[1-Vancouver as seen from the seawall at Stanley Park]
Stanley Park is located in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia containing an estimated half a million trees. It is slightly larger than New York City’s Central Park.
During childhood family trips, every couple of years, we would head through the Rockies via the fruit belt in the interior of B.C. to the coast where my parents would visit relatives and old friends. For my older brothers and I, there was the anticipated freedom of exploring Stanley Park and returning to the campsite for dinner. This was back in the day when it was relatively safe to allow children off on their own. Though I think there were times when my brothers considered leaving me lost in the bush to rid themselves of a pesky little sister.
There are several trails through the forested area leading to a variety of beaches and interesting sights such as the Western Red Cedars.
[2-Stanley Park forest path]
Until 1994 there was a zoo. There remains a children's zoo of barnyard animals and now a renowned aquarium. A favourite spot of mine is the collection of totem poles.
[3-One of several totem poles]
An 8.8km (5.5 mi) seawall circles the park which joggers, cyclists, skate board enthusiasts and walkers enjoy.