Stanley Park, The Jewel of Vancouver
Stretching out from the downtown core and tipped by the Lion's Gate Bridge to the North Shore, Stanley Park is 1000 acres of natural beauty, and the third largest such urban park in North America.
Most action in the park happens around the edges. The five and a half mile seawall path completely circles the park, taking you past most of the major sights in a tour that will take two hours at a brisk pace, more if you stop to admire the view. If you are walking you can go either way round - if cycling or rollerblading you must go anti-clockwise. Start from the Georgia Street entrance.
Away from the seawall, the park contains many smaller paths through the woodland that forms the core of the park. You will see cedar, hemlock and fir, all impressively large. Near the Georgia Street entrance is Lost Lagoon, on which you can see swans, ducks and Canada geese. The walk around the lagoon is quite pleasant, and much shorter than the seawall.
Sights to see and things to do in the park include the totem poles near Brockton Point, the children's water park further on, the formal Rose Garden, the Aquarium and the miniature railway near the Georgia Street entrance, the pitch and putt golf course, tennis courts, beaches, heated ocean side swimming pool near the Beach Ave entrance.
There are plenty of refreshment opportunities in the park, ranging from hot dog stands to sit-down restaurants.
We highly recommend StanleyParkBC.com for more information about Stanley Park. To contact the Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Parks Board, Pay Tennis in Stanley Park, The Fish House Restaurant and many other Stanley Park businesses go to the Stanley Park Phone Numbers list.