Trip 059 - September 6, 2011 (Tuesday)

Stanley Park Visit

Vancouver BC Canada

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Location in Vancouver:
West End of downtown - two blocks West from Denman Street.

Liked: Walking around the seawall, natural views, numerous available forest paths, available horse-drawn tours, observing seaplanes.

Of note: Long stretches of the seawall have no shade. Pay parking in effect throughout Stanley Park.

Related Website: Stanley Park - City of Vancouver Official Site.

Other Trips in Vancouver Area: Admiralty Trail (Pacific Spirit Regional Park), Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver SeawallCanada Line Skytrain Opening Day.

Other BC Towns We Have Visited: Agassiz, Bella Coola, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Horseshoe Bay, Merritt, Mission, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Squamish, Telkwa, Tumbler Ridge, West Vancouver (Ambleside Park).

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.

21. The end of the path leads onto a small bridge with four small lion statues.

Stanley Park Vancouver British Columbia Canada

22. Here is one of the small lions.

Lion statue in Stanley Park Vancouver BC

23. From this bridge you can check out a much larger Lions Gate Bridge.

Lions Gate Bridge seen from Stanley Park in Vancouver British Columbia

24. A larger bridge = a larger lion.

Lion statue at Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver BC

25. Moving on, we arrive to Prospect Point.

Prospect Point Stanley Park Vancouver BC Canada

26. In addition to having fish'n'chips at Prospect Point, you can take a look at the Lions Gate Bridge from the side....

Lions Gate Bridge Seen from Prospect Point Stanley Park British Columbia Canada

27. ...or at the boats going back and forth...

Burrard Inlet view from Stanley Park Vancouver British Columbia Canada

28...or use your zoom to check out West Vancouver's Ambleside Park across the water.

Ambleside Park in West Vancouver seen from Stanley Park

29. After Prospect Point, we went forward and soon reached a turnoff to the Siwash Rock viewing platform.

Stanley Park Vancouver BC Canada

30. Here is the platform.

Siwash Rock Viewing Platform in Stanley Park Vancouver BC Canada

31. Here is the rock seen from the platform.

Siwash Rock Stanley Park Vancouver British Columbia

32. And here is a heron sitting on the rock seen from the platform.

Heron on Siwash Rock in Stanley Park in Vancouver BC

33. Looking to our right, we see the Seawall.

Stanley Park Seawall Vancouver BC Canada

34. Then, we walked a bit further past the observation platform and took a look at the rock from its side.

Siwash Rock Stanley Park Vancouver BC

35. After that, we got down and saw the rock from the seawall.

Stanley Park Seawall and Siwash Rock Vancouver British Columbia Canada

36. And then we turned around and started going to the end of the seawall. Here is one of the seawall beaches.

Stanley Park Beach Vancouver BC Canada

37. Stone balancing art on display.

View from Stanley Park Vancouver BC

38. Finally, we walked past Lost Lagoon and ended up at the Welcome to Vancouver sign on Georgia Street, thus finishing our Stanley Park visit.

Welcome to Vancouver Sign on Georgia Street

After Stanley Park, we walked on the seawall from Denman Street to Canada Place.

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