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.
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.