More than a hundred years ago, Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada, dedicated a forested peninsula adjacent to the city “to the use and enjoyment of people of all colours, creeds and customs for all time.” There can be few Vancouver residents, or visitors, who do not at some time “go down to the park” to walk, run, cycle, stroll or sit, or to visit the aquarium, the open air theatre, the rose gardens and the restaurants. This walk is a sampling of seawall, forest trails and lakes, with an eye to the plants and wildlife of these different environments.
Every season has something to offer: spring and summer for Beaver Lake’s songbirds and water lilies, the winter months for waterfowl on Lost Lagoon, and fall for migrating shorebirds along the coast. Highlights: Shoreline, forest, lakes, gardens; big trees, oceanspray (ironwood); water lilies; songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds; raccoons. Terrain: Mostly flat, some steps. Seawall, forest trail and garden paths.
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