This enormous urban park is Vancouver's green
jewel, highly popular with locals and visitors alike. You can walk, jog,
bike, rollerblade, tan on a beach, sit and watch the nature, passing
boats, or the seaplanes, visit Vancouver Aquarium, have a meal in a
restaurant, and do many other things. It's a busy place any time of the
year, but, especially, during the tourist season. If, on top of that,
it's a weekend, and the sun is out, you are bound to see some serious
crowds in Stanley Park. Fortunately, it's big enough that even on a
busiest day it's often possible to find a relatively quiet and secluded
place, usually on one of the many paths in the forest.
1. There are many different ways of getting to
Stanley Park. Aside from walking or biking, you can take public transit
(trolley #19 goes right into the park), use one of the tour buses, or
drive your own vehicle (parking fees in effect). Our trip starts on Georgia Street. We are
looking West and are about to cross Denman Street. If you would like to
rent a bicycle, there is a large rental shop on the corner of Denman and
Georgia, to the left of where we are on the photo below.
Georgia Street at Denman Street Vancouver BC Canada
2. To get to Stanley Park, make sure to be in the
second lane from the right. If you miss it, there is another turn into
the park off the causeway a few kilometers further.
Georgia Avenue Vancouver British Columbia - entering Stanley Park
3. If you are on foot, you would have time to check
out the map of the park. Our location is shown with a purple circle
closer to the bottom of the page, just to the right of the middle.
Stanley Park Map - Vancouver British Columbia Canada
4. Soon you would get to this roundabout.
Roundabout at the entrance to Stanley Park in Vancouver BC Canada
5. Unless you have a specific
place in mind and know how to get there, it is a good idea after
entering the roundabout to make an immediate right turn and drive where
the car on the photo below is heading.
Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver British Columbia
6. Very shortly you get to admire the statue of a
Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Robert Burns Statue Stanley Park Vancouver British Columbia Canada
7. And right after that there is a parking lot on the
left side. There are quite a few of these in Stanley Park, and you can
also park on a roadway here and there.
Stanley Park Vancouver BC
8. It's time to pay the piper. The ticket is good
throughout Stanley Park. The rate is $3 per hour, or $10 all day (6 AM
to 9 PM). Between 9 PM and 6 AM it's free. The rate is lower in
Stanley Park Pay Parking Machine in Vancouver British Columbia
9. The good thing about this parking lot is that it is
right by the Info Centre.
Stanley Park Information Centre Vancouver BC Canada
10. The horse-drawn tours start right here too.
Stanley Park Horse Drawn Tour Wagon - Vancouver BC Canada
11. And, most importantly, the
seawall runs nearby
Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver British Columbia
12. And so we started walking. Our first good view.
View from Stanley Park Seawall - Vancouver BC Canada
13. Downtown Vancouver seen from the Stanley Park
Downtown Vancouver BC
14. Here is Canada Place and Vancouver Convention
Canada Place Vancouver BC
15. This is a statue of Harry Jerome, British Columbia
athlete of the century.
Harry Jerome Statue Stanley Park Vancouver BC Canada
16. Seaplanes flying by never cease to impress.
West Coast Air Seaplane seen from Stanley Park seawall - Vancouver
17. The seawall is impressive by itself too.
Stanley Park seawall Vancouver BC
18. We found several fishers along the seawall. Here
are some of them, with Lions Gate Bridge in the background.
Lions Gate Bridge Seen from Stanley Park in Vancouver BC Canada
19. Shortly thereafter, we left the seawall, as we decided to go to Prospect Point via the roadway. There is a
bit of a grade involved.
Stanley Park Roadway - Vancouver British Columbia
20. Once you get to the top, you can walk for a few
minutes on a trail running parallel to the roadway.