Exploring Vancouver’s Stanley Park

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Stanley Park is regarded as one of the best urban parks in the world. I’ve revealed that I didn’t get to stay in the park as long as I would have liked, but I still had time to see a lot of cool stuff there, from totem poles to suspension bridges. I visited the entire perimeter of the park, stopping along the way to check out noteworthy sights. Here’s some of what I saw.

Totem poles

The presence of Canada’s First Nations can be felt in many different parts of the country, from Vancouver to the Yukon. Stanley Park has a large display of totem poles at Brockton Point in honor of the area’s original inhabitants. According to one source, the totem poles are the most-visited attraction in all of British Columbia!

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These totem poles are eye-catching due to the colors, the sculpting, the designs. Some are recent, some are around 100 years old. All are impressive.

Kohima Epitaph

The Battle of Kohima was a key fight in World War II, ultimately won by British forces over the Japanese in India. The more than 1,400 Allied soldiers who died in the battle were honored with a cemetery and a memorial that read:

When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today

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Today, this Kohima Epitaph appears on various memorials around the world, including one at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park, which served as a defense fort in WWII.

Suspension bridge

The mile-long Lions Gate Bridge connects Vancouver with West Vancouver and North Vancouver, which are all different cities (that’s not confusing at all!) Stanley Park is a great place to see the full span of the bridge, which was constructed in 1937.

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Hiking trails

I managed to find time to sneak in a quick hike in Stanley Park and even pulled out my flying discs for an impromptu game of frisbee golf in the forest, using random trees as targets.

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There’s so much more in Stanley Park, including an Arboretum, an Asian Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, duck and frog ponds, beaches, bike paths, playgrounds, restaurants, and even a pitch & putt golf course.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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