Stanley Park is often the first place visitors to Vancouver venture to see, and it’s no wonder why. Offering over 1000 acres of green space surrounded by ocean, every turn has breathtaking sights. This afternoon I hopped off the Trolley at the Rose Garden and was greeted by many tourists exploring one of this Spring’s first truly beautiful days.
Just past the Garden itself featuring approximately 3500 plants on display (the best time to see the Garden in full bloom is early June) is the Stanley Park Pavilion. Celebrating their hundredth anniversary this year, the Stanley Park Pavilion is one of Vancouver’s most popular locations for weddings and other special events. It is also home to Stanley’s Bar & Grill, a restaurant featuring a 200 seat verandah.
Directly across from the Pavilion is one of my favorite summer spots in Vancouver, Malkin Bowl. Malkin Bowl is not only home to Concerts in the Park, a hugely successful outdoor concert series, but to Theatre Under the Stars, which is a summer series of theatre in the park. This year, productions at Malkin Bowl include Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, the Sam Roberts Band and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Bring a blanket with you on a summer evening to enjoy these great productions in a venue unique to Vancouver!
On the other side of the Pavilion near one of the Park’s public parking areas, is Klahowya Village, an amazing Aboriginal attraction that is about to begin its second season. Open daily as of May 16th, 2011, Klahowya Village offers activities and interactive experiences for all. It encourages guests to get a taste of First Nations culture through the arts, cuisine and hands-on experiences. Highlights include a story-telling circle and the Spirit Catcher Train. With an entrance fee of only $5, this is definitely a stop that should not be missed when visiting Stanley Park.