2009 Ford Flex Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex: An Olympic Journey Day 7

February 25, 2010

Ford Flex in Stanley Park

With our time at the Olympics sadly over, Team Flex saddled up for our return journey back to the United States. But first, I thought we'd check out one of Vancouver's most visit-worthy landmarks to let everyone get a full appreciation of the city's beauty.

Ford Flex with Totem Poles

Day 7: Vancouver, B.C., to Portland, Oregon
Total Distance: 509 km

Stanley Park juts out from downtown Vancouver into Coal Harbour, an isthmus of trees surrounded by water with the city's skyline on one side and mountains on the other. As you may have noticed on TV, the weather in Vancouver was great and we only needed sweatshirts as we walked around the park's Brockton Point. It's here where you'll find a collection of totem poles, plus a lighthouse and awesome views of the entire area. There's also a constant stream of seaplanes taking off and landing.

Oh, and there was randomly a Chevy Volt in the parking lot. The gent driving it was wearing a Chevy shirt, but there was no show or circumstance regarding the visit. It seemed like he was just driving it around. I thought it looked nice in that color.

Chevy Volt in Stanley Park

Sadly, though, we had to depart Vancouver. After a brief lunch stop at Harvey's (more of an Ontario thing, but I managed to find one of six in Vancouver), we set off with Portland as our ultimate destination. Unfortunately, it never dawned on me that we'd be driving through Seattle at rush hour. What should have been a 4.5-hour drive turned into a 6.5 hour drive. Oops.

As a parting shot, see if you can spot the flame in the photo below.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 49,593 miles

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