Visiting Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

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.

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Totem Poles at Stanley Park

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.

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Wiley touring Stanley 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!

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Girl In The Wet suit

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.

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

And a replica of a figurehead from the SS Empress, a Japanese ship that traveled frequently between Vancouver to the Orient transporting goods.

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Lions Gate Bridge

We also made a stop at Prospect Point overlooking the bay, Lions Gate Bridge and out into the ocean.

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Walking along the seawall in Stanley Park

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!)

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

A-maze-ing Laughter

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

A-maze-ing Laughter

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.

Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

A palm tree in Canada

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?

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14 Responses to Visiting Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

  1. Will be visiting llater in the year. Will have to visit 😀

  2. We visited Vancouver this past summer. My husband took the kids to Stanley Park and they rented bikes and rode around the park. I stayed back and worked. After seeing your post, I wish I would of gone with them.

  3. Ruth says:

    Awww, fantastic photos! On a visit to Vancouver, my husband and I devoted a day to walking around Stanley Park. Definitely, a place close to my heart. Thansk for bringing back the good memories.

  4. Jess says:

    I had no idea about this place when I visited Vancouver – I wish I had!

    That poor palm tree looks kind of lost.

  5. Stanley Park is my absolute favorite place in Vancouver all year. My kids love those totem poles. I don’t remember the palm trees though. We missed the laughing statues. They look a bit weird but likely will make one smile.

  6. That photo of the Lions Gate Bridge is so stunning! Thanks for joining us for #SundayTraveler

  7. I’ve called Vancouver home for most of my life and I’ve never walked around the seawall. I’m 100% going to do it this summer. For sure. Looks like you had a lovely time here.

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