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Attractions in Stanley Park

There are many attractions and points of interest in Stanley Park.  No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park and it's attractions.

There may be a new Stanley Park attraction in mid-2017.  It would be a Lions Gate Bridge Climb where you could climb up 360 ladder rungs in the north or south towers of the Lions Gate Bridge emerging at the top having a 360 degree view around.  Obviously, this attraction would be for people who were fairly fit and not claustrophobic or scared of heights!

Totem Poles

Totem Poles and Welcome Gateway in Stanley Park
Totem Poles and Welcome Gateway in Stanley Park

The Totem Poles in Stanley Park are the most visited attraction in British Columbia and possibly all of Canada!  There are 9 beautiful carved totem poles that represent the aboriginal culture of British Columbia.  These totem poles are presented in a beautiful natural setting at Brockton Point along with 3 aboriginal welcome gateways!

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Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium dolphin show
Vancouver Aquarium dolphin show

The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world and is a major attraction in Stanley Park.  It has many displays showcasing British Columbia's coast, Canada's arctic, penguins, tropical mammals, fish and frogs.  The most recent exhibit is one in which you can actually touch rays swimming in a pool!  They also have a fabulous dolphin show with rescued animals.  The aquarium is well known for it's research and animal rescue work.

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Miniature Train

Miniature Train in Stanley Park
Miniature Train in Stanley Park

There is a Miniature Train attraction in Stanley Park.  There are 4 different locomotives that take people on a 15 minute ride through a beautiful wilderness area that includes a tunnel and a tressle!  Children and Adults can ride the train for a small fee.  The train runs during Easter, summer, Halloween, and Christmas times!  For the Halloween train, there is a scary theme where nightly there are fabulous sets and actors dressed up according to a yearly theme, e.g. scary fairy tales!  For the Christmas train, there are millions of christmas lights set up in displays!

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Lumbermens' Arch

Lumbermens' Arch
Lumbermens' Arch

The Lumbermen's Arch is one of the unique attractions of Vancouver.  It is a monument unlike any other monument in the world.  Located where once was a first nations village site, it is made up of a giant log raised in the air at one end paying homage to British Columbia's logging heritage!

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Stanley Park Pavilion

Stanley Park Pavilion
Stanley Park Pavilion

The Stanley Park Pavilion is a historic 1911 building that has a restaurant, wedding/banquet facilities, and offices for the Stanley Park Ecology Society.  It has a beautiful garden in the front of it that is one of the best in Stanley Park.  In the summer you can frequently see weddings taking place here!

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Nine O'Clock Gun

Nine O'Clock Gun
Nine O'Clock Gun

The Nine O'Clock gun is another attraction that is unique to Vancouver.  It is an old cannon that fires nightly at 9pm.  It has been doing this almost continuously since Vancouver became a city!

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Susan Point Welcome Gateways

Susan Point Welcome Gateway in Stanley Park
Susan Point Welcome Gateway in Stanley Park

There are 3 Welcome Gateways carved by Susan Point around the Totem Poles in Stanley Park.  Most people go to see the Totem Poles, but overlook the beautiful Welcome Gateways.  If you go visit the Totem Poles be sure to check out all 3 Welcome Gateways located around the area where the totem poles are.  The artist, Susan Point, is also featured in an art show from Feb - May 28, 2017 at the Vancouver Art Gallery!

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Nature House

Nature House
Nature House

The Stanley Park Nature House has nature related exhibits and information about Stanley Park.  It is operated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

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Malkin Bowl

Malkin Bowl
Malkin Bowl

Malkin Bowl is a outdoor covered stage that hosts musicals(Theatre Under the Stars) and concerts during the late spring and summer.  It is a beautiful outdoor venue to see a show!

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Siwash Rock

Siwash Rock
Siwash Rock

Siwash Rock is a large rock structure on the west side of Stanley Park that has been separated from Stanley Park by millions of years of wave action by the ocean.  Miraculously, a tree grows out of the top of it!

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SS Empress of Japan Figurehead

SS Empress of Japan Figurehead
SS Empress of Japan Figurehead

The SS Empress of Japan figurehead is a colourful replica of the actual figurehead of the ship that conducted commerce between Vancouver and the Orient in the early days of Vancouver.

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Entrance Bridge

Entrance Bridge
Entrance Bridge

The Entrance Bridge is the original formal entrance to Stanley Park.  When you go over the bridge you are greeted with open arms by the Lord Stanley statue!

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Jubilee Fountain

Jubilee Fountain
Jubilee Fountain

The Jubilee Fountain is a beautiful fountain in Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park.  It is frequently lit up at night and is a beautiful water feature!

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Prospect Point Lighthouse

Prospect Point Lighthouse
Prospect Point Lighthouse

The Prospect Point Lighthouse is one of the two lighthouses in Stanley Park.  It is located at the spot where a famous ship wrecked (and still resides)!

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Brockton Point Lighthouse

Brockton Point Lighthouse
Brockton Point Lighthouse

The Brockton Point Lighthouse is one of the two lighthouses in Stanley Park.  It has great views of the north shore of Vancouver and Burrard Inlet.

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Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge
Lions Gate Bridge

The Lions Gate Bridge is the first bridge built from Vancouver to North Vancouver.  It was built by the Guiness family (yes, the beer family) to access land holdings in North and West Vancouver.  The road to the bridge goes directly through the heart of Stanley Park!

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Boardwalks

Tunnel trail Boardwalk
Tunnel trail Boardwalk

A recent attraction to Stanley Park are some boardwalks.  These wooden boardwalks are used to protect sensitive habitat, but allow the public to enjoy it.

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Georgia Viaduct Lamp

Georgia Viaduct Lamp
Georgia Viaduct Lamp

A recent attraction to Stanley Park is a restored historic lamp from the original Georgia Street viaduct in Vancouver.

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Cob House

Cob House
Cob House

The Cob House is an example of a green building.

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HMCS Discovery Naval Reserve

HMCS Discovery Naval Reserve
HMCS Discovery Naval Reserve

The HMCS Discovery Naval Reserve is an active Canadian Navy Training Facility located on Deadman's Island in Stanley Park.

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Vancouver Parks Board Office

Vancouver Parks Board Office
Vancouver Parks Board Office

The Vancouver Parks Board Office are located in Stanley Park.  The office has a unique architecture and has beautiful grounds.

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Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage
Rose Cottage

The Rose Cottage is an old cottage that used to be the house of Stanley Park's first park commissioner.

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Wishing Well

Wishing Well
Wishing Well

The Wishing Well is a little known attraction in Stanley Park.

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Salmon Display Pool

Salmon Display Pond
Salmon Display Pond

Salmon are an important fish species for British Columbia.  This pool is to help educate the public about salmon.

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Polar Bear Compound

Polar Bear Compound in Stanley Park
Polar Bear Compound in Stanley Park

There used to be a zoo at Stanley Park.  All that remains of the Zoo is the Polar Bear Compound minus the polar bears!  See what it used to take to keep the polar bears from eating you!

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Stanley Park Tour

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