My last Vancouver post featured Stanley Park. I promised to finish the description of my bike ride thru the park’s Seawall.
Well, once we rode under Lions Gate Bridge, we started to approach a peculiar rock formation. It is called Siwash Rock and is made out of basalt (molten magma pushed to the surface during volcanic activity times). While I was approaching the uncommon
formation, the sun rays began to illuminate the road in a magical way. I felt like the rays were being refracted by the surrounding foliage. It looked like a scene tweaked with a special filter.
As we continued, we hit Third Beach and English Bay. At that moment, we cut thru the inside of the park in order to return to Coal Harbor (or return our bikes, sniff, sniff).
We were able to admire the Jubilee Fountain at the Lost Lagoon. The fountain was build to commemorate Vancouver’s Golden Jubilee (in 1936). This makes the fountain a really old girl. I guess it can still be called a girl because it is one of those things that do not age with time.
Here are some photos:
I am sure we were not able to enjoy all what Stanley Park has to offer (lucky you, residents) but we absolutely loved what we saw.
Without a doubt, I understand why Vancouver is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Here is a comprehensive list of what the park has to offer:
- Totem Poles at Brockton Point
- Brockton Point Lighthouse
- Siwash Rock
- Jubilee Fountain
- Girl in a Wetsuit
- The 9 O’Clock Gun
- Empress of Japan Figurehead
- Lumbermen’s Arch
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Ted and Mary Greig RhododendronGarden
- Rose Garden
- Second and Third Beaches
- Lost Lagoon
- Beaver Lake
- Outdoor Pool and Water Park
- Park Pavilion
- Miniature Railway
- Horse Drawn Tours
- Several restaurants
- Amazing Mountain and Sea Views
- Much more!!
Once at Coal harbor, we walked around the a little bit more. I mean, you can walk and rewalk Vancouver areas a million times and
never get tired of the views. We got to admire the place where the Olympic flame was once lighted. There were additional cool statues and monuments. But what gets you mesmerized are the views. Because you can have a statue anywhere in the world. But it is a little bit more difficult to have a statue with magnificent views behind it.
To recover from walking and biking, we decided to eat at one of the tons of sushi (Japanese) joints in the city. What can I say. The food served at those places is tasty, cheap and filling. Just what I needed!!! A great way to finish the day.
What is your favorite attraction at Stanley Park? What do you think about Vancouver’s Japanese (sushi) scene? Let me know at the comments section below.