Last week, a reader told me about a place in Richmond I’ve passed many times but had never noticed. Flight Path Park is on Sea Island, right across from the BCIT Aerospace Centre and directly below many an airplane’s path.
With mighty mountains in the distance and YVR’s runways spread out before you, you can watch as planes and helicopters come in for landing, AND have a picnic!
My friend Alejandro agreed to join me for the afternoon, specifically with the goal of making a short video (his girlfriend Marnie helped me with the first 365 picnic film – these two clearly love their outdoor lunches).
We picked a splendid day for it.
It’s open for breakfast and lunch, and while they do a lot of catering (including in-flight), you can also get takeout or dine in. The menu is pretty simple – a variety of breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, paninis, soups, and salads; we opted for a roast beef panini ($6.99) and meatloaf burger ($6.99), with a side of pea soup ($2) and coleslaw ($3.25).
With our lunch ready to go, we drove back to the park and set about making our film, the premise of which we decided on approximately 30 seconds before we started filming it (I like to think spontaneity adds colour). Because we’d forgotten a picnic blanket, we used Alejandro’s bouldering crash pad which, as you’ll see in the video, can conveniently be worn as a backpack!
The park has an open field, as well as a number of picnic tables and a paved kids’ area with a battered windsock at its centre.
From the flagpole, directions are marked out towards various domestic and international cities, and there’s a plaque describing all the different planes that fly out of YVR.
Perfect for those who like birdwatching, but prefer the birds to be made out of metal.
Lunch was pretty basic, but filling.
The meals came with bags of potato chips, and our favourite sandwich of the two was the roast beef panini.
It wasn’t exactly glamorous looking, but it was hearty, and had a yummy spread of horseradish in it.
The meatloaf burger was enormous, but unfortunately the meat itself was rather dry.
Oddly enough, it has inspired me to make meatloaf at home in the near future, because while this dish so often gets laughed at, when it’s good, it is SO GOOD!
The soup was tasty, and the coleslaw was exactly what we expected – mayo-y and crunchy. Sideslip Café doesn’t do fancy food, but it is an easy way to pull together a picnic.
We watched a few more from there, then headed home so Alejandro could edit this little diddy together. What a talented guy. Enjoy!
*Flight Path Park is getting a facelift! Click here to check out the plans. Also, a huge thank you to Karen for the tip!
Cash and cards accepted
Vegetarian options available (including a falafel burger and veggie panini)