Party in Vancouver’s Famous Urban Forest: Celebrate Stanley Park, Aug. 24-25

Siwash Rock

It was 125 years ago that an enlightened Vancouver city council petitioned the federal government to set aside more than 1,000 acres on the edge of the city for park and recreation purposes.

Fast-forward to the present and Stanley Park is one of the world’s premiere urban forests and a must-see destination for visitors. Located in the heart of a city of millions, the park manages to remain stubbornly wild, with tracts of old growth forest, rugged cliffs plunging to the sea and pristine lakes. But these days there’s also something for everyone – from ornate gardens to a world-class aquarium and an idyllic seaside promenade.

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Party in Vancouver’s Famous Urban Forest: Celebrate Stanley Park, Aug. 24-25

Vintage Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Originally produced by the Whitefoot Studio, and presented by The Board of Park Commissioners of Vancouver in 1940, this silent film looks in-depth at the numerous parks that rest within the city limits of Greater Vancouver. It’s a long clip, but this vintage documentation is truly unique. Check out the free swimming lessons section by the Vancouver Sun at Second Beach about 13 minutes in—amazing! I’d love to see that start up again (my front crawl could use a little work).

Free Outdoor Movies for July

The screen on its way up! Photo: West End BIA

Suzanne recently blogged about Hastings Racecourse showing 80’s flicks for free on Friday nights, and now I’m here to tell you about the free outdoor movie series for 2010.

The West End BIA will again be hosting Dinner & A Movie series; free outdoor movie nights in Ceperley Meadow in Stanley Park (it’s right near Second Beach).

The dates and movies for this year are as follows:

July 7th: Mamma Mia

July 14th: The Goonies

July 22nd: Monsters vs Aliens

July 29th: The Karate Kid (the original film, not the “Will Smith’s son” film)

Moviegoers are encouraged to pick up some food to chow down on while watching the movie. Or, if you have some time, why not check out some of the fabulous restaurants in the West End before you head on down?

All movies begin at dusk, so bring down your blanket or beanbag for a great evening in a beautiful location.

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