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.
Well hello, World! After months and months of hammering, dry-walling, painting and plastering, our face lift is complete and we’re ready for our close up: so very thrilled to introduce our brand new Premium Plus Suites, which provide stunning unobstructed wall to ceiling views of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains & downtown Vancouver.
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.
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.
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!
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!