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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
Quispamsis NB, New Brunswick
October 6, 2005
It ranges from commercial to industrial to residential to ocean to mountains.
The choice of view is yours, even the same view is changing as you watch it. ENJOY!
From journal Totem Poles in Stanley Park
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
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!
January 23, 2001
From journal Vancouver - Canada's Pearl of the Pacific
December 18, 2000
While the views of the water and the year-round greenery are enough to command your attention, there are also a number of interesting diversions to check out as you circle around Stanley Park. The aquarium, Second Beach, and the miniature railroad museums are all sightseeing destinations themselves, while more simple attractions including the British Columbia totem poles, the birds at Prospect Point, and the Lumberman's Arch are also worth checking out.
From journal British Columbia: Vancouver
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!