Recently I went hiking up The Chief (Stawamus Chief), a 700m high granite dome that towers above Squamish and the Howe Sound near Vancouver with some friends. The views from there are stunning and the hike well worth it (but that is another story). On the way back we stopped at Lions Bay to grab a coffee and while there I wondered into a lovely little art gallery, known aptly as the Lions Bay Art Gallery. Run by a husband and wife team it sells art by various artists who live around Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. The Gallery is just off the Sea-to-Sky Highway which climbs from the coast through the mountains to Whistler.

www.lionsbayartgallery.com/

I really liked the gallery and some of the work it was showing. Sadly, neither my bank balance or travel allowance (I was about to head back to England) permitted me any indulgence. I also really liked the fact that Michael Tickner, the resident artist and owner, donates 50% of the proceeds from one of his limited edition prints called "Two Points of View" to a local charity. Because of this I shot a 360 panorama of the gallery, which can be seen on panoramicearth.com/9784/North_Vancouver/Lions_Bay_Art_Gallery

So if you happen to be passing that way, drop by and take a look at the art. It makes a great break from the driving and you never know, you may be taking something beautiful and local home with you.

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