Nothing like other large urban parks, Stanley Park does not come from the creation of a landscape architect and other historical building, but rather the evolution of a forest and urban space over many decades. Most of the man made structures we see today were built-in between 1911 and 1937 under the control of then superintendent W.S. Rawlings. Added attractions, such as a polar bear display, aquarium, and mini train, were added in the post-war period.
Stanley Park is a 1,001 acres public recreational area that touches the border of the downtown of Vancouver, Canada and is roughly entirely surrounded by waters of the Pacific Ocean. A greater portion of the place remains as densely forested as it was in some time back in late 1800’s, with about a half million trees, some of them stand as tall as 76 meters and are up to several decade years old. Thousands of trees were lost and many replanted after three major windstorms that took place in the last 100 years, including the one came in 2006.
The biggest aquarium in Canada, the Vancouver Aquarium was made available to the resident of the recreational area of Stanley Park since 1956. It is considered to be one of the top things to see in here. Almost 70,000 creatures, including whales, dolphins, and other type fish from around the world; this Aquarium is termed as a leader in aquatic conservation and deals a wide variety of educational programs for all ages.
The Miniature Train is running at its set track of 2 kilometer in the park and considered to be most favorite things for younger kids. It carries its passengers through the forest on winding tracks, over trestles and all the way through tunnels on a 2 km wilderness journey. You can ride this Miniature Train over the whole summer season or at special festival events throughout the year, including the Halloween Ghost Train and the Christmas-themed Bright Nights. Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon is further one of its most well-known landmarks. This striking body of water is located just inside the park’s main doorway off Georgia Street and is a sanctuary for many types of birds, plants and animals. Enjoy discovering the Lost Lagoon yourself, or consult the Lost Lagoon Nature House–one of the lesser-known things to do at this place to learn from the experts.