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UBC Botanical Gardens
UBC Botanical Gardens
#About Vancouver's Botanical Gardens

The UBC Botanical Gardens is a wonderful garden belonging to the University of British Columbia, UBC. It is located on the southern end of the campus, and is very nice.

In the Botanical Gardens in front of you, you can see over 7,000 species from around the world. There is an Alpine garden, Asian garden, fauna garden, winter garden, and a medicinal garden, and even a rain forest.

This is the University's Botanical Gardens, the oldest in Canada. It opened in 1916 by the first botanist of the university, John Davidson. Its original purpose was for research for British Columbia's flowers, however today it displays flowers from around the world, and is used as a place for research, education, preservation, and presenting plants from around the world.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/cBVIX7wLCCo
VanDusen Botanical Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden
#About the Wonderful Botanical Garden in Vancouver

At the center of the city of Vancouver, on land that belonged to the railroad company, and later was used as a golf course, is today the VanDusen Botanical Garden. These are spectacular botanical gardens, with rich greenery that is varied and exotic. There are over 250,000 plants here, with more than 7,000 varieties of plants and trees, some are rare, and are from all over the world.

The area of the gardens are 223,000 square meters. They were established in 1975. On land from the Canadian railroad company that was supposed to build large residential towers. After a protest by the residents of the area, and with generous donations by one of them, W. J. VanDusen, the railroad company changed its purpose and created the botanical gardens.

The VanDusen Botanical Gardens has combined over 8,000 species of plants, that were collected from many countries. There are 65 types of birds, and many lovely pools and marble statues. Each summer there are roses that bloom here, and in autumn the gardens are colored in a reddish-orange color, during spring Alpine roses bloom and thousands of daffodils

The variety of plants here is truly wonderful. There are many surprises from all corners of the world. You can see over 24 species of maples, huge Sequoia trees from Northern California, delicate lichens that were collected and today grow here, and flowers from the area of the Himalayas.


Another attraction not to be missed is the maze in the Elizabethan style. You can see more mazes around North America, but good luck getting out of them.



#Tips

In the gardens you can walk around on your own or with a guide, free of charge.

A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/_EdYqWZTIhQ
Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park
#About the Park that was Dedicated to the Queen of England

Queen Elizabeth Park in the south side of the city is a park full of life that was established in the 1930's, and is visited by about 6 million people each year!

The park, considered the second most important park in Vancouver, is called after the former Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, mother of the current Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, and is located at an area where old quarries used to be.

Except for the huge variety of flowers and the botanical gardens, in the park there is also the impressive Quarry Garden, that the park designers planned between the ruins of the quarry that was here and its cut out cliffs from the past.

In an area in the park called Arboretum there are hundreds of trees exhibited from all around Canada, that were brought from afar and planted here. Near them are playgrounds, many statues, fountains, green lawns and well-maintained gardens. There are also picnic areas and a pretty good restaurant.

The view from the park is not any less impressive. At the Queen Elizabeth Park there is a small hill, about 150 meters tall, and that is the tallest point in the city.

From downtown Vancouver and the English Bay, until the wonderful snow-capped mountains around the city - any direction you will look, there are wonderful views from the park. Locals and tourists come here, to enjoy the peace and quiet, or watch over the city.

There is a painting corner where artists meet and paint together. The park is large, and its size is over 500,000 square meters. This park is also popular as a place to take wedding photos. Many couples even get marries in a small cabin that is meant for wedding ceremonies.

Like in every park in the city, there are various sporting facilities and fields, out in the open air, locals come here regularly to play sports, play golf, tennis and frisbee, or just walk or run and work out.



#About the Picturesque Bloedel Conservatory

Above all the attractions at the Queen Elizabeth Park, the Bloedel Conservatory sits with its glass dome top. There are at least 500 plant varieties, from 3 different climate areas around the world, living in this greenhouse, located at the top of the hill.

In the Bloedel Conservatory there are plants from different parts of the world. From jungle greenery to exotic plants. In the greenhouse live many fish and birds, in their natural habitats. There are dozens of types of tropical birds and vibrant fish that will create a unique experience.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/XNxk8o0Utvo
Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park
#About the Ancient Rain Forest Near the City

Only about a half hour drive from the center of Vancouver, there is the Lighthouse Park, a beautiful park that is considered almost the only one where you can visit a real rain forest, without having to go to Vancouver Island.

In the park you can visit the trails that pass through the large and ancient trees, some more than 500 years old. There are trees exclusive to the Vancouver area, for other forests in the area were milled for local buildings. The trees that were replanted are considerably younger than the ones at the lighthouse.

Go on the paths towards the water line. Settle in a place where you can see the lighthouse, named Point Atkinson. To the lighthouse itself you cannot reach, since it is fenced off and not open to visitors. It was built in 1912, in the same place where once, in 1874, stood the first lighthouse.

Want to see seals? In the beach called Starboat Cove you can see them. Often you can even see whales from far away, and this is already a special and interesting experience.

On the way back east, to the car or bus, notice faraway the well-taken care of neighborhood that looks over the waters of Burrard Inlet, the same piece of water between North Vancouver and downtown.

It's beautiful here, we know...



#Tips

At the entrance to the park are maps of the trails.

The park trails are marked well and it is easy to find your way.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/TF_JYH-DEhE

Parks in Vancouver

Vancouver
Lynn Canyon Park
#About the Wonderful Place for a Hot Summer Day

Lynn Canyon Park, in northern Vancouver, is in the mountains, about half an hour's drive from the city center. It has a number of very nice walking trails within the forest, a small waterfall, a nice pool and a nice ecological center.

There is a bridge that was built in 1911, and crosses the canyon. After that, a walking path begins between the trees, which reaches to the pleasant pool. From the days of the small pool here, it is pure and cold and you can splash and swim. Some jump, but watch out.

Lynn Canyon is a great place to spend a family outing with the children on a hot summer day. This is a great place for a morning or afternoon break and is only a 10-minute walk from the bridge. In fact, just after the hanging bridge over the deep ravine, there is a dark forest full of moss and ferns. It has organized walking paths, leading to various charming and amiable corners.

Entrance to Lynn Park is free and so is the parking. It is no less impressive than the Capilano Park, which is always full of visitors and goes up quite a bit. Therefore, Lynn Park is known in Vancouver as a charming place and an excellent solution for family entertainment in nature, which is neither crowded nor required.


#What Will You See Here?

Lynn Canyon is a park with natural woodland and waterfalls.

Among the popular spots in Lynn Canyon Park are:

Lynn Bridge - this suspension bridge is 50 meters above the canyon with a flowing river, which also creates various waterfalls.

Twin Falls - two waterfalls near the suspension bridge. Above them is a wide bridge. Watching them is beautiful and you can also enter the water, but slightly below.

Thirty Foot Pool - this swimming pool and bathing area are a popular swimming area in the water, with the measure of pool width rather than depth.

Baden-Powell Trail - crosses the canyon in the center. It's a long, neat trail that passes through many points along British Columbia. Even in the park here, walking along it is recommended. The trail passes through the hanging bridge and other points in the park.


#Tips

Lynn Canyon is a great place for the warm days.

Admission is free and parking is free of charge.

There are great hiking trails here for lovers of walking.

A map of the park can be requested in the small information center at the entrance. It opens at 10:00 am. You can also try to download a map of the park from the site.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/u2oEgVjs168


And its hanging bridge:

https://youtu.be/AsKmqAm-f7k
Deep Cove Park
Deep Cove Park
#About the Natural Park with Kayaks and the Beach

Deep Cove Park, just half an hour from the center of Vancouver, is a beautiful beach village and one of the best places in the area. This is a natural area located on the eastern edge of North Vancouver and is one of the best places in the area for hiking, nature activities and kayaking, canoe and pedal boats.

The entire area is picturesque and enchanting. Even if you find it difficult to buy a house in the village itself, whose houses are the most expensive in Canada, the surrounding landscape is free, spectacular and inviting for green and blue walks.

Deep Cove's sandy beach is not big but it's fun to swim in. Along it there is a paved path, the dock of Deep Cove and in the middle of the marina.

Deep Cove Village Center is a one block street with restaurants, cafes and ice cream. Here we can drink and eat.


#Tips

Along the coastline there are also some nice parks, which often take place on Friday nights, during the summer season, there are free music performances.

A good meal is worth ordering at the excellent Arms Reach Bistro.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/3FqI5w-Pom0


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/I6OGH9YJUMA


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/59sLJUZ9M0E
Vanier Park
Vanier Park
#About the Park in the Kitsilano Neighborhood

Vanier Park is a large and important public park in the Kitsilano neighborhood in Vancouver. In the past the Vancouver police would use this area for training, today it is a lovely park for the residents, where kites are flown, joggers fill the park and other athletic activities.

The trails in the park connect it with the wonderful Kits Beach (Kitsilano Beach), and Hadden Park nearby.

The park was established in 1967. It is located on the peninsula near the Burrard Bridge, and reflects the downtown and English Bay, south of False Creek.


#What Will You See in the Park?

Vanier Park includes one of the most popular beaches in the city, Kitsilano Beach. Nearby you will find Kitsilano Pool, the longest swimming pool in Canada, and not far away is a grove with impressive maple trees.

In the park you will find walking trails and different athletic facilities. There is space for kite flying, as well as playing fields. Discover also the favorite little boat pier.

Above enjoyment from everything and the plants and views of the park, in Vanier Park are 3 important museums: Vancouver Museum, Maritime Museum, and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. The City of Vancouver Archives can also be found here.



#Tips

Some of the large summer festivals take place in the park each year. There is a festival for Shakespeare called Bard on the Beach.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/j7jnq75v5Qw


The Park with the View and Art:

https://youtu.be/EqDZk3SuEfs
Stanley Park
Stanley Park
#About the Big Park in Vancouver

Stanley Park, which borders the Pacific Ocean, is considered one of the largest, best and most enjoyable parks in the world and the famous attraction of Vancouver. Along with many flora, trails, gardens and beaches, you will also find many of the nicest corners and attractions.

The vast Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is larger than Central Park in New York. The entrance is from the city's downtown. Over 8 million visitors arrive every year, including local residents from the city and the surrounding area and many tourists, including you!

With an area of ​​40,000 square meters, this is the largest and most popular park in Vancouver, with its great lawns, hiking trails, beaches, sights, landscaped gardens and botanic views of Native American totem poles.

Stanley Park is also a great place for a family outing with the kids. It has playgrounds, picnic areas, a nice water park, a children's train and a petting zoo. The park also houses the municipal aquarium.

One of the pleasures of Stanley Park is to rent a bicycle and drive around it, or on its inner paths. On the "wall path" that surrounds it, you can enjoy cycling or rollerblading, about 10 kilometers or an hour and a half of riding.

Besides being one of the most famous urban parks in the world, Stanley Park is also a well-kept green lung, inviting exercise. Many come here for sport activities in nature. Apart from cycling, walking and other forms of movement, there are also various sports facilities, such as tennis courts, golf and bowling.


#What Can Be Seen Here?

In the park, which covers an area of ​​more than 40,000 square meters, there are several places worth seeing. Among them are particularly worthwhile:

The 9 O'Clock Gun - The cannon that shoots every night at 9:00 pm. On his barrel you will see the emblems of King George III and Count Henry Pipps, the Ordnance Commander, from when he was stationed here.

Lost Lagoon - The Hidden Lagoon, which used to disappear at low tide of the day, but is now flooded. Watch here the swans, geese and ducks.

Totem Poles - the totem pole area of ​​the original Native Americans of Canada, who are referred to in Canada as "the first settlers." In Indian culture, totems reflect symbols and legends.

Hallelujah Point - the place where the Salvation Army used to sing the "Hallelujah" and one the locals dubbed "Hallelujah Point."

Vancouver Aquarium - Vancouver Aquarium, located on the east side of the park.

Siwash Rock - a rock rising from the water
Hollow Tree
Prospect Point - view of the spectacular Lion's Gate Bridge
Rose Garden - a beautiful rose garden.

Apart from these, there are 3 beaches in the park:
Second Beach - The recommended beach
Third Beach
English Bay Beach.


#Tips

For those arriving with a car, parking is possible for a full day.

Rent bikes for riding in the park - in the park or in one of the shops on nearby Denman Street.

The hour-long carriage takes 20-30 minutes from the kiosk near the entrance from Georgia Street.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/AGFqacUQTl0


Walking Around the Park:

https://youtu.be/miZkNW-L7Ck


Places of Interest in Stanley Park:

https://youtu.be/6KpoXN3IEGc


Vancouver
Capilano Park
#About the Park that is a Rain Forest

Capilano River Regional Park, or the hanging bridge park, is a green park with wonderful suspension bridges, a trip here is described as unforgettable.

This park is not to be confused with the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which has the long famous suspension bridge in Vancouver.

The park, one of the oldest tourist spots in Vancouver, is located in a forest with more than 7,000 square meters of rain forest, full of fir and cedar trees.

Here you will walk along steep canyon cliffs, and hear the flowing water from the nearby Capilano River. The Cliffwalk is especially nice, a trail suspended in midair, a little scary but a lot of fun.

All throughout December, the bridges and other attractions in the park are decorated with colorful lights that make a visit here extra special.


#What Can Be Seen at the Park?

Capilano Park, very close to Grouse Mountain and its suspension bridges, has spectacular gardens, a wonderful natural view of the forests and the raging Capilano River and a wonderful atmosphere. This is one of the most popular sites in Vancouver and its old tourist sites.

This park seems to be suitable for any age. It has attractions that can suit everyone - from exhibitions in the Forest of Life House, interactive illustration of flora and fauna in the rain forests, guided tours along the western rainforest, creative corners for young people, handicrafts and more.

The park also has a totem area, where 25 authentic totem poles stand side by side and allow you to get to know the wonderful Indian tradition of the place.

In a cottage called the Big House, local Indians are happy to explain their traditions and customs and demonstrate their typical sculptural and creative techniques.

Above the Cliffwalk, which surrounds a granite cliff at high altitude, you can look forward and down, through the transparent floor, on the river and the forest below.

You will also see various free attractions in the park, such as the impressive Cleveland Dam, the bridge above it and the Capilano Salmon Hatchery.

From the hike in the forest and the long sections of the Cliffwalk track, winding between the trees and the park facilities, you can get a great view to a magnificent and wonderful view and fascinating attractions that you will not forget so quickly.





#Tips

In the park you can enjoy different walking tracks, with guided tours that educate about the fascinating rain forest.

In the park is a cafe, restaurants, and nice souvenir shops.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/VMSYydSCPz4


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/XYjutYkZYIQ


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