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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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    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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    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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    Not to be missed.

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Written Jun 7, 2010

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    Stanley Park is a must do when in Vancouver. The park is situated a stones throw from downtown but seems like a lifetime away once you are there. We hired cycles from Reckless bike store in Yaletown and cycled right around the park enjoying the scenery. We were blessed with lovely weather and the few hours that we were there were one of the highlights of our trip. The park gets busy with walkers, joggers, roller bladers as well as cyclists.

    There are various paths that criss cross the park or you can just go round the outside and enjoy the river and sea views.

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    PROSPECT POINT @ STANLEY PARK

    by balhannah Written May 16, 2010

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    Another spot which is a MUST STOP....is PROSPECT POINT LOOKOUT

    The views from here were wonderful! We looked across to the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet and the Lions Gate Bridge. The views of the bridge are excellent, and better still if you happen to see a large Cruise liner pass under the bridge.
    A point of interest here, is a plaque in remembrance of the “Beaver” Vancouver’s first steamship. It capsized on the rocks across from the viewpoint.

    There's also a full restaurant here, shops selling souvenirs, Ice-creams and other refreshments.
    Racoon's sometimes can be seen in this area, we didn't see any, just Squirrel's.
    Another sight you may see, is First Nation carvers carving totem poles with chainsaws. We didn't see this either, but did see a person playing a very unusual musical instrument.

    View of the Bridge from the lookout
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    LANDMARKS IN STANLEY PARK

    by balhannah Written May 16, 2010

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    There were quite a few historic landmarks that we stopped and had a look at as we wound our way around Stanley park.

    Some were the NINE O'CLOCK GUN, a Gun, which is an old English Sea Cannon that was fired to remind fishermen of fishing time limits. It is now fired every evening at 9pm as a time signal and a tradition.

    “THE GIRL IN THE WETSUIT” I wonder if this is Vancouver's answer to Copenhagen's Little Mermaid?

    WAR MEMORIALS, remembering the fallen ......

    and even ROBERT BURNS.....the Scottish poet.

    The website has a good map of Stanley park and where everything is located.

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    TOTEM POLES AT STANLEY PARK

    by balhannah Updated May 16, 2010

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    A stop at the Totem Pole's in Stanley Park really is a must.

    The site, where they are located, was chosen as it had been the location of a massive midden, resulting from years of habitation by the native aboriginal peoples. The midden primarily contained calcined shells, so many of them that they were used to surface Stanley Park's first perimeter road.

    The initial four poles, were from the Alert Bay region on Vancouver Island. Additional Totem poles were purchased from the Queen Charlotte Islands and Rivers Inlet on the central coast of British Columbia.

    On looking closely at the art work, I think the Artist of each and every one, spent a very long time to create each one, using the work tools of that period. I noticed figures of eagles, whales, wolves and frogs. Evidently, the Eagle represents the kingdom of air, the Whale the lordship of the sea, the Wolf is the genius of land, and the Frog is a link between the land and the sea. Interesting!

    Totem poles tell a family's story and marks important events, a bit like a family coat-of-arms.
    The stories can be either real or mythical, in reality, they can also be a combination of the two.
    Sometimes the bodies of important people were buried and placed in a box near the top of the totem pole.
    Located near them, is an interpretive centre containing plenty of information about them, a gift shop for related items and refreshments, and Toilets.

    Back in the 1880's, the First Nations People stopped carving totem poles because the ceremony became illegal in Canada. In 1951, this law was reversed and the First Nations began carving them again.
    There are now 9 totem poles, as in 2009, a new pole carved by Robert Yelton of the Squamish Nation pays tribute to Yelton's mother, Rose, who was one of the last residents of Stanley Park.

    A  couple of the Totem Poles in Stanley Park
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  • A gem

    by Thebestoftheworld Written Aug 5, 2009

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    This is a great place to rent a bike. This was my favorite location in vacouver. After visiting the Totem poles, getting some lunch on the beach, and watching some cricket we took the bikes all around the rest of the city. This is a great city for biking. I was very impressed with the pedestrian and bike friendly paths everywere. There is also a great view as you go over lions gate bridge away from Stanley park. I hope to go back and spend more time in the future. I only had two days.

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    The Totem Poles at Stanley Park

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    There are so many native Indians in Canada. And, so with Washington state. Part of the culture of the native Indians is the carving of totem poles. They carved animals that they see in their surroundings. The famous carvings are actually the salmon fish, the eagles and the bear.

    Stanley Park is very famous because of these towering Totem Poles. Make sure to go to the back of the Totem Poles because there are more that you can see in there. These are well-carved animals that looked like crocodiles.

    The whole group of the Totem Poles Closer look of the totem poles The eagle totem pole The eagle The crocodiles (?)
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    Walk around the Stanley Park

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    It's good to walk. I walked around the park and cut across the park to go to the Japanese Monument which is pretty close to the Vancouver Aquiarium! It must have been two miles!

    There is a pavement used for skaters and there is also a walk way for just pedestrians. A separate pavement for cars (one-way street) is to the right of the walkway.

    Walking is very refreshing especially around Stanley Park because of the view and because of the separated walk-ways which is very safe for tourists. Besides, there is the ocean to the right of the walk-way and the park to the left. You pass by the Totem Poles which made Stanley Park famous for, the Canadian Lady on the round rock, the Canadian-Japanese boat replica, etc. The walk is so pleasant because you can actually smell of the saltiness of the ocean breeze.

    The horse-driven carriage passes you by carrying a dozen of tourists going to visit the Totem Poles. Or, some tourists in their cars are passing by enroute going to the Capilano Bridge!"

    Walk way at Stanley Park with the view of Vancouve The street sign People just walking around Stanley Park The seagulls at the park
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    The replica of the first Japanese ship

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    Just after the "Little Mermaid" along the walk way passing the Totem Poles at Stanley Park, is another lookout of the North Vancouver. In this look out, a replica of the figurehead of the S.S. Empress of Japan which plied the waters of Vancouver for 31 years (1891-1922). The original carving was restored by the Vancouver Province in 1960.

    Per the landmark, it says that in the old days, Japan came to Canada to trade.

    The replica of the Japanese Empress Ship The landmark The view where the landmark is The Lions Gate Bridge The seagulls at the park
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    Visit the Stanley Park

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    There are three very famous and very cheap place to visit in Canada: Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and the Capilano Bridge. All you need is a car and drive to these parks. There are no fees to pay. Unlike other places. It is a nice drive to Stanley Park. The place is beautiful overlooking the water and the city of Vancouver. You will also find a lot of people just walking around, exercising, biking, skating, chatting, sitting down or just plain relaxing. There are Indian totel poles that are the landmark of Stanley Park.

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    Visit Stanley Park

    by wilsonjw Written Dec 30, 2008

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    Stanley Park is a great place to visit. It's a very large park, surrounded by an urban area, that is full of different attractions. I enjoy hiking, so that's my focus, but there's something for everyone here, from the Vancouver Aquarium to the Miniature Railway & Children's Farm.

    There are a number of geocaches hidden within Stanley Park, as well.

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    Stanley Park

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 5, 2008

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    Stanley Park is truly a walker's paradise right in the heart of the city. It's one of the largest urban parks in North America, with 400 hectares of woodlands, gardens, flowers, trails, lakes, beaches and wildlife.
    One can circumnavigate the park via the seawall or take the road less traveled around Lost Lagoon or Beaver Lake to view the resident geese, swans and raccoons. 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.

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