Walking the Vancouver Seawall
It seems as though I’m constantly playing catch-up with my posts. Five posts a week just isn’t enough to stay current. Needless to say, I haven’t forgotten about all my adventures in South Africa, Zambia and New Hampshire. They’ve all got dates slotted on my publishing calendar, waiting for when I have some time to write and edit.
With all that being said, today’s post is from Vancouver. Two weeks ago I literally spent 25 hours in the city. I was attending a conference at the new Vancouver Convention Center. After touching down in the city, I took a walk along the Vancouver Seawall. Here’s what you can see along the way…
1. Start: Is that a Blue Vuvuzela?
I’ve spent too much time in South Africa that now I think I’m seeing vuvuzelas everywhere. Turns out it’s just a blue sculpture on the side of the convention center.
2. Follow the path along the water
The scenery is spectacular.
3. Soak up the Sun at Harbor Green Park
Take a break and lie on the grass. When was the last time you felt the feeling of grass?
4.Watch the Seaplanes take off and land
And if you have the time and money, why not take a ride in one yourself?
5. Admire the Boats Docked Along the Seawall
My Canadian readers will enjoy the name of the boat: Prairie Oyster
6. Chart Your Path Through Stanley Park
You could spend a few hours here walking it’s paths, so wander aimlessly or if you’re short on time, make a plan.
7. Swing by the Aquarium
You can pay to go in, or watch the whales and seals for free. They’re just around the corner.
8. Have a Picnic in the Park
Bring your own, or purchase from the grill.
9. Finish: Return & End at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Torch
It’s located right next to the Vancouver Convention Center. Be sure to check out the Killer Whale Sculpture too. It’s pixelated.
Today’s Lesson: Sometimes a stroll through a city, in it’s simplicity, can be the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Cheap, good for your health and unexpected surprises may delight you along the way.
What’s your favorite city to walk in?
I’ll see you out there…!
For More Information: Here’s the official information from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. I’ve also posted additional photos from my walk along the Vancouver Seawall on Facebook.
Costs: Absolutely free, except for meals or bike rentals.
How to get there: Start at the convention center, located downtown and follow the water. You can’t get lost. Just ask where the Olympic Torch is located and you’ll be all set.
Suggested Time to Experience Fully: Depending on your pace, budget at least 2 hours. Remember, however far you walk away, you have to walk that distance back. Cabs are available around Stanley Park if necessary.
Best Time to Visit: I’ve only been in summer. It was perfect. The weather was warm but not hot. Everything was green. It was perfect.
Ben Recommends: Have lunch at a restaurant along the seawall and ice cream in the park. Bring a book to read or a blanket to lay out on the grass. Just enjoy the day by doing nothing. Relax.