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Stanley Park Vancouver, a must see Vancouver gem

Stanley Park Vancouver British Columbia is one of the most well-known and recognized landmarks in the world.

As one of the top 10 Vancouver attractions, Stanley Park is easily among the top must see Vancouver spots.

It has been rated as the sixteenth best park in the world; and the sixth best in North America.  Covering approximately 1,000 acres, it is ten percent larger than Central Park in New York City.

It has forests and woodlands, beaches, gardens, and fantastic views; literally, something for everyone.

Stanley Park Vancouver

Named for Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada (for whom the Stanley Cup is also named), the park was opened in 1888.

As part of the park’s dedication, Lord Stanley proclaimed it to be a place for “enjoyment of people of all colors, creeds, and customs for all time.”

Stanley Park Vancouver is home to nearly half a million trees, some of which tower at 250 feet tall.  It also houses the Vancouver Aquarium, one of the largest in the world.

There are tennis courts, a “pitch and putt” course, a cricket club, and a children’s zoo.  There is a miniature railroad, two restaurants, a gift shop, and nearly a dozen memorials and statues.

Stanley Park Vancouver Seawall

There is a seawall that is 5.5 miles (8.8km) long and circles the park on the perimeter along the water.

Millions of pedestrians, cyclists, and in-line skaters use the seawall path to get their exercise while enjoying the fresh air and the breathtaking views that Vancouver is known for.

If you prefer to get a little more off the beaten path, there are over 17 miles of forest trails that wind through the dense woods and foliage of the park.

Perhaps the most famous attraction within this famous park are the totem poles. The Stanley Park Vancouver BC First Nations Totem Poles, located at Brockton Point, are the most visited landmark in all of British Columbia; and one of the top places to visit in Canada.

Stanley Park Vancouver Totem Poles

The First Nations were the first people in this beautiful part of the world, and were the first people to create the totem pole; totems are a very important part of the First Nations history.

Since the original totem poles were carved in the 1880s, they are housed in museums for proper preservation.

The totems you see in Stanley Park were commissioned for the park in the late 1980s.

Of course, the best way to see the entire park is to take one of many Vancouver tours offered in the city; most tours will pick you up at any of the downtown Vancouver hotels.

This is a great way to get an overview of the history of the city as well as the park; and to get an idea of where you’d most like to return to spend some more time.  Because, regardless of how much time you have to spend, it’s never enough in this incredible city!

While there is plenty to see in this fantastic part of the world, Stanley Park Vancouver is a must.  But be prepared; once you experience all this park has to offer, you’ll want to come back again and again!

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