Stanley Park, Vancouver
I was very disappointed that we ran out of time to take the Horse Drawn tour of Stanley park.
The cost of this tour was included in our Vancouver card, which we had purchased for sightseeing in Vancouver.
We saw it, and passed it in Stanley park, what a great way to get around and to see the sites, clip, clop, clip, clop, a nice slow pace, and ideal for taking many photo's without any glare, as it is open air.
A guide fully narrates the tour which passes byDeadman's Island, Vancouver's Harbour, Lions Gate Bridge, a Coastal Red Cedar Forest, and includes stops at the Totem Poles, the Girl in a Wet Suit Statue, the S.S. Empress of Japan Figurehead, and the Rose Garden.
Tickets available only at the Horse-Drawn Tour Kiosk in Stanley Park.
Only seating for 20 people.
Departs every 30mins.
Cost in 2010......$28.99 Adults....$15.99 .....children [3-12yr old]
Fondest memory: http://www.stanleyparktours.com/
Practically all of Stanley park's trails have been severely damaged from the 3 or 4 winter storms we got here in december 2006.
And the Siwash trail is especially in bad shape since it lies on the west side near the seawall.
The Seawall is also closed indefinitely , as I am writing this on May 15th 2007 , the repairs have not yet started !!!!
So be advised and when you come , you will see how powerfull the winds were .
One motive for my walk through Stanley Park was to see racoons. Some locals I spoke to in Vancouver couldn't quite fathom the enthusiasm I had to see these critters. I guess to Canadians racoons aren't anything special - a bit like possums in New Zealand. However, we don't have many large land animals in my country (no native ones anyway) and racoons have been creatures of stories that I grew up with. Heck, I remember as a primary school kid writing a story about a group of North American animals setting out on a round the world adventure - and the only racoons I had ever seen were in Auckland Zoo!
Well, I had a map of Stanley Park and made for Racoon Trail, where I hoped to spot these animals. All I saw there were black squirrels! Disappointed and giving up hope, I walked up to Prospect Point to photograph the bridge and the view. It was here that I came across racoons! They didn't stick around very long, but obviously knew the best place to hang out to get some morsels of food! The one pictured was having a drink from a water fountain. It was a shame they got frightened off by some noisy kids. I would like to have watched them a bit longer.
archeological evidence has it, Vancouver had settllements of coastal Indians in the year 500 B.C.
Fondest memory: the many scenic locations in and around Vancouver makes this City a memorable stay. I personally enjoyed the beautiful Parks, 180 Parks in the City alone.
the world famous Stanley Park has so much recreational value and is appreciated by tourist and the locals. an area of over 400 hectares operated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
the Park is also well known for the Lost Lagoon, a Bird Sanctuary
A favourite activity of mine is to walk clockwise around part of Stanley Park along the seawall, starting at English Bay and ending up at Third Beach. It's at Third Beach where I climb the stairs to their scenic concession stand and order the usual: a smokie with cooked onions, mustard and relish. I then sit over by the public picnic tables and enjoy my well-deserved rest!
While there are concession stands all over Stanley Park, such as at Lumberman's Arch, the Vancouver Aquarium, Prospect Point and Second Beach, the one at Third Beach is my favourite because it's at one of the quietest but most scenic spots in Stanley Park. While it takes more time to walk over to Third Beach (about a 20 minute walk further along the sea wall from Second Beach), it's almost practically less hectic than the others, guaranteeing you a peaceful, relaxing time.
As well, at Third Beach you feel like you're miles away from the city because all that surrounds you are trees, the beach and the gentle sounds of the ocean.
Fondest memory: It wasn't when I got to Vancouver that I discovered that they claim to have "world famous" fish and chips. You can see a lot of restaurants as well as concession stands selling fish and chips everywhere you go. I didn't try them though. Should have I? (This picture shows a concession stand in Stanley Park selling fish and chips.)
If you in Vancouver just for one day. You'd go here. Why? Because it has an abundance of sights and natural beauty.
But words of warning. Stanley Park is bigger than you think. Walking the park with map in hand means you'll be worn out and will run out of time to see it all.
My suggestion. Hire a bike. There are a few places just outside of the park where you can do this. This way you can ride around the park along the paths. Or for the mildly adventurous: go bush, onto the dirt tracks to get to the more obsure places.
Fondest memory: Vancouver is the one city I've visited which has the best green zones around.
I can't think of another city where you can escape so far into nature and yet still be in the centre of town.
Favorite thing: A walker's paradise right in the heart of the city-400 hectares (1000 acres) of woodlands, gardens, flowers, trails, lakes, benches and wildlife. It's one of the largest urban parks in North America. Circumnavigate the park via the seawall (a brisk 2-hour walk) or take the road less travelled around Lost Lagoon or Beaver Lake to view the resident geese and racoons. Stanley Park is home to the Vancouver Aquarium as well as a children's farmyard, tennis courts, pitch and putt golf course which makes it a great family outing.
Lost Lagoon is a lake at the entrance to Stanley Park, perhaps familiar to some by the works of Canadian poet Pauline Johnson. Lost Lagoon is home to many species of waterfowl, like ducks, swans, geese, etc - almost like a bird sanctuary, full of safe dwellings for the birds to raise their young. Back a century ago, the lake used to be connected to the ocean through an underground channel, so when the tide went out, so did all the water, hence "Lost" Lagoon. The channel has since been blocked, and the water level of Lost Lagoon no longer changes.
Walk around the trails and feed the birds at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park! If you come at dusk, you might be lucky enough to spot the bats hunting around the skies for insects.
Stanley Park is Vancouver's pride and joy. It's the epitome of Vancouver and one of the most beautiful urban parks in possibly the world!
Basically, Stanley Park is a 1000 acre forest, but it's located in downtown Vancouver. Within a matter of minutes you can walk from the downtown core of Vancouver into a peaceful forested park - and the trees are huge! The easily accessable feel of wilderness is half the beauty of Stanley Park. It's literally right at the doorstep of the downtown bustle.
Here you can enjoy the tranquilness of the forested trails, or the quaint beauty of the rose gardens, or you can enjoy live theatre at the open-air concert bowl "Theatre Under the Stars". Or take the seawall around and explore the beaches. Stroll along Lost Lagoon and admire the birds, or go hike to Prospect Point and enjoy the views!
You can spend an entire day at Stanley Park and still not see anything!
Stanley park, located near downtown Vancouver, is a great plcae to spend the day relaxing. If you like biking, rollerblading, or just walking through nature, then head down to Stanley Park.
Fondest memory: Hanging out with some friends in Stanley Park.
Stanley Park is the wooded area to the left in the picture. If you look closely, you can see the Lion's Gate suspension bridge as well.
Stanley Park seawall (con't)
Sunset at Stanley Park (between second beach pool and Ferguson Point).
I took this shot while I was walking around the sea wall.
If it is a nice day, you can time it to arrive this area by shuttle bus at sunset time and enjoy the views.
After you have past the second beach pool, you will find yourself at English Bay, a beach in the heart of downtown!
This picture was taken from the Siwash trail. You can get to the trail from the Stanley Park shuttle bus at the Siwash stop. By the way, all the trails in Stanley Park are very easy walks. You may have to do a lot of walking, but you certainly don't need any heavy duty hiking boots.
If you have the time, I suggest you first take the shuttle to explore the different view points of the park (like the hollow tree, Prospect Point etc). Then once you get back to the totem poles, go on to the seawall and start following the seawall walk. If you want to go right to the West End, then get off at the second beach stop.
Put on good walking shoes for I will take you on a long walk around the downtown peninsula. Allow for at least 3 hours just to walk around the seawall and stopping at various view points. Take the whole day for a full exploration of Stanley Park.
We will start with a walk around the seawall. There are many places that you can begin this trip, let's start from the entrance where it is most convenient whether you want to walk, bike, or roller blade around the park.
This is the entrance near Lost Lagoon in the north east end of the park. Most buses that goes to Stanley Park will stop here. If you want to rent a bike or a pair of roller blades, there are shops near the intersection of Georgia and Denman Street (go to the tourist information centre on Burrard Street near Canada Place first, they have a pamphlet from some local bike shops that includes a discount coupon).
You can walk around Lost Lagoon and watch the birds. This picture was taken there. But go back to the Stanley Park entrance because we are going to walk around the seawall.
There is also a zoo and an aquarium near this entrance. Go explore that area. But since we are going for a walk, let's just focus on that.
Look for the pathway right by the water and stay on the pedestrian lane, the other lane is reserved for cyclists and roller bladers. You will pass by the Vancouver Rowing Club and the yacht club on your right. Continuing on down the seawall there are totem poles and a tourist info centre (coming summer of 2001) on your left.
Then we will reach a lookout point. You can see the port of Vancouver past Canada Place on your right. Can you see the red cranes? Now look towards the north shore, there are yellow hills of sulphur, potash and other things that Canada exports to the rest of the world.
Let's get going again. Watch out for viewpoints along the way and enjoy the scenary, you will find yourself at English Bay after a couple of hours.
There is a shuttle bus that goes around the park during the summer time. If you take public transit to the park, make sure you keep your transfer to use on the shuttle bus; otherwise, it costs $2. The shuttle has numerous stops close to all attractions and view points in the park. You can hop on and off any time you like.
This picture was taken on the Ravine trail shortly after I got off the Ravine trail shuttle stop. You can see bikers and pedestrians walking on the sea wall, with North Vancouver in the background.