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Building rock habitats for penguins and other customers

Partners Ryan Spong and Mark MacIsaac create naturalistic pools and rock formations

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An African penguin jumps out of the water at the Vancouver Aquarium. Its habitat, called Penguin Point, was inspired by Boulders Beach in South Africa. The habitat was designed by Aquarium designer Doug Munday, and the rock elements were constructed by Raincity Rock and Waterscapes of Vancouver.

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African penguins swim in their habitat at the Vancouver Aquarium. The “rock” formations were built by Raincity Rock and Waterscapes, which was founded by longtime friends Ryan Spong and Mark MacIsaac.

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The rock formations at the Penguin Point exhibit were modelled after South Africa’s Boulders Beach, the flightless birds’ native home. The birds are on loan from Boston’s New England Aquarium.

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Here is some of Raincity’s work at the Parkside Victoria Resort and Spa.

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Raincity also created formations at Adera Development’s Green, a condo in Burnaby, B.C., where it built a multi-level weir system. A stream flows down several rock faces, under the round-about entrance and into a pond in the centre of the circular driveway.

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Naturalistic landscapes are an especially effective selling tool in high-end spec homes, says Ryan Spong of Raincity. This design was made for the Butt residence in Anmore, B.C.

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A Raincity rock design at Hot Springs Cove, in Tofino, B.C.

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