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Stanley Park, Vancouver

Hello from Vancouver, Canada! I’m exploring a new city and having a wonderful time doing it. Stanley Park is an amazingly large park near the city center and a perfect way to spend a day in Vancouver.

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The best ways to see Stanley Park are to go for a run or walk around it or to rent a bike. My mom and I walked half of it but next time I would rent a bike!

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The seawall path goes around Stanley Park and is filled with tourists and exercise enthusiasts alike. Along the seawall are little stops like Totem Poles, Prospect Point, a tiny lighthouse, Lumberjack Arch, and statues.

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To start our day in Stanley Park we took a cab to Prospect Point for views of Lions Gate Bridge.

I remembered my selfie stick this trip!

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Lions Gate Bridge was built by Guinness beer family in 1938 and was refurbished in 1998 after falling into disrepair and closing down.

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To get to the seawall we walked a downhill kilometer through the woods and saw so many ferns and wild raspberries growing. My mom loves ferns and I love raspberries (my favorite fruit!).

There are over 27 kilometers of trails in Stanley Park so even if you visit the parks multiple times you can always wander somewhere different than a previous visit.

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After all that walking- I did a 8 miles or 18,000 steps that afternoon- food was the only thing on my mind. In Stanley Park there are a few restaurants for coffee, sandwiches, and more but since I was in Vancouver, home of North America’s 3rd largest Chinatown, I wanted Chinese food!

Hipster sitting in a tree on the way to lunch:

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We ended up at Dumpling Dynasty, somewhat near the park, and had an amazing Chinese meal with soup dumplings, sweet and sour chicken, and spicy string beans. The spicy string beans stole the show and I had a full, happy belly.

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It was a great day in Vancouver and I’d highly recommend spending a good period of time in Stanley Park doing some urban hiking, biking, and relaxing.

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