Despite the blustery west coast weather that Vancouver typically receives in the late autumn and early winter season, this does not deter locals or visitors from visiting the iconic English Bay, a captivating ocean side with one of the most panoramic vistas of the city. It’s virtually jam-packed with people for the popular New Years Day Polar Bear Swim as well as for the internationally acclaimed Celebration of Light fireworks festival in the summer, but during the late fall/early winter when English Bay in the West End neighbourhood is less crowded does it become an interesting area that is truly worthwhile to investigate.
One of the most happening events in North Vancouver for three months in the weekends of summer is at Shipyards Market right on the water where an assembly of food trucks, local artisans, diverse performers & musicians as well as hipsters congregate for a fabulous evening of fun.
At Lord Stanley Suites on the Park, wake up to a freshly brewed cup of java while you admire a magnificent sweeping vista of nature’s playground outside your window, where Stanley Park is situated right next door; replete with a glorious view of the snow capped North Shore mountains as well as picture postcard perfect Coal Harbour.
Well hello, World! After months and months of hammering, dry-walling, painting and plastering, our face lift is complete and we’re ready for our close up: so very thrilled to introduce our brand new Premium Plus Suites, which provide stunning unobstructed wall to ceiling views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains & downtown Vancouver.
What’s the best way to soak up the spectacular sights along False Creek? Some of the most breathtaking waterfront views (as well as mountain vistas) can be seen aboard one of the jaunty water taxis that ply this waterway.
If you’ve never had the chance the visit the world-renowned Capilano Suspension Bridge, a great time to explore this sensational attraction is during the winter when the bridge, along with the entire park comes alive after dark: all completely festooned with tens of thousands of twinkling holiday lights.
Whether it’s the Orient Express or Thomas the Tank, trains and train travel have long been publicized in numerous songs, films and books that young and old are infinitely familiar with; here in Vancouver, the Stanley Park train is a local institution.
Ask any local what’s the #1 must-do summer activity at or near Stanley Park and you’d probably get a unanimous response: go for a stroll or cycle! Recently rated the #1 urban park in the world by Trip Advisor with some of the most scenic bike trails bar none, it is suitable not only for cycling, but also running, walking, in-line skating and stroller pushing, too. Step outside the doors of the hotel with JP, Lord Stanley Suite’s handyman extraordinaire for a scenic little ride!
It’s undeniable; the signs of spring are just about everywhere you look as soon as you step out the doors of Lord Stanley; in fact, down the block at Chilco & Alberni, right at the entrance to Stanley Park, there’s a magnificent grouping of cherry trees in frothy, pink splendour. Saunter across Georgia St to Coal Harbour; there you’ll find spectacular splashes of pink blossoming trees that line the seawall walkway. Even the majestic Sliding Edge waterfall is flanked with carefree branches of blossoms swaying in the breeze and heralding the first breath of spring.