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!
One of the most spectacular highlights of the holiday season in downtown Vancouver is the Stanley Park Bright Nights miniature train attracting several hundred thousand visitors each year and well within walking distance from Lord Stanley Suites.
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.
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!
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
What’s the #1 New Year’s Resolution on most everyone’s list? Without a doubt, it would have to be keeping or getting fit, fitter and fittest. And what better way to kick start the year than to go for a walk especially when your route takes you by some of the most fascinating public art pieces in the downtown area, conveniently located near Lord Stanley Suites on the Park, so lace up your running shoes and just do it!
The holiday mood is in full swing here at Lord Stanley; there’s our Christmas tree illuminated with twinkling lights in the Breakfast Room and in our Lobby area, Yuletide accoutrements are festively displayed. When you venture outside, it’s evident that Vancouver is celebrating the season, too. Go for a walk or hop in the car to take in the dazzling downtown decorations; and if you have a chance, go and see our top 3 picks, all located in the downtown area: