Stanley Park Yacht Club
On a sunny Autumn Sunday I took myself to Stanley Park, my main intention being to enjoy and photograph the autumn season in the park. Stanley Park is a beautiful green space in the city of Vancouver, larger than NYC Central Park (404.9 hectares - 1,000l acres). It's a favorite place for people to go for a day of strolling , a picnic, a run, skateboarding or cycling. Inside the park are gardens, an Aquarium, art displays, playgrounds and many interesting places to visit. Surrounding the park are some excellent beaches, English Bay, Burrard Inlet and Coal Harbour where there are marinas.
I got off the bus before it reached the park (the bus goes right into the park where you can walk easily to various locations). I wanted to enjoy the lovely gardens and views along Coal Harbour.
As you enter the park, you will see another statues, a monument to Lord Stanley of Preston for whom the park is named. At the official opening of the Park on September 27, 1888, Lord Stanley is said to have 'lifted his arms to the heavens as though embracing them', and dedicated to park 'to the use and enjoyment of people of all colours, creeds and customs, for all time'. The statue captures this historical moment.
Stanley Park has been associated with many famous people, including the Mohawk poet, Pauline Johnson who is buried in the park near Third Beach, the artist Emily Carr who often painted in the park, and others. Every weekend there are artists in the park near the Aquarium area displaying their work. And near the entrance to the Park is a memorial to the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns including plaques with quotes from his well known poems.
Robert Burns, poet
I was hoping to see a blaze of autumn colours the day I went to the Park. However, due to our late summer, the autumn frosts had not yet touched the trees and everything looked lush and green.
The park is a great place for families with many different play areas for the children, picnic tables under the trees, a water park and other activities.
A really fun way to see around the park is to take the horse-drawn carriage ride. I can recommend this as I went with my friend one time and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time! This day I happened to see the carriage going by loaded with tourists.
I walked back through the park trails to where there is a small railway. At this time of year it turns into a Hallowe'en Train and the woods encircled by the track are full of spooky things. Great fun on a late October evening! During the summer this area now becomes K'lahowya Village, dedicated to the First Nations People, with displays telling the Park's history and connection with the indigenous people who once occupied the park.
Eagle on a rock, in K'lahowya Village
Stanley Park is one of my most favorite destinations when I want a quiet walk in the forest, or along the seawall, or just to browse through the many garden areas. No matter how many times I've gone there (and I started going to the Park almost every Sunday since I was a young teenagers) there is always something new to see and enjoy.