Stanley Park Mystery – The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Lake

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Beaver Lake Photo: Rob Weiss

Almost everyone loves a mystery, and what could be more mysterious than a disappearing lake?  Vanishing lake, you ask?  Yes, it is true.  Stanley Park is home to Beaver Lake, Vancouver’s incredible shrinking lake. Clue Hunters, interested in cracking the case, will need to venture off the seawall and head deep in to the forest to explore the inner wonders of Stanley Park.  Granted, the stunning views of mountains, sky and ocean along the famous seawall are difficult to leave behind, but an “off-trip” to explore Beaver Lake is worth the short detour. My favourite access point to the lake is via a stone gateway beneath Stanley Park drive.  I feel like I am entering a whole new world when I pass under the gateway, hike along the Ravine Trail adjacent to the salmon bearing Beaver Creek and emerge into the lush rain forest featuring cedar, fir and hemlock trees.

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Stanley Park Mystery – The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Lake

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Spots To Snap Fall Photos Of Your Family

Falling Leaves | Photo: Sonika Arora 604 (Flickr)

Falling Leaves | Photo: Sonika Arora 604 (Flickr)

A family visit to Vancouver in the Fall isn’t complete without a colourful photo of your children tossing leaves into the air, grinning from ear to ear as they gaze at the floating foliage that falls to the ground in reds, oranges, greens and yellows. Fortunately, Vancouver is chock-full of photo-perfect spots to capture those special autumn moments. Here are just 5 of the best places to snap Fall photos of your family in and around Vancouver.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Spots To Snap Fall Photos Of Your Family

9 Haunted Areas in Vancouver

photo: Blazing Cat Fur

photo: Blazing Cat Fur

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

Vancouver may have a reputation for being a world-class city, but it’s also a city with its fair share of otherworldly activity. Here’s a glimpse at a few haunted spots in Vancouver, some well known, while others may come as a surprise. Don’t believe us? Go check them out for yourself. We dare you to.

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9 Haunted Areas in Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate Halloween With A Ride On The Stanley Park Ghost Train

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Stanley Park Ghost Train | Photo: Instagram @ghost_trainyvr

Since 1964, the miniature passenger train in Stanley Park has been tooting over trestles, through tunnels, and over bridges, taking passengers on a two-kilometer journey through the natural surroundings of Vancouver’s most famed park.

During the Halloween season, the landscape comes alive as the train is transformed into a Halloween-themed railway adventure. This year’s theme is “Day of the Dead”, a non-spooky, colourful celebration of All Hallows’ Eve. The delightful festival of life decorates the train tour, and the party doesn’t stop when the train returns to the station. Offering a range of attractions and activities in the surrounding area, Stanley Park’s Day of the Dead Halloween celebration is the perfect way to spend a cool Fall evening with family and friends.

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Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate Halloween With A Ride On The Stanley Park Ghost Train

8 Ways to Embrace Fall in Vancouver

photo: Clinton Wong

photo: Clinton Wong

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

There’s no denying that summer in Vancouver was amazing and while it may have been difficult for some to leave summer behind (ourselves included), it’s easy to transition into Autumn if you embrace it fully. Here are 9 ways to fall in love with the changing leaves and cooler weather:

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8 Ways to Embrace Fall in Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Vancouver is rich with walking paths that weave along the city’s waterfront, but many seawall strolls are kilometres long, often too far for little feet to trek. Here are 5 seawall walks that are perfect to tackle with toddlers in tow, and each one has a fun destination at the end of the path, to keep the kids in motion while the adults enjoy the views along the way.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Exploring Vancouver: The Stanley Park Seawall and Beyond

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Dima Sergiyenko visited Vancouver back in July and put together an awesome video showcasing what it’s like for visitors to make their way around Vancouver by bike and public transport.

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Exploring Vancouver: The Stanley Park Seawall and Beyond