OK, the official site pulls out all the stops:
- First, largest, and most-loved urban park in Vancouver
- National historic site
- 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.
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 – 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.