Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stanley Park

Along the borders of downtown Vancouver sits an amazing urban park.

Stanley Park is a 1001 acre public park almost entirely surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.

 We couldn't have ordered better weather for our visit.
As we stood gazing across the ocean to the mountains in the background it was at once easy to see why so many people were out enjoying this gem of a place.

If I lived or worked in a big city like Vancouver I would love to head over here on my lunch hour or after a busy day in the office.  What a wonderful place to come and feel the cares of the world slip away.  
We saw so many people walking and bike riding the day we were there.  I have a feeling most days are like this.  It seems like Stanley Park offered something for everyone.


 Lawn Bowling

You would have a hard time getting me away from the beauty of the gardens.  The colors were so vibrant on this late summer day.

I've been doing my best to avoid the "b" word, but really there is no other word to describe a garden like this with a glimpse of the mountains and ocean as a backdrop... Beautiful with a bit of gorgeous thrown in :D.

A better view of the garden backdrop.
You know how I said if I worked in Vancouver I would come here for my lunch hour?  Well maybe that wouldn't be such a good idea after all.  I think I would find it nearly impossible to return to work.
There was a magic to this park.  The natural beauty and the many different activities going on made me feel so calm, yet so alive.  
I had a hard enough time leaving when the day was up.
It seemed like the best way to end the day was with a late lunch on the patio of the Fish House.

Fish and Chips for him.
Veggie, goat cheese omelet for her.

We had a few other small adventures while in the Vancouver area and then it was time to board a small prop plane (interesting experience) for a 13 minute flight over the islands...

 to another highly anticipated destination before our final destination, the wedding in Seattle.

To be continued ...



  1. I'm going to say the "B" word. Beautiful!! It is a wonderful park and a very popular place to visit. Your meal looks delicious and the flowers and views are gorgeous! I don't know about that small plane trip though. I'd be a bit fearful as I'm just recently getting used to jet planes. I'm looking forward to your next post. Pamela

  2. Wow, what a beautiful, wonderful place. How I'd love to walk around there. But I'd have to go early in the morning to be alone. : )
    I'll have to get there for a visit one day!!

  3. I keep thinking I am in Judy's blog! It really is a beautiful with a bit of exquisite tossed in!

  4. We love Stanley Park. Our daughter lives about 5 minutes walk away and it's a great place to go for a walk or picnic whenever we're in town. It's such a beautiful part of the world, and my heart warms to hear how others appreciate our little corner.

  5. I'm so glad you had sunshine and blue skies for your visit to Stanley Park. It's a lovely spot in the city...and you captured it well!

  6. Stanley Park is so beautiful! I agree that it is a fun and refreshing place to visit. You had a great vacation, Kim!

  7. Stanley Park is so pretty. It reminds me of Huntington Beach where you see bike riders and walkers along the paved walkways next to the ocean. The fish and chips look yummy. Haven't had that in awhile. I know what you mean about the word, "beautiful". It has to be an exceptional picture, right? I don't use it often. LOVE THAT LAST PICTURE!



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