Stanley Park is a public park in Vancouver, Canada. There is no cost to enter the park and is open 7 days a week from 7:00 am until dusk daily (1/2 hour before sunset). Stanley Park is a 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest with picturesque views of the Coal Harbour, sea and mountains. Stanley Park remains densely forested and was not designed by a landscape architect like many other parks.
Stanley Park has many attractions including the, The Seawall, Forest Trails, Beaches, Prospect Point (Lookout point over the Lions Gate Bridge ), Stanley Park Miniature Railway & Children’s Farmyard, Totem Poles and a Aquarium.
Stanley Park overlooks Vancouver’s Coal Harbour (pictured above). Coal Harbour was redeveloped in the 1990’s and has many upscale apartments. The section overlooking Stanley Park has private marinas and many rowing and boating clubs.
One the main attractions is The Seawall which great for walks or runs in the park. The Seawall was originally constructed to prevent the erosion of the parks foreshore. The Seawall is used by pedestrians for walks, cyclists and rollerbladers. The total distance of The seawall is 28km’s and stretches from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park.
One of the many statues in Stanley Park is the Girl in a Wetsuit. The Girl in a Wetsuit statue is life-size bronze sculpture by Elek Imredy of a woman in a wetsuit. The Girl in a Wetsuit represents Elek Imredy’s friend Debra Harrington in a wetsuite, flippers and a mask. She was unveiled on top of a boulder in Vancouver Harbor on June 9, 1973.
Stanley Park is a must visit when in Vancouver and was the highlight of my trip. Public transport to Stanley Park is available by bus and many of the hop on, hop off operators have multiple stops within the park. Be prepared to spend a few hours with all the attractions available to explore.