Large cities often set aside green space for their city dwellers. New York does it with Central Park, London with Richmond Park and Vancouver British Columbia has Stanley Park.
I visited Vancouver during the 2010 Olympics but as I have previously wrote about, I did not get to do much while I was there. Mostly because I did not research the area, but also because I did not have very much time in the 1.5 days that I was there.
This visit I had a little more time so we explored Stanley Park. This 1001 acre park traces the shoreline of the city of Vancouver, Vancouver Harbor and English Bay. Our first stop was at the First Nations Totem Poles, a familiar spot for anyone who visits the park.
Although I had to leave Boomer and Buddy at home this trip I was not “dogless”. Meet Wiley, another fellow dog traveler! Maybe she can give Boomer and Buddy some travel tips for when they finally get to go to Canada!
We took a short driving tour of Stanley Park, stopping at landmark spots like the girl in the wet suit… who had a bird standing on her head.
And a replica of a figurehead from the SS Empress, a Japanese ship that traveled frequently between Vancouver to the Orient transporting goods.
We also made a stop at Prospect Point overlooking the bay, Lions Gate Bridge and out into the ocean.
Our next stop was the seawall at Second Beach. This entire seawall is 22 km (13.7 miles) around the park. The path is divided into two parts, one for the walkers and joggers and one for the bicyclists and inline skaters (I guess roller skaters aren’t allowed!)
We followed the seawall to Morton Park, where we found a group of sculptures referred to as A-maze-ing Laughter. The sculptures are men all in some state of hysterical laughter. I wasn’t too sure what was so funny… it was late December and these guys were running around without their shirts on. Sounds cold but they looked like they were having a good time.
Considering our location I found this oddity for the day. A palm tree, in fact there were several growing in the area, which is peculiar this far north, but I guess if you can grow them why not, right?