Stanley Park is a favoured destination for both tourists and locals alike. The park is named after Lord Frederick Stanley, who served as the sixth governor-general of Canada from 1888-1893 (the NHL’s Stanley Cup is also named after him). Stanley Park has traditionally been home to the Burrard, Musqueam, and Squamish First Nations. During the hippie era, Stanley Park annually hosted a “be-in” where about 1000 young people gathered to listen to bands.
The 405-hectare park offers plenty of things to do, whether that is enjoying a scenic walk along the sea wall or walking through the forest trails, playing a casual game at the pitch and putt, catch a glimpse of the large great blue heron population, have a picnic, visit the totem poles, or explore the 70,000 creatures and critters at the Vancouver Aquarium (my personal favourites are the sea otters). The Vancouver Aquarium is the largest aquarium in Canada and is usually open from 10 am to 5 pm. Adult tickets are $38. Stanley Park is easily accessible by public transit and is about a 20 minute bus ride or half-hour walk from the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.