If you only have a few hours in Vancouver and you don't know what to do, you HAVE to visit Stanley Park. This is Vancouver's "jewel" - Vancouver's pride and joy. A park unlike any other. If you can only see one thing in Vancouver, this is it.
Stanley Park is 1000 acres of forest and gardens, surrounded by a 5.5 mile long seawall and miles of beach. It's one of the largest urban parks in North America, and has gorgeous views where ever you go! You can literally spend days in this park and still discover new areas. Stanley Park is technically a peninsula on the north-west tip of downtown. Three quarters of the park is surrounded by water, which gives the park its many beaches. The park consists of second-growth forest (forest that had once been logged in the late 1800's - but you wouldn't know!). It's a little piece of wilderness in downtown, complete with lakes, streams, wildlife (like raccoons, squirrels, porcupines, skunks), and lots of lush green vegetataion. If wilderness isn't your thing, there are also many manicured gardens throughout the park, such as Lost Lagoon, the Rhododendron gardens, the Rose Garden, Brockton Point, Prospect Point, Second Beach, Third Beach, and the totem poles. Even Lumberman's Arch is a great place to drop by for a great view of the Lions Gate Bridge, and perhaps a quick peak into the public viewing spots at the Vancouver Aquarium. Bring your camera and a good pair of walking shoes (ie: not high heels or anything that can be ruined if it gets wet or dirty!) - you'll never stop taking pictures, and you'll never stop walking!
Favorite thing: This picture is of an area not far from the bridge and at the start of Stanley Park. ( Stanley Park is a huge park that has been untouched and kept natural with huge old trees, ponds,wild ducks, geese etc. 5 miles of walking and bike trails)( MUCH OF IT ON THE OCEAN FRONT.) I missed my turn off here to go to the Sylvia Hotel which is close. I had to cross the bridge and then return to take my street to the Hotel.
Visit Stanley Park and all its attractions. The totems (pic), aquarium, beaches, hiking trails, it's all great for a fun-filled afternoon!
Fondest memory: What's best about Vancouver is the city bustle in a sizable package. You'll find the best shops, the coolest bars and clubs and the most beautiful sights all closeby. Add the mild climate and gorgeous mountain backdrops and you won't want to leave. Unfortunately, I had to...
Stanley Park is a must when you come to Vancouver in the summer right in the heart of the downtown and you must rent a powerboat from Reed Point Marina costs about $60/HR and cruise down to Indian Arm or head to downtown waterfront and you don't need to have ever powered a boat before as you will get an intorductory course approx 15mins and that is all you will need.
Second largest Chinatown in North America,Little India on Main st and little Italy on Commercial Drive,great diversity and great entertainment.
Oh i can go on and on forever but the best part of Vancouver and Canadians is it's people they will go out of their way to help and wellcome you.
Tour Stanley Park -- the emerald gem of the city! There are not (m)any urban parks like this: 1,000 acres of tall trees, well-maintained paths, bike trails, lovely vistas, sandy beaches, a fantastic Aquarium, cricket oval, playgrounds, marina, a great oceanside pool, seafood restaurants, tennis courts, putting green, the Rowing Club, rose gardens ... need I say more?
Oh, yes -- don't feed the raccoons at Prospect Point! They're cute, but they bite!
Fondest memory: When I'm not in Vancouver, I miss the sushi restaurants. Not only do we have a lot of sushi places of every price range, but the fish is really fresh!
Also, when I'm away I miss waking up to English Bay and the North Shore mountains.
If you have never been to Vancouver before, first place that any local would probably show you is the huge and beautiful Stanley Park.
The stunning views to the downtown core and the Northshore mountains is not to be missed.
The park hosts tress that are not only gigantic, but also some as old as Christopher Columbus.
Fondest memory: The fresh, crisp clean mountain sea air is one of the many things that I miss about Vancouver when away. Not to mention, the scenery.
spend a day in Stanley Park. You can bike, rollerblade, jog along the sea wall. There are driveways for cars as well, but unless you absolutely can not be part with your four-wheel friend, leave it behind.
Fondest memory: Vancouver is famous not only for its scenary. Everywhere you go, people are very nice and friendly. Motorists will patiently wait behind
you at intersections(at least in my experience)
while you day dream and forget to notice the light has just turned green.
visit Stanley Park. If I lived in Vancouver, I would probably go to Stanley Park all the time. I would move to the park...I'd be known as the wild man that lives in Stanley Park :)
I'm exaggerating. S.P. has trails for hiking, lakes, an aquarium, and so on.... And, people walk, jog, bike, rollerblade on the seawall which surrounds the park. And, don't forget the beaches.
Fondest memory: The picture is of me standing inside of Hollow Tree in S.P. You can either drive or hike to the tree.
Visit Stanley Park,sea wall walk and Vancouver Aquarium.An in-expensive way to enjoy a day taking in breath taking scenery and fresh air.The best time to do the sea walk is when the tide is out.
Fondest memory: Exploring sea life on the beach when the tide is low.
Wandering through the trails in Stanley Park is certainly an activity that should be experienced when visiting Vancouver.
Fondest memory: When I am away from Vancouver I miss the sound and the smell of the sea...as soon as I arrive back I am sitting on a bench on the seawall with my eyes closed listening to the waves..
a must visit is Stanley Park - what a sight for sore eyes . With more than 400 hectares of lawn , foerst and waterfront , Vancouver's versatile urban park can be a place for sweet serenity .
Fondest memory: I enjoyed just watching people walk through this park , whether you were with your sweetheart , family members or simply just relaxing on the grass .
Stanley Park is amazing. So is North Vancouver with Grouse Mountain. Vancouver is a really natural and beautiful city. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to do outdoor activities (like me). There are many interesting surrounding areas, such as Victoria and Tofino.
Fondest memory: So far, I really enjoyed a trip I took with my school agency (www.eslvancouver.com). We went on a picnic in Stanley Park. That is what is so amazing about the city. One second you are in the city, the next second you can be in nature. I really enjoyed the first meeting with so many good friends.
go to Stanley Park and walk or rollerblade around the Seawall, take the Skyride up to Grouse Mountain, cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge, do some shopping in Granville Island and Robson Street (but buy your souvenirs in the dollar stores -- they're way cheaper!).
Fondest memory: Oh the scenery.. The picture below was taken at the Stanley Park seawall with the downtown Vancouver skyline at the background. More info and pics on Stanley park are in my travelogue.
Spend the day in Stanley Park - walk around the seawall (about 2 hours), swim in the ocean or the outdoor pool, stroll nature's pathways through the park, rent a bike and cycle, stop for fish and chips on the beach while watching the big cruise-ships go by, see the gardens in bloom, watch the sun go down while sipping on an iced latte...
Fondest memory: Whenever I come back to Vancouver from anywhere, I realize how much I love the air, the green, the sight of the ocean, mountains and the parks, and that this is accessible to anyone!
walk through Stanley Park - although I didn't enjoy it very much, it's like 3 big highways: one for walking, one for biking, and one for roller-blading !!
Fondest memory: 1th of July is Canada-Day. Exactly on this day (out trip lastet 20 days, started in New York and ended in Seattle) we were in Vancouver. Up to this day we have crossed Canada and have not yet seen a Mountie in his red uniform.
In Vancouver I saw the first one, and guess what he was doing? Being photo-model all the day - smiling when being photographed with all the tourists. One of the tourists was me!