Vancouver: A ride through Stanley Park

Posted by on July 16, 2012 in British Columbia, Destination, Popular Events | 2 comments

Vancouver was the first destination on my trip around Canada this Summer, and it did not disappoint. A little known tidbit about Vancouver is that it rains. A lot. Apparently this was one of their rainiest Summers yet but I wasn’t too phased. Out of the 5 days I was in Vancouver, it rained 3 of them. I had to make the most out of my 2 full days of sunshine and I think I did pretty well.

Before I left for Vancouver, I checked out a website I’m pretty dedicated to called reddit 

 If you don’t know anything about reddit, it’s basically a forum where millions of people come together to discuss literally anything and everything. The part that I like about it, is that there are things called Sub Reddits, usually each Province/City has one and people post events or other community get togethers.
 I sought out the sub reddit for Vancouver and made a post about how I would be there in a few weeks and if anyone was willing to tour me around the City. I had a few responses and exchanged information! I only ended up meeting with one of the Redditors, named Jon. He toured me around the city the first day I was there and we decided I had to check out Stanley Park before I left for Victoria.

It rained rained rained

The first Sunny Day arrived, hooray! Jon messaged me asking if I wanted to bike around the Seawall and Stanley Park and I of course said yes. He was nice enough to lend me a spare bike he had, although I could have also rented one from the many bike rental shops around the city. We met up around noon and got started! Keep in mind, I haven’t ridden a bike, in…I’m going to have to go with about 10 years or so. Luckily, riding a bike is exactly like…Riding a bike, something you just cannot forget!

Stanley Park Entrance

At 1,001 acres, Stanley Park was tremendous and slightly intimidating. We wandered around, pausing to take pictures here and there. Jon was a great guide, and has a vast knowledge of Vancouver History, almost constantly pointing out neat facts about the park as we walked through the seemingly endless forest.



We walked through a spot called Beaver Lake. Rumor has it, to live up to their name, they brought in a Beaver from somewhere else to live in this lake and apparently he’s being quite the annoyance. I don’t know how true this is, as I didn’t see a beaver anywhere, and believe me, I looked!


We continued around Stanley Park for a few more hours, in this time I saw nature at it’s finest! Beautiful day, awesome company and a sudden new found love of Vancouver and all it has to offer. If you’re ever in Vancouver, make sure you put Stanley Park on your top priorities list!


  1. Reminds me of days spent wandering around the lower mainland, idly observing nature and trying not to be bothered by the rain.

    The rain is worth the beauty, though, and I look back on those times fondly.

  2. Pictures are lovely as is your descriptions, and I can’t wait to see some of the sites when I go next year, but come home now you are missed. xoxo

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