View from Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park is a great place to visit. We had an hour to kill on the way from downtown to the airport so we accessed the park from Cambie Street at 33rd Avenue. We drove the winding road up the hill to the top where there is a huge paid parking lot for cars, buses and RV's. It's also not too far from Main Street and should be easy to get to by bus from downtown. We saw that some of the Vancouver tour bus companies include Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth park on their Vancouver city tours and make a short stop there. From the parking lot it's easy to walk the few steps to take in the views from the lookout area and to the Blodel Floral Conservatory which has dozens and dozens of colourful birds flying freely in it. I understand the park is located on the highest point in Vancouver and is more or less right in the center of Vancouver so the views are awesome, as you can see from the attached photo. The Quarry Garden is beautiful and a wonderful place for a leisurely stroll while you take in the beautiful flora and fauna and breath in the floral sent. It was mid afternoon on a May weekday when we were there. There were a few people around but not many and the parking lot was almost empty. I guess this will change when summer arrives. Another thing I noticed is that there were many different kinds of trees on the way up including these odd looking trees with pine like branches going off in all directions. I think they call them monkey trees. Some nice local people told us a comical story about the life size bronze statues Queen Elizabeth Park lookout area. The statue is of two couples, three people having their picture taken by a forth person. If you look at it closely you can see the the gentleman is touching one of the two women a little more closely than the photographer would like so the photographer is gesturing for the lady to move away from him. Apparently that woman if the photographer's wife. We also saw there is a restaurant called Seasons in The Park, close to the lookout area. Looks like a very nice restaurant with a great view. You may want to call ahead if you are there during the busy Vancouver tourist season. Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth park makes for a very nice and relaxing visit. Great place to take lots of pictures too. I think you can even picnic there. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. View from Queen Elizabeth Park Queen Elizabeth Park is a great place to visit. We had an hour to kill on the way from downtown to the airport so we accessed the park from Cambie Street at 33rd Avenue. We drove the winding road up the hill to the top where there is a huge paid... >>Read more