Stanley Park is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Vancouver City. Unlike most urban green-spaces this thousand acre park is still mostly dense forest allowing animals such as raccoons, skunks, beavers and even coyotes to thrive. The park has a thriving Gray Squirrel population that are all decedents of eight pairs that were acquired from New York’s Central Park in 1909. The park is home to over 200 species of birds including the largest population of Blue Herron in North America.
The park is almost entirely surrounded by water allowing for great views across Vancouver Harbor and English Bay. Stanley park has a large amount of monuments that you can explore walking the extensive network of roads and walking tracks. The popular seawall is a great place to try your luck at some fishing.
Horse riding is popular way to explore the 27 kilometers (17mil) of forest trails whilst rock gardens, totem poles, sandy beaches, and Vancouver Aquarium are all popular activities for visitors to the park.