. Hopefully to come in the next few months.

      January 16, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Hi Kerri-Jo. I'd be interested in meeting pre-dawn for a shoot. What time are you thinking of being there? Any details about how and where to meet?

    1 · January 14, 2013

    • Kerri-Jo

      a group is meeting at 7am at Starbucks and I'll be at the Britannia shipyard by 7:15am

      January 15, 2013

  • Kerri-Jo

    anyone want to meet at Britannia Heritage Shipyard? I will be walking over from there. I want to do start just before sunrise.

    1 · December 28, 2012

    • Phil D.

      I am going to try and get there for 7:00 am as well. I am coming from Abbotsford if anyone needs a ride. See you at Starbucks.

      January 14, 2013

    • Kerri-Jo

      ok, I'll plan to be at the Britannia Shipyard at 7:15. If someone is going directly there then just go to the bottom of Railway Ave. There is lots of day long free parking there. Maybe I'll try some long exposure, sunrise is around 8am.

      January 15, 2013

  • Paul D.

    Does everyone have a ride now? I'll be heading out from Kits (MacDonald and Broadway) if you are stuck.

    January 14, 2013

  • Sheila

    I am going out of town, so can't go. But I hope you all have a great time. I am looking forward to seeing the photos.

    January 13, 2013

  • Paul D.

    I live in kits so it is easy for me to pick you up Sheila.

    December 22, 2012

    • Sheila

      Paul sorry for the delay in replying. Do you still have space, If you do could I get a ride please?

      December 28, 2012

    • Sheila

      Paul I have to go out of town next weekend so won't be able to go to Steveston. But thanks for the offer of a ride.

      January 13, 2013

  • James

    like to go !

    January 12, 2013

  • Trish

    I desire a day just like today for our Sunday outing in a few weeks. It was spectacularly beautiful out today. (Did anyone get any photos of it? Yes... post to the January Misc. album!)

    1 · January 3, 2013

    • Trish

      Hi Richard, well, it will depend entirely on weather. If it's cold and raining hard, we'll probably quit at 11 (that's what happened last time - but we still had fun!)... or if it's gorgeous out, some of us will go very early (8am) and may stay until early afternoon. Does that help?

      January 6, 2013

    • Richard W.

      Thanks Trish - yes that's good to know its weather dependent :)

      1 · January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm definately down for this! I'll be there with my SLR and my x10 (year, I downgraded..didn't need all my Nikon digital gear anymore).

    Coming from Coquitlam, so I can give a ride to anyone who needs it in the Tricity area! :)

    January 3, 2013

  • Trish

    All I can say is ho-ly! We have a lot of people coming down. It better be fantastic weather! :)

    December 30, 2012

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