|Boats docked by the Rowing Club|
The entire 9 kilometre circumference of the park is lined with a walking and bicycle path, known as the Sea Wall, which can get very busy during the summer or any winter day that sees a break in the Vancouver rain. Along the wall, lay three of the cities more popular beaches: English Bay Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach, all with great views of the sunsetting on English Bay.
Within the park, you will find two bodies of water, Beaver Lake and Lost Lagoon. Though it hasn't always been, Beaver Lake is now quite shallow. Due to the build up of natural debris, the lake will one day be completely gone, given way to becoming part of the forest floor. The Lake is almost completely covered with water lilies, which were introduced to the lake as a means of slowing its demise.
|Overlooking Third Beach|
Though mostly forested, the park does have several landscaped gardens, such as the Rose Garden, Rhododendron Walk, Shakespeare Garden and even a community garden. There are many great family attractions in the park, as well, such as the miniature train (which also has a beautiful walking path that encircles the entire train route), the Vancouver Aquarium, a pitch and putt, a swimming pool, a few playgrounds, including a water park and horse-drawn tours of the park. Recently the petting zoo that was located beside the miniature train has gone the way of the Stanley Park Zoo and closed for good.
|Yellow rose in the Rose Garden of Stanley Park|
If you are planning a trip to Vancouver and looking for a hotel close to Stanley Park, try The Sylvia Hotel. It is located across the street from English Bay Beach. Though not heavy on frills, its elegant charm and perfect location make it great place to stay.