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.
Regardless of the season, there’s always plenty to see and do in Stanley Park year round. The best thing about it? Most of it is free of charge.
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.
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.”
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.
Fall is definitely the most spectacular of all seasons in Vancouver’s Stanley Park: pleasantly sunny afternoons with a decidedly crisp nip in the air, crimson and orange leaves festooning the trees and scattered on the ground make for a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop for visitors to the park.
Did you know Lord Stanley Suites on the Park is named after an actual person? And that he was the one who influenced the development of a sporting event that is ingrained in the psyche of every Canadian man, woman and child? Here’s the lowdown: If you go for a stroll in Stanley Park and wander into a clearing in the midst of a forested area across from the Vancouver Rowing Club, chances are you’ll see a large statue of a very imposing figure: Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada’s 6th Governor General and the namesake of Stanley Park.
What is the world’s best park, according to TripAdvisor? It’s right here in Vancouver and located at the doorstep of Lord Stanley at the Park! You might have guessed Central Park in New York City or perhaps Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, but Stanley Park, just a stone’s throw away from us is clearly the hands down winner. With hundreds of thousands visits annually, this 1000 acre park is majestically situated just west of the downtown core. Features include postcard perfect beaches, a world class aquarium, several fine dining establishments, breathtaking views and sweeping vistas, not to mention a scenic 5km seawall for cycling and strolling, it’s no wonder Stanley Park is the best park in the world.