The station was busy today even though it is Sunday but I gather it usually has a lot of comings and goings. Besides being home to VIA Rail it is also a bus depot.
When I walked in one of the first things I saw was the clock. There to remind travellers how much time they have before departing.
The ceiling was the next thing that got my attention. So I sat on a bench and leaned back to take a photo.
Everywhere I looked I could see the present mixed with the past. Like the sign for a popular eatery.
Right beside an old style light. The beauty of the past is evident whichever direction I looked in.
It is so elegant that it almost seems criminal to make too much noise in here. And everyone I saw seemed to respectful of each other and the surroundings. Garbage wasn't littering the floor nor is there graffiti on the benches. I didn't check to see if anyone had put used gum under them but somehow I doubt it. This does not seem like a place where you would do that.
I remember watching a movie with Lorenzo Lamas and I didn't realize it was filmed in Vancouver until I saw him running through this station.
Across the street is Thornton Park, named for Sir Henry W. Thornton a US born civil engineer who was President of CN Railway from 1922-1932.
Greeting visitors to the park is Barbora.
Keeping with the female theme are the marble benches and pedestal that are a tribute to the massacre on December 6, 1989 at the University of Montreal. Where a man murdered fourteen women in a fight against feminism.
This would be an ideal place to rest while waiting for your train or bus. A place to enjoy the abundance of nature without straying too far.
Even though it was lightly raining for part of my walk it was a nice experience. I passed a road crew and the guys were joking with one another. One even came over and talked with me for a few minutes. I thought it was a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon though I have to tell you. After spending weeks in shorts and sandals it felt so restricting to wear jeans and runners!
I hope you find the beauty that surrounds you.
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