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by Wildcat Dianne
September 29, 2004
We got an all-day bus pass from the 7-11 near our hotels and got on the bus to Stanley Park. We were let off at the beginning of the park, from where we proceeded to the information center. The park's trails are about 30 miles long, and we decided it would be best to shuttle around to see what the park was like before walking.
The lady at the information center told us to take the shuttle from the stop across the road to look around. A shuttle came shortly after and we climbed aboard. The lady driver, Mary, was a New Zealander with a very pleasant personality and who was very willing to recommend where to go within the park. Mary highly recommended we go to Prospect Point, where there are great views and a good restaurant. So that is what Ellen and I did. We were very happy with Mary's cheery disposition and willingness to help that we left her a little tip as we left the shuttle.
Stanley Park is located as you go towards North Vancouver. It is surrounded by the Burrard Inlet and English Bay and is an oasis of trees and woods in the middle of the city. To Ellen and me, it was the most beautiful and clean park we have seen in a long time. Prospect Point is located about halfway around the park on Burrard Inlet. Mary wasn't wrong about saying it was the most scenic part of the park, and Ellen and I spent a couple of hours there eating lunch and taking pictures of the Lion's Gate Bridge from the lookout. A wild raccoon was looking at all of the tourists from behind a fence in amazement. He didn't run when I took a close-up of him. Ellen was in awe over all of the tall pine trees and lush woods. I have seen a lot of tall pine trees in my 12 years living in Idaho, but this place never ceases to amaze me with its beauty.
Stanley Park is a welcome respite for tourists and locals who need to get away from the city but don't have the time or money to leave town. It is well worth a day's trip or more when you visit Vancouver.
From journal "I Have a Feeling I'm Not in Idaho Anymore, Loki!"--My Trip to Vancouver.
West Chester, Pennsylvania
September 1, 2004
From journal 2 Days in Vancouver
by Rico and the Fiddler
Misison Viejo, California
May 10, 2004
From journal At one with the Killer Whale in BC
New York, New York
June 30, 2003
Choose between walking, kayaking, in-line skating, biking, the Science Center, Rose Garden, Lost Lagoon, Vancouver Aquarium, or beach combing. There is something for everyone here.
Parking is only $4 per day and there is even a free shuttle bus that operates daily.
The bike trail was freshly paved and flawless. It was divided perfectly into sections for bikers and walkers so as to minimize congestion.
My favorite part of the afternoon was the amazing views I was treated to as I biked around the perimeter of the park. The ocean was always in view and the scenery constantly changing from sandy beaches to grassy parks to rocky shores.
The ride itself was not challenging and basically flat, so it's not to be used as a cardio workout. However, it's well worth it to see the park from this viewpoint. You would miss so much of it in a car or by walking. I found myself stopping many times to appreciate the scenery.
In a couple areas you have to get off and walk your bike through public places and in two areas around some dangerous curves. I can only imagine how many cyclists have gone off the trail and into the rocks below.
This is one activity that is not to be missed!
From journal Vancouver - Outdoors
by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
June 21, 2003
Yes, there’s lots of history to the park. But I really don’t want to get into all of that here--I’m sure if you want to read up on all the specifics of this fabulous park, you’ll have no trouble finding that information elsewhere. There are oodles of picnic areas, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, etc., but when I headed over here, the one thing I really wanted to do was rent a bike and make the trek around the park via the expertly planned out Seawall Walk, a paved double path with enough room to accommodate rollerbladers, joggers, walkers, and bicyclists.
I walked to the park from downtown and stopped on the way at Bikes N’ Blades, 718 Denman Street (604/602-9899), to rent a bicycle for a few hours. The guys there were very cool, and I think I paid something like C$3 an hour for a bike that put mine back home to shame. I felt like I was pedaling a chariot descended from heaven. Helmets are "required" in Vancouver, but I declined the offer and didn’t catch any flack from the pleasant policemen whom I intermittently encountered on the Seawall. Yeah, I could get hurt if for some reason I wiped out, but hey, at least I’d look cooler doing it than if I were wearing a helmet! Yes, that’s me, Mr. Fashion-Conscious. By the way, the cost of a bike rental also includes a lock.
If you enter the park at Denman Street, the whole trek around the park is around 9km and is mostly flat. The cool breeze coming off the water was invigorating, and the views of the bay, North Vancouver, and the surrounding mountains were, for lack of a better word, awesome. You’ll probably be snapping photos left and right, doing your best to emulate Cindy Sherman, albeit with different subject matter. Just make sure that you ride on the correct side of the path, or the locals will be quick to point out you’re wrong (their way of assuring you that they’re not a tourist). You’ll get caught up in the views and want to see what’s around the next corner, but don’t forget to stop at a prime vantage point to sit and soak it all in while relaxing on one of the many waterfront benches.
From journal ". . .and then the clouds lifted"
Auckland, United Kingdom
December 18, 2002
There are various attractions in the park - the Aquarium, Totem poles, the Lost Lagoon, various statues and sculptures. Most of all though, its nice to just for a wander around the park away from the city. You could easily spend an entire day just chilling out here - the park is pretty huge and you have a choice of walking through open fields, following the tree trails or the walkway along the coast.
The trail paths are marked but an overall map of Stanley Park would be useful if you’re just wandering about - there's a lot of space to cover.
From journal Two weeks in Vancouver
October 4, 2002
Stanley Park is about 1000 acres in downtown Vancouver on the harbour. You will enjoy many gardens with beautiful flowers and be surrounded by very tall trees.
You can sit and relax on the grassy areas or if you prefer, take a seat by the ocean on the many beaches you'll find in the park.
If you are just wanting to relax in beautiful surroundings, Stanley Park is the place to go.
From journal Vancouver - Ski/Kayak on the same day!
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
August 16, 2002
It is located at the northwestern tip of the Vancouver peninsula at the base of the Lions Gate Bridge connecting downtown Vancouver with North Vancouver, within minutes of the hussle and bussle of the financial district. Its primary purpose is that of preservation of the giant trees that forested the entire region in bygone days.
Upon entering the park, you'll find a one direction street taking you entirely around the perimeter with several cut-through streets. There is a gorgeous view of the downtown Vancouver skyline across the bay complete with a stunning statue of an athletic runner. Countless plaques and statues can be found throughout the park.
Canada Place, with it's billowy white tent-like toppings on the building, is across the bay and home to cruise ship dockings. This is also where you can access the Vancouver Yacht Club and Deadman's Island off to your right in the harbor.
Next on the drive around the park comes Totem Park with it's multiple totem poles and souvenir shop complete with cart vendors selling refreshments and restrooms. Old-fashioned horse-drawn carriages and motorized cable-car styled trolleys can take you on a tour if desired.
At the northeastern point of the peninsula is a charming red and white lighthouse and statue of the "Girl in a Wetsuit" sitting on a rock out in the English Bay Harbor.
If you go on a Sunday you might catch a game or two of Cricket taking place on the expansive grassy lawns.
A leisurely cup of tea or lunch can be enjoyed at the Tea House Restaurant (see my journal entry on this restaurant), one of three full service restaurants within Stanley Park.
This is also the home of the Vancouver Aquarium, gorgeous rose gardens, Prospect Point lookout,a hollowed out tree trunk in the red cedar forest that the kids will love to stand in, tennis courts, lawn bowling, children's farmyard and miniature railway, 3 beaches, swimming pool and water playground,pitch and Putt Golf, waterfront on the bay with fantastic sunrises and sunsets, forests, and total serenity.
If you are a walker, this park is for you with its sidewalk seawall encircling the entire park. It would be easy to spend a whole day in the park.
Take a picnic lunch to leisurely enjoy the outdoors. Be sure to take your camera. Remember the kites and bubbles for the kids. Gray Line Bus Company services the park from downtown Vancouver.
Every town should have a retreat as wonderful as Stanley Park. When can we go again!
There is a terrific website at www.seestanleypark.com that is very intricate with all the details you might need to plan a day or two in the park.
From journal Planes, Trains, and Ferry Boats to Vancouver
March 9, 2001
From journal Three days in Vancouver
January 23, 2001
From journal Vancouver - Canada's Pearl of the Pacific