Guest Favorites: Stanley Park

No trip to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park. One of the top rated city parks in the world, and an O Canada House guest favorite, Stanley Park is recognized as a Canadian National Historic Site. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city at this evergreen-covered oasis without leaving the city centre.

Spanning 400 hectares and located within walking distance from O Canada House B&B, Stanley Park boasts incredible trees including hemlock, fir and cedar. In addition, many animals call the park home — making it an ideal destination for wildlife lovers.

Stanley_Park_train Kids and adults alike are sure to love the Stanley Park Miniature Train. The train track spans 2 km and travels through areas ofbreathtaking scenery, making it a great way to view the marvels of the landscape. Transporting more than 200,000 passengers annually, the Stanley Park Miniature Train is one of the top family-friendly activities in Vancouver. Each season you’ll find a fun new theme — such as an Easter-themed ride in the spring and aboriginal-themed ride in the summer aboard the Spirit Catcher Train. October offers spooky chills and thrills with the Ghost Train, while the winter season boasts the Bright Nights train — which travels past animated Christmas displays illuminated by two million sparkling lights.

Nature lovers will especially enjoy a visit to Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon, located to the left off the Georgia Street entrance. Once a tidal mud flat, this fresh water lagoon boasts many different bird species and plant life. Check out the Lost Lagoon Nature House to get the most out of your visit. Next, stop by the Siwash Rock while at the park. This incredible natural rock formation is 32 million years old and is rich with local legend and lore. For another amazing natural wonder, check out Hollow Tree. This breathtaking cedar tree is between 700 and 800 years old and is a beloved local landmark. Other natural landmarks in the park you can’t miss include the popular Beaver Lake and Prospect Point viewing area.

stanley park totemsStanley Park is also home to some of Vancouver’s most historic landmarks, the totem poles at Brockton Point. The most popular tourist attraction in British Columbia, these nine totem poles span decades from the 1920s to the 1990s. The first four poles were purchased from Alert Bay in the 20s, and more were brought from the Queen Charlotte Islands and BC central coast. The newest totem pole was added in 1990 and was carved by Squamish Nation native Robert Yelton.

Stanley Park also features fantastic dining establishments to suit every palate. In addition to convenient concession stands located throughout the park, there are popular restaurants such as the Prospect Point Cafe and the Teahouse. The staff at O Canada House would be pleased to make reservations for you at your convenience.

Visitors to Vancouver are sure to find something they enjoy at Stanley Park. Whether you are seeking an outdoor adventure or a relaxing day with the family, a trip to this unforgettable park is sure to be a hit!