Connecting to Nature – Stanley Park Nature House

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View from Stanley Park Nature House Photo: Rob Weiss

Have you had an opportunity to watch the Stanley Park Heron Cam?  I must confess I have been captivated by this “birds-eye-view” of North America’s largest Pacific Great Blue Heron colony.  Interest piqued by the webcam, I decided I wanted to learn more.  Who better to explain the courtship and nesting behaviour of these prehistoric looking birds than the knowledgeable interpreters volunteering at the Stanley Park Nature House?

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Connecting to Nature – Stanley Park Nature House

And…Action! The Vancouver Park Board’s Enhanced Heron Cam is Live Streaming from Stanley Park

James Wheeler | Flickr

James Wheeler | Flickr

Vancouver’s best nature show is better than ever! The Vancouver Park Board Heron Cam—installed last year—has now been improved to provide better and clearer close-up views of the Pacific great blue herons.

The heron cam at vancouver.ca/HeronCam takes viewers inside the nests of one of North America’s largest urban great blue heron colonies until the end of the summer breeding season. These herons are a species at risk in Canada and the Stanley Park colony is a vital part of the south coast population. One-third of great blue herons worldwide live around the Salish Sea.

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And…Action! The Vancouver Park Board’s Enhanced Heron Cam is Live Streaming from Stanley Park

New Stanley Park Bike and Pedestrian Lanes Officially Completed

Image from Vancouver Park Board

Image from Vancouver Park Board

Biking and walking across the Lions Gate Bridge just got a whole lot easier.

This week, crews officially finished work on new $7-million cycling and pedestrian lanes along the Stanley Park Causeway, which leads through the park and to the bridge. The lanes give bikers and pedestrians significantly more space to navigate the busy 2.2-kilometre-long causeway.   Continue reading:
New Stanley Park Bike and Pedestrian Lanes Officially Completed

Trailblazing on Family Day – Four Family Friendly Walks

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Photo: R. Weiss

You don’t need to embark on an expedition to the Great Bear Rainforest to gain a taste for trail blazing. Vancouver’s urban forests are the perfect place for families to connect, explore, unplug and play on the Family Day long weekend. Here are four of my favourite “green” urban treks.

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Trailblazing on Family Day – Four Family Friendly Walks

Section of Stanley Park Seawall Closed for Repairs from Storm Damage

22674460238_51cd8a2cba_kStanley Park seawall lovers may need to find an alternate walking and biking route … at least for the next few weeks.

A stretch of Vancouver’s popular 9-kilometre seawall will be closed for repairs after crews discovered a partial collapse of a small section this week. The closure will affect the area extending from Lions Gate Bridge to Third Beach.

A flurry of recent storms – with high wind and strong waves – is being blamed for the damage. The area affected is exposed directly to the open ocean and suffers the brunt of abuse during surges.

This isn’t the first seawall closure in recent years. Last November, a large section of the Stanley Park seawall between English Bay and Lumbermen’s Arch was also closed because of damage from waves and logs.

Part of the challenge is that construction on the seawall began all the way back in 1917. Continue reading:
Section of Stanley Park Seawall Closed for Repairs from Storm Damage

New Ironman Triathlon May Be Coming to Stanley Park and Coal Harbour

Participants in a triathlon. Photo from Pixabay

Participants in a triathlon. Photo from Pixabay

Attention Iron Men (and Women): A new triathlon may be coming to downtown Vancouver.

The Vancouver Park Board is considering bringing a version of the iconic Ironman triathlon to the heart of the city this July. The competition would see athletes complete an Olympic-distance triathlon consisting of a 1.5-kilometre swim in Coal Harbour, 40-kilometre bike ride and 10-kilometre run through Stanley Park. Events are completed back-to-back, with no break in-between.  Continue reading:
New Ironman Triathlon May Be Coming to Stanley Park and Coal Harbour

Surf’s Up – Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall

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Photo credit: R. Weiss

Stanley Park

Iconic. Majestic. Awe-Inspiring

Nestled in the heart of the city, Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s most beloved parks. Each and every day tourists and Vancouverites alike flock to the seawall to take in the sights and sounds of this urban oasis.

One of the best ways to experience the Seawall is by bicycle. The designated cycling path guides you around the park and features incredible views of downtown, Coal Harbour, the North Shore Mountains and English Bay. The route can easily be completed in an hour but to truly appreciate the ride you need to be prepared to hop on and off your bike. There is much to see and do!

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Surf’s Up – Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall