5 Lovely Parks To Visit With or Without Covid-19
Here are five lovely parks located in the heart of Vancouver that I visited with my family during this time of Covid-19 pandemic. We are very fortunate that Vancouver kept their local parks open for anyone who needed solace during these difficult times.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made us realize even more the important role of local parks and recreation. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation professionals effectively mobilized to keep parks, trails and green spaces open to support physical and mental health, while continuing on providing vital services and programs to support the community.
The Lighthouse Park is a popular tourist attraction for visitors to Vancouver as it is a National Historic Site of Canada. It is a well maintained park, and is open year-round throughout all four seasons. The park is known for the Point Atkinson Lighthouse, located at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. The park is made up of 75 hectares of mostly virgin rainforest, and was founded in 1792.
When I had a one-day break from my work, I wasted no time and invited my family for a hike and some breath of fresh air. We sat by the water to take a rest with this as our view.
Stanley Park is a 405-hectare public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, and is mostly surrounded by waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay. It is considered one of the top urban parks in the world with ancient cedars, wildlife, rainforest ecology, vibrant art and attractions, and a seawall path used by millions of walkers and cyclists a year.
Spent one lazy day, walking, sightseeing and people watching here. This was also the first park where my family brought me when I visited Canada for the first time in 2007. I remember riding a horse carriage with my cute nephews as we enjoyed the wonderful views.
Queen Elizabeth Park is a 130-acre municipal park located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located on top of Little Mountain and is the location of former basalt quarries that were dug in the beginning of the twentieth century to provide material for roads in the city.
Here’s a picture of one beautiful floral/ plant arrangement last Spring. Before going to the park, we booked a table at the Season’s in the Park restaurant for a nice dinner. After a wonderful walk in the park at sunset, we proceeded to the restaurant and we’re very glad to see that they strictly followed the Covid-19 protocol. We felt safe the whole night and just had an amazing time enjoying our steak and salmon with the lovely view of Downtown Vancouver and the garden from where we were seated.
As West Vancouver’s gateway park, Ambleside is fully accessible and well used by both West Vancouver residents and visitors. Enjoy spectacular views of Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver.
This is a good place to spend a quiet afternoon. Not crowded and with a wonderful view of Downtown as you walk by the water. There are a number of sculpture too with stories to tell.
John Hendry Park is 27-hectare park in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It’s operated by the Vancouver Park Board and the Grandview Community Association. Locals often refer to the park informally as Trout Lake, due to the lake itself being its largest feature.
I went here one afternoon, in between my shifts. I remember sitting down in one of the benches facing the lake, with my sandwich and coffee and just enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the gorgeous colors of Fall.
So next time you have some time off from school or work, remember these lovely parks to visit. But don’t forget to keep safe, bring a mask and hand sanitizer in your pocket and practice social distancing whenever you walk by the other hikers. Enjoy!!
Do check out my other posts on where you and your family can spend a safe and fun time during Covid-19 season.