I went to the Stanley Park in the morning on 19 June 05 and spent a whole day there. It is the perfect place to escape from city life. There is a lot of greenery. There are also many people cycling, jogging, rollerblading or strolling along the seawall. The beaches and playground are also very popular with families with kids.
Traveling round the park
I took the free shuttle bus which stop at different popular locations round the park. You can hop in and out at any of these stops. I remembered one of the shuttle bus driver (a lady with plaits) was very friendly and gave a very lively commentary about the attractions of each sight and stop. However, she was the only driver that gave commentary. The rest of the drivers in the other shuttle buses did not give any commentary at all. I really feel that her company should give her a salary raise for her passion in her job. =) I enjoy her commentary so much that I took her last shuttle round the park. The last service is around 6:30pm.
The park is home to many wildlife too, ie racoons, hares, squirrels and geese. I took a stroll from the information counter taking the Brockton Point Trial walkway to the totem poles. Along the way I saw this wild black hare, a distance away from me. When I took out my camera to take a picture of it, it hopped towards me. I guess it did not want its picture taken...=( I spotted a racoon at Prospect Point. It loved the camera and would even posed for you to take pictures. =) But, please do not touch or feed these wild animals.
Main Interesting sights
Vancouver Aquarium- I will write a review of this in its page itself.
Prospect Point- Beautiful view of Lions Gate Bridge and the North/ West Vancouver's mountains with the English Bay.
Girl in a wet suit- This is a statue of a girl sitting on a rock. The amusing thing I find is that the sea birds seems to like this statue very much... see my photo.
Totem Poles- Here you will find besides the totem poles, horde of tourists round the globe young and old, busy posing and taking pictures. What a sight! But, I think it is still worth to come here to appreciate Stanley Park's history, which is home to the First Nations. There is a small area next to the gift shop with explanations of the significance of the totem poles to the First Nations. In front of the totem poles, there are signage explaining the details of each totem poles.
Well, I feel that this park is a must visit for those who come to Vancouver. A very interesting and relaxing park indeed!
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