What: A unique urban forest in the middle of Vancouver.

Why it Works: Stanley Park is a unique place, not only for its magnificent trees–like giant fir and cedar–which are unusual for an urban park, but also its variety of activities, which make it one of the top destinations in Vancouver for locals and visitors alike. The park spans 1,000 acres and includes sandy beaches, swimming pools, lakes and stunning vistas from the sea wall. The large expanse of grassland through the park provides an ideal spot for picnickers, and many groups organize outings and sports activities here: family reunions, groups of friends hanging out, or even company picnics. Only minutes from downtown, it is easily accessible by foot, bike and car. A road meanders through the park taking drivers from downtown to the Lions Gate Bridge, which hosts marathon runs in the summer months. The seawall, which circumnavigates the park, is a great way to take in the scenery on a Sunday afternoon stroll.

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