Day 133 - Vancouver, BC, Canada/ Stanley Park

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Peace Arch RV Park Surrey
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Monday, September 9, 2013

Today we headed into the City to the Information Center so that we could plan what we would do while here.  The RV park is about 9 miles from the Sky Train and then a 40 minute ride to the Waterfront area of Vancouver.  But, unfortunately we decided to drive (big mistake) and it took us forever.  Our GPS took us on the route from Hell and we ended up seeing the homeless area, the people were all lined up on the street, sitting there with all that they own.  Very sad to see.

After much searching, we finally found the Information Center.  Luckily we met a lovely lady (also an RV'er) and she calmed me down and got us all the information we had asked for an she gold us about other places to check out.  so she saved the day, for sure!

So off we went to Stanley Park.  It was a great warm and sunny day and we had a very nice time at this park.  We ended up taking the horse drawn trolley tour for an hour around part of the park with a commentary from a very nice young lady.  After she gave us an over-view we walked through the gardens and some of the statues, the totems, and then headed up to the northern tip of the park, called Prospect Point, for a fabulous lunch and a great view of the Lions Gate Bridge which was built by the Guiness Family bay in the 20's.

Stanley Park opened in 1888 and was named for Lord Frederick Stanley, Governor General of Canada in 1888 (also the Stanley Cup named for him).

The Seawall that goes all the way around the park (5.5 miles) was built from 1917-1980!  It is quite fantastic and has two lanes, one for bikes only and one for walker only and apparently, non the twain shall meet or there will be words!!  Also if the bikers decide to use the road (it is one way all the way around the park) they must adhere to the speed laws and stop signs or they will be fined!  Good for Vancouver!!  The Park itself is 1000 acres and is made up of several walking/hiking trails, several garden areas, including the rose garden which began in 1920 and has 3,500 plants!!  There is a section of totem poles, statues in several area, and the girl in the bathing suit statue on a large rock in the water, and a bronze of a runner.

The Queen Victoria monument (1940) is in regards to her being the longest reigning monarch (however, if Elizabeth continues for 3 more years, she will become the longest).

There is a bronze statue of Lord Stanley with his arms outstretched inviting everyone to enjoy the park.

One for Robert Burns the poet (who apparently has more statues in his honor than Shakespeare).

In December of 2006, the park suffered a devastating wind storm in which they lost over 10,000 trees.  You would hardly know it with all the growth in such a short span of years.  The major trees in the park are Red Cedar (one estimated to be 700 years old), Hemlock and Douglas Fir. The seawall was also damaged in the storm.

If you get the chance, definitely a wonderful place to visit.


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Claudia on

Ah, the GPS! I could feel your pain!

Pamela on

Love all the photos. Canada has the most beautiful gardens. Thanks for sharing.

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