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London, England, United Kingdom
September 2, 2011
From journal The beautiful Vancouver
Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
August 13, 2011
From journal Journeying Across Canada
Los Angeles, California
August 30, 2007
I had only a few days in Vancouver before I was moving on and had to make the most of my time. My first full day in Canada I woke up early and walked to Stanley Park; my original intentions was to spend a half day there before moving onto Gas Town. Once there my plans changed. I didn’t realize that this was Vancouver’s equivalent to Central Park in New York. Stanley Park is 404 hectares park/forest, filled with more attractions than Disney World, and the biggest tourist destination that Vancouver has to offer.
There is a path called the Seawall Promenade that winds around the park offering views of the ocean as well as the cargo ships waiting to enter the port. They do offer shuttles that run the perimeter of the park as well. I decided to start off walking. I found that this was the best way to see the most possible, and quickly began stumbling across several attractions the park has. Just off of the main path is a small area dedicated to several totem poles of natives that lived in the area. At the base of each pole is an explanation of what each pole represents.
Once back on the Seawall I passed the 9’o clock gun, which fires each night at 9. The gun is surrounded by a fence, which I though detracted from its interest for me. I walked the trail for about 3 hours without turning off onto one of the side trails. Along the way there was a lighthouse, several large, purple starfish on the rocks below the Seawall, views Lions Gate Bridge, but my favorite was the Girl in a Wetsuit just after Brockton Point. The statute sits on a rock out in the water. Once of her legs is extended down the side of the rock and is said that her toe touches the top of the water at high tide.
Soon after I turned off a trail in search of Beaver Lake. It was exactly what it promised a lake, but I saw no beavers and was surprised to see how over grown this section of the park was in comparison to the other well-manicured areas.
After leaving the lake I became hopelessly lost. Luckily there was a wonderful woman from California who took me under her wing for a while, and not only helped me back to the main gate area, but also took me around the rose garden. Once back at the main gate I wasn’t ready to leave because I hadn’t even seen a ¼ of what the park had to offer, but it started to rain. Instead of trying to continue my tour of the park on foot I jumped on one of the free shuttles that go around the park. This way I got to see the actual forest that I didn’t see while walking along the Seawall and missed out on the rain.
From journal Oh, Canada!
London, United Kingdom
May 29, 2007
Leaving the Sylvia Hotel, we turned right and in about a minute we were in Stanley Park: 1,000 acres of trees, grass, and foot and bike paths. One path follows the perimeter of the park, allowing you to walk, bike, or rollerblade along the waterfront the whole way round. Alternatively, well marked trails weave in and out of the park. Most of it is forested but areas on the eastside are set aside for attractions such as cricket, an aquarium, and a rose garden.
As we walked north towards Third Beach we could see signs of the damage left by the windstorms that swept through the park in December 2006. The park was closed to the public for a while but repair work must have been very swift as paths were clear and any areas of damage were clearly marked or fenced off.
Along the water we spotted herons fishing in the shallows. Closer to Siwash Rock we saw a cautious raccoon scampering through the ivy although he gathered up enough courage to investigate closer to the footpath. We turned back at Siwash Rock, stopping to admire the manmade, gravity-defying rock towers that have been constructed close to Second Beach.
The following day we drove over to the Totem Poles at Brockton Point, reportedly the most visited tourist attraction in all of British Columbia. Parking is easy to come by although there is a charge ($1.85US / hour or $6.48US / day) but to see the Totem Poles is free. The group of about eight poles are set at the edge of a lawn park, with a back drop of tall bright trees. Just to the north of them you get a wide view of Burrard Inlet and the Lion’s Gate Bridge.
Whichever route you follow through or around Stanley Park, one piece of advice I can offer is "don’t forget your camera", as the views from any side are quite phenomenal.
From journal Birthday Weekend in Vancouver, B.C.
West Chester, Pennsylvania
September 1, 2004
From journal 2 Days in Vancouver
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
January 10, 2006
From journal Two Weeks on the West Coast
August 6, 2005
From journal The West Coast
June 28, 2005
From journal Spring in Vancouver
November 5, 2004
From journal Next Stop: Vancouver