Stanley Park is the most popular place in Vancouver to spend time in the great outdoors. Known for its seawall, First Nations totem poles, and storied history, it has something for everyone. Check out the video below and have a look around!
The land that makes up Stanley Park was used by indigenous groups in the area for thousands of years. After British Columbia was colonized in 1858 during the River Canyon Gold Rush, settlers shared the land with the indigenous peoples. It was converted into Vancouver's first park in 1886, and named after Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby, a former Governor General of Canada for whom the NHL's Stanley Cup is also named.
Today, much of the park remains as densely forested as it was in the late 1800s. Some of its half a million trees stand as tall as 249 feet (76 meters) and are hundreds of years old. Its most popular attraction is the famous Vancouver Seawall (pictured in the cover photo), which draws thousands of visitors to the park each day during the summer. It is a popular place for walking, running, cycling, rollerblading and fishing.
The vast park is also home to 17 miles (27 kilometers) of forest trails, beaches, lakes, children's play areas, and the Vancouver Aquarium, to name a few more attractions. Train enthusiasts and families with young children will love the miniature railway, a replica of the first transcontinental passenger train, which arrived in Vancouver in the 1880s. The railway is decked out for various occasions throughout the year, including Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.
“Seawall - West End - Vancouver” by Andrew Raun is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.