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Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre metropolitan oasis and only a 15-minute walk from the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver. The 8.8 km sea wall and numerous park benches that offer stunning ocean and city views are only a small sample of the various natural beauties the park offers its visitors. The Vancouver Aquarium is home to nearly 70,000 marine and mammal specimens and is also one of the world’s largest marine research centers (www.vanaqua.org/home). Rent also a bike or blades for a wonderful discovery or walk through the trails in the Stanley Park.
You could spend days in the 400-hectare (990-acre) Stanley Park before running out of things to do. One of the park’s main attractions is the Vancouver Aquarium, which is hugely popular with families. If you’re interested in aboriginal culture, head to Brockton Point with its nine towering totem poles, then visit the summer-only Klahowya Village, for First Nations storytelling, dance, and art. Take a walk in the Stanley Park Rose Garden when the 3,500 rose bushes are in bloom.
Rent a bike and pedal the seawall that circles the park for great views of the surrounding mountains and ocean, or stroll shorter stretches of the seawall path on foot. Stanley Park has two beaches, Second and Third Beach, where you can swim or sun. If the ocean water is too brisk, go for a swim in the oceanside pool at Second Beach. Near Third Beach, look for Siwash Rock, a dramatic rock tower that’s millions of years old. You can play tennis or practice your golf skills at the Stanley Park Pitch & Putt, and you can even try your hand at lawn bowling. The Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club welcomes visitors.
And when you get hungry, you can settle anywhere around the park for a picnic, grab a snack at Prospect Point, tuck into a west coast seafood dinner at the Fish House in Stanley Park, or have a drink at the Teahouse in Stanley Park as you watch the sun set over the sea.