We stayed in Vancouver an extra day after SIGGRAPH finished. It was a beautiful day, so we rented bikes and set off to explore Stanley Park. It’s an amazing place; a thousand acres on the northernmost point of downtown Vancouver. We took the seawall bike path, a trail that as its name implies follows the seawall around the peninsula. One of the highlights is the Lions Gate suspension bridge that crosses Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver.
We also stopped at Prospect Point for lunch overlooking the narrows.
The inlet is a busy place with big freighters like these off Siwash rock, tugboats, and seaplanes zooming by.
After lunch we explored the interior of the park. It’s a temperate rain forest with big trees and small lakes, like the beaver pond this fellow lives in.
The famous rhododendrons are past, but the rose garden was in fine form. When Chris was a teen they visited Vancouver, and about all she remembers is visiting these gardens.
After we dropped our bikes off, we walked back home along the docks where houseboats nestled in between huge yachts.