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.
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 ...