"Dandy Park," my brother called it when he was a little boy and unable to pronounce Stanley Park. It's a perfect misnomer for this downtown...
VANCOUVER, B.C. — “Dandy Park,” my brother called it when he was a little boy and unable to pronounce Stanley Park.
It’s a perfect misnomer for this downtown Vancouver park, one of the world’s most entrancing urban parks.
I spent a day in Stanley Park this past weekend, walking the six-mile Seawall path that encircles its shoreline and strolling forest paths to the teardrop Beaver Lake (lots of ducks, no beavers in sight) in the heart of the thousand-acre park.
To make it easier for Seattle Times readers to explore Vancouver — including Stanley Park — and other West Coast cities, Travel is offering online interactive maps of Vancouver and Victoria, B.C., and soon maps of Portland and Seattle, at seattletimes.com/travel. Each map highlights 10 of my favorite places in each city, with links for more information.
- To retire at 55 takes big savings
- With death on table, McEnroe jury's friendships crumbled
- 2 young boys suffer 'significant' injuries in explosion in Enumclaw
- Defenses will have tough choices to make vs. Seahawks, tight end Jimmy Graham
- Car strikes 3 at Sasquatch festival; 1 serious injury
Most Read Stories
Stanley Park likely will be in the top 10 for most visitors since it has something for everyone, from walking/biking/jogging paths to children’s playgrounds; a miniature train; and the Vancouver Aquarium, where snow-white beluga whales frolic.
I headed to another of my top-10 places this past weekend, the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s a perfect rainy-day destination, a place to get a glimpse of British Columbia’s art history and cutting-edge present.
The museum is housed in what was once the provincial courthouse, an imposing 1906 building of stone, columns and a grand circular staircase. Courtrooms have been transformed into art galleries and, while far smaller than the Seattle Art Museum, it offers an evocative collection of 20th-century Canadian landscape paintings, especially of the beloved B.C. painter Emily Carr. Temporary exhibits often focus on historic and contemporary photography, for which Vancouver is becoming well-known.
Kristin Jackson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-464-2271.