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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stanley Park covers 1,000 acres (400 hectare) of beautiful natural vegetation, lawns, walking trails, bike tracks and other recreational activities. Located at the West End of the city and bounded by English Bay on one side and Coal Harbour on the other it is easily assessable by bus or walking. We actually walked there several times from our Hotel on Robson Street.
We travelled around the park on the free shuttle bus which operates from mid June to mid September. Unless you are particularly fit I recommend you use the bus as a "hop on, hop off" tour as it weaves its way on its 8km trip through the park. Other attractions include the Vancouver Aquarium, rose garden, totem poles and horse drawn tours.
Back in 1888, Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada, dedicated the 405 ha of Stanley Park to "the use and enjoyment of peoples of all colours, creeds, and customs, for all time." More than a century later, it is estimated that about 8 million people visit this beautiful urban park every year, making it one of Vancouver's top attractions. There are many ways to visit Stanley Park: the Seawall promenade that goes around the park is about 9 km long, and it includes a walking trail and a bicycle path (you can rent a bike on nearby Denman Street). During summer, you can also hop on board the free Stanley Park Shuttle Bus which goes around the park, making 14 stops near popular attractions and landmarks. These include some beautiful gardens, statues, children's attractions, three beaches, an outdoor swimming pool, the park's famous Totem poles, a nice view of the Lions Gate Bridge, and four restaurants. It is quite easy to spend an entire day in Stanley Park and the best thing is that it doesn't have to cost a dime! Just make sure to bring your camera and wear good walking shoes - Stanley Park is open year round :o)
This park is huge! and it's located just a few blocks from downtown. It offers a magnificent view views of the harbor, bycicle rental to ride all around the seawall. It is home of the Vanocuver aquarium and the Totem pole's park. Definitely a beautiful place to spend an afternoon with your boy/girlfriend.
Canada is so beautiful because of it's fauna. Most of the parks are adorned with beautiful flowers. The front gate of the boarder of Canada is also very inviting because of the Begonia flowers and the Zinnias they planted. The flowers of the begonia are beautiful. It looks like the park is painted if you are at a distance.
The 1,000 acre Stanley Park was opened in 1888, and it features a 5.5 mile seawall perfect for jogging, biking, and walking. Vancouver's first park, it is a busy tourist attraction today with 8 million annual visitors seeing such interesting areas as the aquarium, rose gardens, rhododendron gardens, cricket pavilion, and miles of trails through wetlands, beaches, forests, and lakes. The area was originally used by the British as a strategic military position in the 1860s, but was looked at as parkland in the 1880s. When the park opened it was named after Lord Stanley, also the man whose name adorns the NHL's Stanley Cup. The park became a federal historic site in 1988, 100 years after it was created.
During my visit I entered the park at Lost Lagoon at the foot of Georgia Street. From here I passed under the Stanley Park Causeway toward the Marinas where I got an excellent view of the city of Vancouver. Continuing east, I ran along Coal Harbor to the Brockton Point Lighthouse. Here the seawall trail turns to the northwest, providing a view of the Lion's Gate Bridge and North Vancouver. I ran past the statue of the girl in the wet suit and the children's playground, then turned inland toward the busiest area of the park. I passed several monuments then the Rose Garden before hitting the South Creek Trail to Beaver Lake. I followed Beaver Creek back out to the Burrard Inlet, just south of the Lion's Gate Bridge, then took the most direct route back to my starting point at Lost Lagoon.
I had originally planned to do a loop around the entire southern portion of the park, but the trails were not as well marked as I'd hoped, so I ended up with a great run all along the eastern side of Stanley Park. This is a beautiful area to run, and I truly enjoyed my visit.