Spring Break Adventures 2012, Day 3: Stanley Park

Day 3 of our Spring Break Adventures took us to one of Vancouver’s great attractions: Stanley Park. Stanley Park, named for Lord Stanley (of Stanley Cup fame) who was Governor-General of Canada when the park opened in 1888, boasts 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of forest and green space close to the city centre.

There’s almost too much to do (including the Vancouver Aquarium) in just one day, so we narrowed our focus to the southwest corner of the park.

“A-maze-ing Laughter” by Yue Minjun

English Bay

Next to the Park Board office near the Beach Avenue entrance to the park can be found a colony of blue herons, who have returned year after year to nest in the same spot.

After checking out the herons’ nests, we headed over to Ceperley Playground next to Second Beach. The playground features an antique fire truck dating from 1928. I played on this fire truck when I was a child; it was restored and repainted in 2011.

Climbing tree at Ceperley Playground

View of buildings in the West End from Ceperley Playground

After playing at Ceperley Playground, we headed back to town via Lost Lagoon.

Great Blue Heron

Stay tuned for Spring Break Adventures, Day 4: Museum of Anthropology!

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4 Responses to Spring Break Adventures 2012, Day 3: Stanley Park

  1. Oh man! Did I ever have a childhood trauma at that firetruck when I was 6 or 7. I gave some kid the bird, having NO idea what it meant. Their Dad screamed up one side of me and down the other. I can’t look at that truck, without seeing that guy’s face…. 30 years later, lol! Looks like you had a blast!!! PS: beautiful blog!


  2. ourboler says:

    Looks like a great day! Our boys love the park. Great pictures.


  3. Dennis says:

    Love this! The Second Beach/Ceperley Park area brings back so many childhood memories including the annual Our Lady of Sorrows School picnic. Not all my private school memories were horrifying. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    As for the Aquarium, we’ll have to set that up one day with my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your spring break adventures have brought a smile to my face every day. Keep it up!


  4. funkomatic says:

    Interesting that a colony of Great Blue Herons is in such a public area. They are a bird, at least around here, known for being shy of human contact.


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