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!
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:
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.