Lord Stanley Blog

Insights into the local Vancouver Area.


Summer Cycling Through Stanley Park!

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!

Spring is in Full Bloom around Lord Stanley Suites!

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.

Things to do in Stanley Park

Located less than a mile away from Lord Stanley Suites is world famous Stanley Park, designated a national historic site of Canada, this 1,000-acre green oasis attracts approximately 8 million visitors each year.¬† Stanley Park was first opened on September 27, 1888 and is named after Lord Frederick Stanley, the Governor General of Canada at that time. The goal of Stanley Park is to create a place where citizens can “recreate themselves through active sport or¬†peaceful relaxation.”

Hop on a Scenic Harbour Cruise!

If you’re ready to embark in a scenic little adventure to view Vancouver from a different perspective, stroll over to Harbour Cruises located at the foot of Denman St., just steps away from Lord Stanley Suites! Take the one hour harbour tour (inside Burrard Inlet) on the MPV Constitution: you’ll get the opportunity to see many highly rated attractions which you can view comfortably either up top on the observation deck or below deck inside the cabin.

Queen Elizabeth Park is Picture Postcard Perfect

Situated 500 feet above sea level, Queen Elizabeth Park (named after Queen Elizabeth II’s mother) is the highest point in Vancouver, occupies 130 acres (52 hectares) and receives 6 millions visits year round, second only to Stanley Park. Although it was formerly the site of a rock quarry, now it’s manicured lawns, beautifully maintained flowerbeds, sunken gardens and landscaped vistas provide the perfect backdrop for wedding pictures; what’s more, there’s a chapel handily on site, too!

Events In Vancouver

Lord Stanley is ideally located to enjoy the many events that Vancouver has to offer. Only a short walk takes you to English Bay for the famous Honda Celebration of Light fireworks or stroll into Stanley Park to Malkin Bowl where concerts are often held during the summer. As well, Downtown Vancouver hosts everything from professional hockey, football and soccer events to Vancouver’s inspiring festival culture.

For a detailed list of events, visit: Tourism Vancouver Events Calendar

Spring Fling in Stanley Park

No matter where you look, it’s hard not to notice the first signs of spring: young leafy tendrils poking up from the earth, newly blossomed branches of yellow forsythia swaying gently in the breeze or full on pink frothiness of Japanese cherry blossoms decorating parks, city streets and even in the courtyards of downtown.