Saturday, September 6, 2014

Vancouver Vacation - Stanley Park and the Aquarium

If you've been following along, so far you've seen how we spent time on top of Grouse Mountain and walking among the treetops at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (that was just day 1!).  We spent the second day of our vacation at Stanley Park in Vancouver.  It's a 1,000 acre park almost completely surrounded by water, and has miles of hiking trails, 3 swimming beaches, 2 lakes, a 5+ mile "seawall" walk around the edge of the park, totem polls, an aquarium, and more.  You can easily spend an entire day exploring the park and still not see the entire thing!

We decided to begin the day at the Aquarium, which turned out to be a great idea.  Tip - you want to get to ANY aquarium as soon as it opens, because by 1pm it's completely overrun by tourists.  We were able to take our time  and really enjoy the exhibits and shows without having to fight the crowds.  My favorite exhibits at this aquarium were the jellyfish (so crazy looking), the otters, and the beluga whales.  (I feel in love with beluga whales when we went to the aquarium in Mystic, CT a few months ago...such awesome animals!)

After we finished at the aquarium, we found a picnic table and ate our lunch outside (it was beautiful!) before heading off on the seawall walk.  Along the way, you weave through city and open water views, past a lighthouse, and by a bridge - it's beautiful!  We only did about half the loop, since we wanted to explore some of the interior as well.

Once we had our fill of some of the parks and seawall loop, we decided to find a few trails in the fir forest.  The trees were tall and beautiful, and every so often you'd pass a giant, old redwood!  Mark has a pretty epic "wingspan", but he's nothing compared to these babies.  At the end of the trail, we came out at a lake overlooking the city - a nice way to end the day!

Next up...adventures in Deep Cove, including an epic hike, stand-up paddle boarding, and a canoe trip!


  1. The beauty that you share in your photos is overwhelming. I really enjoy these vicarious trips with you and your family. You are so very blessed Lauren. I love you.

  2. Loving this! Thanks for sharing all about your Vancouver trip!!

  3. Great pictures Lauren!! Love that you were able to explore my hood :)