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Canada ’17 – Beaches and Parks

After another good nights sleep, we decided to jump in the car and take a tour of the beaches and parks VanCity had to offer.

The first park on the days hit list was Queen Elizabeth Park. At 152 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.

The 52-hectare park is home to the stunning Bloedel Conservatory.

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Bloedel Conservatory

The park is located on Little Mountain, it’s surface was scarred at the turn of the twentieth century when it was quarried for its rock, which served to build Vancouver’s first roadways.

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The view is so spectacular even the sculptures want in on the photos!
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Those city views with the mountains in the background.
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Vancouver City

Next stop Pacific Spirit Regional Park. But first up we had to do a quick drive by to see where a friend used to live, before arriving at Acadia Beach located between Spanish Banks and Wreck Beach.

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Acadia Beach selfie

We stopped at Spanish Banks West for some lunch.

There seems to be a theme on the beaches here in Canada – logs and volleyball courts. Why? The volleyball courts i get although maybe not as many as there seems to be but the logs! Yeah i don’t think that’s going to catch on at home anytime soon.

We then made our way to Burrard St Bridge.

As it was such a beautiful day, we took the opportunity to wander around the edge of the bay.

Before arriving at Kitsilano Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the city.

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The Kwakwaka’wakw Centennial Pole by Mungo Martin.

We had parked at Vanier Park near the museum, but unfortunately we really didn’t have time today to take in the exhibits.

From here we headed to Stanley Park, a 405-hectare public park almost entirely surrounded by waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay.

First stop inside the park was Brockton Point for The Stanley Park Totem Poles. The nine towering monuments tell the stories of First Nations history and culture.

Rising on Brockton Point, the new bronze sculpture – dubbed Shore to Shore – depicts a little-known but colourful figure from the city’s past, the whaler known as Portuguese Joe Silvey. The sculpture, which took five years to complete, depicts Portuguese Joe and each of his wives alongside a monument of intricately carved designs crowned with the head of a raptor, representing both the Canadian eagle and the Portuguese açor. It’s set on a a field of black and white stones, imported from Portugal and arranged into an intricate, swirling design. It sits near the site where Portuguese Joe once had a home in Stanley Park.

The views back to the city and mountain were spectacular.

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Stanley Park views

From here we continued to follow the seawall, a stone wall that was constructed around the perimeter of Stanley Park to prevent the erosion of the park’s foreshore.

We saw the cruise ship starting to move through the harbour and decided to try and capture it going under the Lions Gate Bridge.

The bridge from the other side.

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After a long day it was time to head home for a quick shop, some dinner and to pack – tomorrow its time to leave Vancouver and head for the mountains.

 

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