The Lions

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This is a photo I took a few days ago (before the rain!) of “The Lions,” two magnificent peaks that stand guard over Vancouver, on its northern shore. The peaks are reflecting in Capilano Lake and the shot was taken in North Vancouver’s Cleveland Park.

It is good to note that before being renamed, one of the region’s original inhabitants, the Squamish people, called these majestic peaks Ch’ich’iyúy Elxwíkn (“Twin Sisters”). The story goes that they were created by the Sky Brothers (or Transformers) after twin sisters of the Squamish nation married twin brothers of the Haida nation, thus setting in motion the end of a lengthy war that had raged between the two peoples. Their descendants still live in the region around the peaks.

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