Video:Tour of Stanley Park in Vancouverwith Molly Wheeler
Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC is a popular tourist destination while traveling to Canada, known for its beautiful scenery and the famous Vancouver Aquarium. Watch this About.com video to learn more about what there is to see and do in Stanley Park.See Transcript
Transcript:Tour of Stanley Park in Vancouver
Hello, I’m Molly Wheeler from About.com here in beautiful Stanley Park, Vancouver. Ask any tourist what they liked best about Vancouver and Stanley Park is likely to be top of the list.
What to Do in Stanley Park
Known for its huge size (over 1000 acres) and its lush beauty, Stanley Park is right in the middle of Vancouver. It’s bordered by a 22 kilometer seawall, but the path used for biking, running, and walking is closer to 10 kilometers. There are numerous places to rent bikes or skates at the entrance of the park Biking is the perfect way to explore the park… or perhaps you’d like to take a horse-drawn tour. The Stanley Park Shuttle allows you to hop on and off throughout the park.
Beaches of Stanley Park
All along the seawall, you’ll have magnificent vistas of the sea and mountains. Be sure to stop and enjoy the many beaches nestled along the shoreline. One favorite is Second Beach just west of the entrance to the park. From picnicking to swimming in the Oceanside, outdoor pool, Second Beach is a kid’s (and adult) paradise.
There’s also lots to do at English Bay Beach which is at the edge of Stanley Park. Kayakers will find English Bay the perfect place for a day on the water. Denman Street borders the beach and is full of fun restaurants and shops.
There’s much to do in the interior of Stanley Park as well. Visit the forests where you’ll see huge second and third generation Douglas fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, and Sitka Spruce. Marvel at the canopy of trees above you.
Then it’s on to the Vancouver Aquarium, the largest aquarium in Canada. It showcases a large collection of marine life, mammals, and birds. Children can enjoy the nearby water park.
Prospect Point at 211 feet is the highest point in the park. Lost Lagoon is an interior lake, a popular spot to rest awhile and enjoy the abundant natural flora and fauna.
If all this exercise has made you hungry, various restaurants and concessions throughout the park, including the Fish House all serve up delicious dishes.
Stanley Park is worth a full day or more of your time. It’s the perfect place to savor the beauty of nature in exciting Vancouver, British Columbia. For About.com, I’m Molly Wheeler.