The first time I visited Vancouver I was overwhelmed by the majesty of the city. There are the mountains and water and surprising architectural gems (Marine Building) and whimsical tourist attractions (Gastown Steam Clock) and proficient public transit with fun names (SkyTrain! SeaBus!) and shops and restaurants and, best of all, the almost-perfect coexistence of everything and everyone. This fall I returned for a second visit and I did not expect to be wowed again. Then, soon after I arrived, the rain I experienced travelling from Seattle dried up and I decided to watch the sunset from the Seawall in Stanley Park. The moment I spotted Lions Gate Bridge, it all rushed back—that feeling that it should be impossible for so much natural beauty to exist within a busy city like Vancouver. The walk following the Stanley Park portion of the seawall has to be one of the best in the world and I can’t recommend it enough. Like much of Vancouver, it’s not just that the walk is beautiful, it’s that it’s something locals and visitors can easily enjoy at their own pace, in their own way.
Here are some tips for the walk
- This isn’t a normal walk, you’ll want to stop for a rest and many other times to take photos. Pack a snack!
- Give yourself time to explore the rest of the park and consider visiting the Vancouver Aquarium on a separate visit.
- If you’re short on time or just don’t want to walk the entire portion of the seawall in Stanley Park, you can take the 19 bus right into Stanley Park and explore from there.