I grew up in Vancouver, quite close to the ocean, and the sights and sounds of a working harbour are deeply embedded in my awareness. Also the smells of diesel and the salt water tang. So it's only natural that when we have a few free days here I gravitate to the working harbour. These tugs are moored at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Cates tugboats have been around here for decades and they haven't changed a bit.
This view across the harbour from North Van shows the seabus heading towards a fully loaded Hyundai freighter, with the sails of the Pan Pacific Hotel to the right. No matter how fancy the buildings get, the real soul of Vancouver remains its working harbour.