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!
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.