National Treasure #67: Stanley Park, Vancouver

OK, the official site pulls out all the stops:

  • First, largest, and most-loved urban park in Vancouver
  • National historic site
  • World-renowned
  • Chosen as Best Park in the World by TripAdvisor in 2014

Yeah, yeah. You get the drift. They think it’s special. So do I. So, I expect, do the estimated 8 million annual visitors or at least a goodly portion of them.

If you haven’t been: Go. If you have been: Go again.¬†For me, it’s never the same place twice.

Seawall curving to the left, framing sea and forest. and

Part of a 22-km seawall edging the park.


Ovrehead shot looking up the truck of a redwood tree.

One of many.

Prospect Point's wetahered sign and its reflection.

Sunlit Lion's Gate Bridge to North Vancouver.

Controversial when built, but what a bridge! What a prospect!


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2 Responses to National Treasure #67: Stanley Park, Vancouver

  1. JimTaylor says:

    I agree about Stanley Park, even all the superlatives. Would that other municipalities could recognize the value of the wild lands within their boundaries. Lake Country, where I live, seems obsessed with losing its ridges and forests to housing developments. I imagine at that at various times, Vancouver city councils were tempted by the prospect of selling Stanley Park off to high-rise developers. Fortunately, they didn’t.
    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      JIm T – Yes, wild space is under-represented in our communities. We “get” parks, but not land that’s just been left alone. Cities with rivers running through them have a real advantage, at least if they don’t develop and pave it all over. In Edmonton, for example, deer and rabbits (and coyotes and skunks, I expect) use the river valley as a corridor through town and up into adjacent neighbourhoods.

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