During the cold, wet winter months, most family activities tend to be limited to indoor pursuits but on those rare occasions when the sun finally pops out, it’s time to capitalize on the weather: why not pack up the kids and embark on a fun-filled bike ride to enjoy the scenic vistas along English Bay and Stanley Park!
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.
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.
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: