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
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!