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/
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!
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
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 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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.