Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 16 & 17 (Stanley Park Flag Stops)

While admittedly it’s been a very slow start to summer here in Vancouver, there are plenty of rainy day activities to keep us going through the drizzle, and enough breaks in the clouds to get us out and enjoying the nature surrounding our city.

Last weekend I hopped off the Trolley at The Teahouse in Stanley Park and enjoyed the views from their spacious outdoor patio along with some delicious Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna followed by a BC Salmon Burger.  While the building itself is beautiful, the view looking over Ferguson Point and onto the ocean is pretty amazing, too. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 16 & 17 (Stanley Park Flag Stops)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 15 Prospect Point (Red 7)

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. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 15 Prospect Point (Red 7)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 14 Totem Poles (Red 6)

The weather is finally turning here in Vancouver and as I hopped off the Trolley at the Totem Poles in Stanley Park, I was greeted by a refreshing ocean breeze that indicates summer is truly right around the corner.

According to the Vancouver Park Board, the Totem Poles are the most visited attraction in British Columbia and it’s no wonder why.  The Totem Poles beautifully showcase the region’s aboriginal history and have been found in this location since the early ’60s. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 14 Totem Poles (Red 6)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 13 Vancouver Aquarium (Red 5)

Stanley Park has many things to offer, but a family favourite has always been the Vancouver Aquarium. A non-profit that focuses on conservation and providing learning tools regarding aquatic life to the public, the Vancouver Aquarium has been in operation since 1956.

When you walk towards the Aquarium from the Trolley stop, you are greeted by caricature artists, balloon entertainers and Bill Reid’s famous Killer Whale Sculpture. Erected in front of the Aquarium in ’84, the statue represents the culture of the Northwest and the aquatic mammals both in the aquarium and in the neighboring Pacific Ocean. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 13 Vancouver Aquarium (Red 5)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 12 Rose Garden (Red 4)

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.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 12 Rose Garden (Red 4)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 11 Westin Bayshore (Red 3)

Coal Harbour is a fantastic area to explore. When I hopped off the Trolley at the Westin Bayshore, the sun was shining over the ocean with views of Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains, while the surrounding cherry trees were displaying beautiful pink blossoms. There is a current public art display throughout downtown called Vancouver Biennale; the red statues that you see below make up the Meeting display and have been a fantastic photo op here since the fall of 2009. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 11 Westin Bayshore (Red 3)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 3 Hyatt Regency

This is the third of a series of blog posts, detailing some of the many things to do along the Vancouver Trolley line. This article is cross-posted on the Vancouver Trolley blog.

Although the rain is back in Vancouver today, my spirits were high as I hopped off the Trolley at stop #3, the Hyatt Regency. The reason I was so excited? Someone told me about the chocolate cake in the Hyatt’s restaurant, Mosaic, and I couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about. I had no idea, however, how big of a treat I was in for.

This photo tells no lie – it looks like the best cake in the world, and I’d bet that it truly is. Not only is the Mosaic Cake big enough to feed ten, but it’s only $10 when you sit down and enjoy it in their restaurant. The Hyatt also is home to the Gallery Lounge that features live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings…and as the Preferred Partner of the Canucks, airs all games in HDTV.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 3 Hyatt Regency