Featuring 1,001 acres of abundant parkland, Stanley Park is Vancouver’s urban oasis and North America’s third largest city park.

Stanley Park was officially created in 1888 and is also one of the city’s most beloved attractions – and we’re not the only ones to feel that way. In TripAdvisor’s June 2014 Travel Choice Awards, Stanley Park topped the list of the world’s 10 best parks (and was the only Canadian park to make the list).

Beyond the centuries-old trees, the park includes an 8.8-kilometre paved seawall, the Vancouver Aquarium, children’s playgrounds, a swimming pool, beautiful gardens, cafes and restaurants – as well as several beaches, breathtaking scenery and much more.

Lost Lagoon

The Lost Lagoon a hidden jewel nestled in the backyard of the West End is more than just a tourist attraction. It’s an amazing body of water body of water, wrapped by trails that run to (and through) Stanley Park. West of Georgia Street, near the entrance to Stanley Park, it features a lit fountain that was erected by Robert Harold Williams to commemorate the city’s Golden Jubilee anniversary celebrations in 1936.

It is a nesting ground to many species of birds, including non-native Mute Swan, Canada geese, numerous species of ducks such as mallard ducks and Great Blue Herons. A nature sanctuary, a blue heron spotting place, home to the Lost Lagoon Nature House which holds a wealth of information about Vancouver, Stanley Park, and naturally the Lost Lagoon and all of the inhabitants including wildlife like raccoons, beaver’s and squirrels that dwell within.