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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!
October 6, 2004
This peninsula was named after Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada (1888-1893), who also lent his name to hockey’s illustrious Stanley Cup trophy. These 1,000 acres form the first public park in the city. You can ride the no.19 bus from Georgia Street into the park, but, for full effect, we strolled along the shoreline from Canada Place towards the veritable forest of trees within the grounds.
People can walk or rent a bicycle to complete the 5.5-mile circuit around the seawall promenade. For those with limited time, hop on the free trolley that circulates every 15 minutes during the summertime and makes 14 stops along the way. The driver points out the highlights during this 45-minute circle. You must see the gathering of colorful totem poles near Brockton Point; it is regarded as the most visited tourist spot in all of British Columbia. The expressions on these authentic totem poles crafted by the Kwagiulth people are beautiful and priceless. Stop by the nearby Brockton Visitor Centre (designed by Lubor Trubka Associate Architects) for locally crafted gifts and light snacks.
If you enter the park from the Coal Harbour shore, you will see the Vancouver Rowing Club, which hosts elite rowing squads. The sporting theme can be found all over the park, with cricket pitches, jogging and hiking trails, plus tennis, golf, and swimming. The statue of Canadian track star Harry Jerome sprints along the seawall promenade as does the "Girl in Wet Suit," a sculpture of a female figure lounging atop a rock that is akin to Copenhagen’s "Little Mermaid".
If one continues along the northern edge, you will climb up to Prospect Point. From the lookout plaza there is a great view of the majestic Lions Gate Bridge, reminiscent of the Chain Bridge of Budapest. You can relax or buy trinkets at the nearby cafe (there are other restaurants and snack shacks sprinkled throughout the park). The elevation will also allow you to appreciate the tall trees, including sequoias. Natural curiosities include the Hollow Tree, a bizarre, twisting tree-within-a-tree that you can walk through, and the 50-foot tall Siwash Rock.
Hiking trails lead to notable spots like the Vancouver Aquarium (the largest one in Canada), Beaver Lake, and Lost Lagoon with its fountain in the center. Kids can ride the Miniature Railway, pet animals in the Children’s Farmyard or stare at Canada geese near the Rose Garden. Watch for the clearly marked lanes for cyclists, in-line skaters, and walkers throughout the park (visitors on wheels are supposed to move in a counterclockwise direction). Enjoy the natural beauty of Vancouver at Stanley Park!
From journal Bill in Canada - VANCOUVER
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.
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.
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
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"
March 9, 2001
From journal Three days in Vancouver
January 23, 2001
From journal Vancouver - Canada's Pearl of the Pacific