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    Stanley Park

    by Arial_27 Written Mar 16, 2014

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    Stanley Park was opened in 1888, named after Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada at the time. It is a must-see in Vancouver, heavily visited by tourists as well as locals!

    The Park itself is huge, having some 404 hectares (1001 acres). The views from Stanley Park are gorgeous at any time of year. I visited in January and still loved the sights. It was actually very nice coming at this time of year as it was likely much less crowded than it probably gets in the summer months.

    There is so much to see and admire in the park. There is a 22 km seawall, a wonderful place to just relax and stroll while you talk to family or friends, or walk your dog. Lots and lots of trails, gardens. The largest attraction in Stanley Park is probably the set of 8 totem poles at Brockton Point. They say that this may be the largest tourist attraction in British Columbia.

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    Stanley Park

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 18, 2013

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    Sitting on the Western edge of Downtown, Stanley park is one of largest urban parks in existance. It juts out into the bay which gives it a feel of being in the middle of nowhere despite being next door to downtown Vancouver. The park is ringed by the paved seawall trail that extends about 15 miles from Canada Place to Kitsalano Park.

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    Stanley Park

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 20, 2013
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    Stanley Park was opened in 1888, named after Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada at the time. It is a must-see in Vancouver, heavily visited by locals and tourists alike.

    Lord Stanley threw his arms to the heavens, as though embracing within them the whole of one thousand acres of primeval forest, and dedicated it 'to the use and enjoyment of peoples of all colours, creeds, and customs, for all time. I name thee, Stanley Park. (quote on the Statue of Lord Stanley)

    The Park itself is huge, having some 404 hectares (1001 acres). The views from Stanley Park are magnificent. There is a 22 km seawall around the park, a wonderful place to just relax. Lots and lots of trails, gardens. I was quite taken by the old growth forests inside the park, for example.

    One of the biggest attractions in Stanley Park is the set of 8 totem poles at Brockton Point. They say that this is the single largest tourist attraction in British Columbia.

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    First Nation totems

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 20, 2013

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    These are located in Stanley Park at Brockton Point, on the eastern edge of the park.

    there was a very nice collection of eight totems, characteristic of the First Nation tribes of the Pacific Northwest, these are one of the most popular tourist attractions in both Vancouver as well as British Columbia.

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    A walk in the Park...and a nice meal

    by mccalpin Updated Jan 8, 2013

    First, Stanley Park is beautiful, a heavily forested park larger than Central Park in New York. And, unlike Central Park, there is a walkway at sea level (so, quite flat) all the way around the Park.

    The reference in the Wikipedia article on the Park to the seawall path being 14 miles long is completely misleading...they're counting all the trail that runs through the city and along the coast away from the park as well. Since the park itself is only 1.5 square miles, the seawall path around the Park itself is more like 5.5 miles...

    However, the big deal is the elevation of the Park. I couldn't find a reference to the elevation of the Park at its height, but when I was there long ago, I decided to start at the southwest corner of the Park in town, and walk clockwise.

    I knew that there was a restaurant at the highest point of the Park, on the north south of the peninsula, near the bridge (see the map at Stanley Park website)

    OK, so a nice 2.5-3 mile walk on perfectly flat path along the water to get to the far side, then I would go up to eat at the Prospect Point Cafe (Cafe website). Sounds good, huh? (actually, the salmon on fettucine was VERY good)...but I didn't realize that getting up to the cafe involved walking straight up several hundred feet (so it seemed) up a series of switchback stairs. I was a reasonably healthy 35-year-old at the time, and I was quite winded when I got to the top.

    So, clue #1 - if you're walking to the cafe, walk through the park, not along the seawall trail.
    Clue #2 - if the hilly terrain in the park to too tough to walk (does anyone know the elevation?), then look into taking a taxi up there (if possible, I assume it is).
    Clue #3 - eat at one of the OTHER places to eat in the park ;-) - see
    Dining in Stanley Park.

    But, there's no doubt, the park is a lovely place...

    P.S. I walked back to town through the Park, but it was all downhill then ;-)

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    A must!!

    by oceania26 Written Jun 1, 2012

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    If you can, dedicate a day to Stanley Park, it's definitely worth it especially if you walk the whole seawall. It's not difficult at all and while take you a few hours but the views are great all around. There's washrooms, water fountains, benches and places to eat along the way. Alternatively you can rent a bike from one of the shops on Denman - I saw a sign for $5/hour.

    The aquarium is also worth a visit if you have the time.

    You can also get a map of the park to help you plan your route.

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    Prospect Point in Stanley Park

    by Ann75 Written Jan 24, 2012

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    If you are driving through the park you will most likely drive by Prospect Point, which is a little bit higher up in the park. From up here you have a great view over the Lions Gate Bridge, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and the ocean. There are also displays about the big wind storm that pounded Vancouver in December 2006. The winds were westerly and devastated this area of Stanley Park and blew down tons of trees in Stanley Park and damage some of the cliff which ultimately damaged the seawall below. They have rebuild a lot in this area and the seawall below is open again after lengthy repairs and repaving.

    There is the Prospect Point cafe up here, which is great place to enjoy a little snack or a full meal. There is also a gift shop, washrooms and more. Once you have purchased a parking ticket you can use it on all the parking lots/spots throughout Stanley Park.

    *Parking fees:
    Spring/Summer (April 1 - September 30 from 6.00am until 9.00pm): $3 hourly or $10 for the whole day.
    Fall/Winter: (October 1 - March 31 from 7.00am until 6.00pm): $2 hourly or $5.00 for the whole day.

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    Visit the Totem Poles in Stanley Park

    by Ann75 Written Jan 24, 2012

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    You will also find a little bit of Vancouver's native history. While in Stanley Park don't miss the beautiful totem poles. These are a very popular attraction in the park and give a glimpse of the native history from that area among the beautiful scenery found in and around Stanley Park. There are displays about the history, a gift shop and of course the beautiful totem poles. If you visit in the summer, you might choose to visit the earlier in the morning or later in the day as it can get quite busy here.

    Vancouver is a city steeped in native aboriginal traditions, so it was only logical that an Indian Village display be constructed to honor those traditions. The display initially included four traditional totem poles. By 1936 many additional totems were purchased from neighbouring islands. Some of the oldest totem poles, carved in the late 1880s, unfortunately began to succumb to the elements. The majority of the totem poles you see today are replicas of the originals, which were sent to numerous museums for preservation sake.

    One totem however, is a fairly recent addition and brings the total number of totems to nine. This new totem was carved in 2009 by a member of the Squamish Nation as a tribute to his mother, as she was one of the last original residents of Stanley Park.

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    Cycling in Stanley Park

    by Ann75 Updated Jan 24, 2012

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    A great way to explore Stanley Park is by bike. There is a designated bike path that you can follow all the way around Stanley Park and if you feel ambitious you can bike all the way around English Bay along False Creek to Granville Island. And if you still want to bike more you can continue along the Vanier Park, Kitsilano Beach and all the way to UBC. This bike route is approximately 25km (16 mi)one way.

    There are several bike rentals near the park to choose from. You can rent bikes by the hour, half day or a full day...the choice is up to you! Here are a few to chose from:
    *Stanley Park Cycle
    *Bayshore Bike Rentals
    *Vancouver Bike Rental
    *English Bay Bike Rentals

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    A green oasis just minutes from downtown Vancouver

    by Ann75 Written Oct 28, 2011

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    If you visit Vancouver then you should definitely take some time out to visit Stanley Park. The seawall is the most populair attraction for walking, biking or inline skating. There is a beautiful view around every corner. You'll get some great view of downtown Vancouver, the Lions Gate Bridge, North & West Vancouver with the mountains as a backdrop, the beaches, English Bay and more.

    Stanley Park is a favourite for tourists as well as locals. This park is a 405 hectare (1,001 acre) urban park sitting on a peninsula attached to downtown Vancouver. There is a paved trail that circles that park which is called the "seawall". This seawall is about 9km (5.5mi) long and is created for pedestrians, cyclists and inline skaters. Much of the park is still forested with tons of trees that stand as tall as 76m (249ft) and are almost a hundred years old. There are approximately 200 km (120 mi) of trails and roads in the park.

    Stanley Park is home to some great landmarks such as Siwash Rock and the totem poles There are also several great things to do with the whole family such as a visit to the Aquarium which is located right in the park. There are several landmarks, attractions, gardens, beaches, restaurants and more.

    To walk all the way around the park it takes at least a couple of hours, if you plan on stopping at all the different sights then you can easily count on 3 to 4 hours. A great way to explore the park is to rent a bike (more on that in another tip).

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    Visit the Prospect Point

    by joiwatani Written Sep 28, 2011

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    This is where you see the beautiful Lion's Gate and an spectacular view of the North Vancouver. Prospect Point is actually at the tip of Stanley Park and on an edge of a hill that is fenced for safety precautions for visitors and tourists. It has a great view deck where you can look down where you can see ships passing by going to the ports of Canada.

    At a distance you can see the Gross Mountain and across the Lion's Gate Bridge, you can see some beautiful housing.

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    Cycling around Stanley Park

    by SurfaceTravel Written Aug 7, 2011
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    Stanley Park has 8.8 km of "Sea Wall" trails circumnavigating the park, most of it along the edge of the ocean or beach. They are paved and well-marked, usually have paths designated for cyclists or pedestrians, and even have a defined one-way system. This allows for super safe cycling with no arguments over path space. You can stop at pretty much any spot and it will be scenic and a great spot for a picnic. There are also the dozens of attractions to see within the park itself. Aside from the Sea Wall, the interior of the park has a web of other trails, some of which are gravel, but still fine for the tourist rental bikes with their thick tyres. Most of these trails go through woods.

    Search the web, the Yellow Pages, or ask the hotel concierge about bike rental places - there are dozens. There is at least one just a block from the main park entrance. If it's a nice day, you may want to arrive early rather than late before all the bikes are rented out. The shops also have bicycle trailers for infants and piggy-back cycles, where the front is attached to a parents' cycle.

    It makes for a brilliant day out for the whole family, healthy and cheap.

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    Garden Galore

    by Minnieg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Stanley Park., this 1,000 acres (400 hectares) park sits in the heart of Vancouver and offers a majestic view of the city while you enjoy the beauty of nature in one setting! Some highlights that the park has to offer are the Panoramic view of Vancouver City and the Lion’s Gate Bridge near Lookout Point

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    Lost Lagoon, in Stanley Park

    by rmdw Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park

    Stanley Park is one of the true gems of Vancouver! It's a multi-use park that has a great history in the city and with citizens and repeat visitors alike. It's a glorious natural oasis in the midst of an urban jungle.

    And the true heart of Stanley Park is Lost Lagoon, a large pond on its southeastern corner. When you visit the Park be sure to take a leisurely stroll around Lost Lagoon. Bring a camera but be careful to look down once in a while because there are a lot of birds that make their home there!

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    Stanley Park

    by sunnywong Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Prospect Point at Stanley Park

    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 the world-famous natural park, mainly forest with nature trails, but including a fine rose garden and the Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver's top visitor attraction. Several good restaurants are located within the park with lots of picnic areas and places for relaxing.

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