If you’ve read the 30 Stops in 30 Weeks blog previously, it’s pretty apparent that I love Stanley Park. With 1000 acres to explore, many a wonderful afternoon can be spent exploring Vancouver’s #1 attraction. What you haven’t read yet, is my love for ice cream. You can imagine my excitement when I hopped off the Trolley at Prospect Point yesterday, home of the World Famous Ice Cream. Aside from their regular ice cream flavors, the Prospect Point Cafe offers something new to the market – matcha green tea soft-serve. This is a far stretch from the twist cones we remember from McDonald’s, yet the grown-up taste is a welcomed refreshment. I of course had to get a scoop of my favorite maple walnut ice cream, too.
The Prospect Point Cafe itself is a beautiful space, directly overlooking the Lions Gate Bridge and North Vancouver. With wooden architecture featuring wide windows and skylights, you really couldn’t get any closer to eating in nature without bringing a picnic. Currently Prospect Point is featuring the Salmon Festival on their menu, offering many dishes using both hot and cold salmon – I recommend the salmon salad.
Being an integral part of Stanley Park, the Prospect Point Cafe is focused on their heritage, featuring photos of the Lions Gate Bridge in its early days. My favorite feature of the restaurant, however, are their tables. Vancouver and Stanley Park in particular were hit with a devastating wind storm in 2006, affecting over 40% of the park’s forest. The Daniel Group, owner/operators of the Prospect Point Cafe, were quick to react to these storms and wanted to do something to preserve the trees that were destroyed. The tables in the Cafe were constructed from this lumber as a result.
The Lookout at Prospect Point has been recently redeveloped and features a large viewing area overlooking West Vancouver, the Lions Gate Bridge and the North Shore. A must-see when visiting the city, the Lookout is a great place to come with family and friends.
There are also a number of trails from this area, if you’re up for a light hike. One of them is a short trail just past the Prospect Point Cafe, taking you to the base of the Lions Gate Bridge. A nice and easy walk is just to the midway point of the bridge, which was built by the Guinness family and designed by the same person who designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. On any given day you may have a cruise ship or a whale passing underneath, and float planes flying past on their way to Victoria.