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Walking Through Stanley Park in Vancouver


A visit to Stanley Park in Vancouver is an item you will see at the highest of most travel lists. It is located just across the Bay from downtown Vancouver. From Stanley Park, you are afforded some of the most breathtaking views of Vancouver, like the image seen above.

The park is free to visitors and spans over 1,000 acres. It is home to beautiful monuments, totem poles, and gardens. You can easily spend hours walking through this park and taking in all of its beauty and the activities it has to offer.




For our trip, we decided to walk through the gardens and over to one of the hiking trails. If you are outdoor oriented travelers like us, the ability to escape the downtown city for hiking trails and parks is a big advantage to visiting Vancouver. The trails are very well marked and well traveled. You will encounter a few bikers, fellow hikers and dog walkers on your trail. That said, they are not overly crowded like some of the trails we have traveled.


Starting from the main garden entrance and making your way to the Rose Garden area is not difficult. When you enter the park there are many different ways to trek around.

The photos you see throughout this post were taken during our visit in August. Though, we are certain the gardens are beautiful year round.





After leaving the rose garden area we continued on the trail and soon found ourselves among the trees. The further we kept walking the more removed from the control of the city we felt. Concrete sidewalks and the sounds of cars vanished as we found ourselves on dirt trails with the sound of nature surrounding us.

This was our happy place, as it often is.


As we continued on the trail we decided we would make our way to Hollow Tree, which is a 700-800-year-old Western Red Cedar tree. While it is boasted as one of the most well-known and photographed landmarks in Stanley Park, it was hardly crowded when we arrived from our trail.



In order to truly appreciate the size of Hollow Tree, you will need to see it in person. However, the following picture should provide some perspective as to how large this tree really is!


The trail to Hollow Tree is out and back. Of course, you can drive to Hollow Tree and park in front of it. However, if you have the time we highly suggest you walk from Stanley Park. It is a beautiful walk!





When you travel do you crave the outdoors? What are some of the best trails you have found located within minutes of a downtown city?



1 comment

  1. Extraordinary! Beautiful gardens...they must have the perfect climate!

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