The fallen leaves and colours are a giveaway that this footage was from the fall. I just got to putting together a little montage now. Stanley Park is fantastic. I always look forward to seeing the raccoons. Cute enough to feed, it's hard to resist the urge.
You will see scenes like this if you go for a walk around the Seawall. I was wishing for more of a blue sky, but at least it wasn't raining, letting me have a bit more traction on this moss-covered ground.
The viewing area of Prospect Point shown here affords superb views of West Vancouver, North Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge. It's also the highest point in Stanley Park, which explains why I had to resort to pushing my bicycle up the trail at one point in getting there because it was just too long of an uphill grade.
If you live in downtown Vancouver and wonder what on earth the explosion sound is around 9pm every night, it's this! Impressive that it still goes on today, and definitely worth checking out because it's loud, exciting, delights kids and adults alike, and it's not everyday you can smell gun powder (sulphur - stinky!). The 12-pound muzzle-loaded naval cannon was made in Woolwich, England in 1816. In 1894 it was brought to Stanley Park by the Marine Department to warn fishermen of the 6pm Sunday close of fishing. The 9pm firing later became a time signal for ships, and the tradition carries on today with the cannon being loaded daily with a black powder charge and activated automatically by an electronic trigger. See the video below for the full effect and lead-up, and make sure your speakers are on!
If you enjoy parks, trees, outdoor recreation and the like then Stanley Park is probably one of the places in Vancouver you visit if you're a tourist, or frequent if you're a local. The seagulls here are spending their rainy Sunday morning sitting on the Stanley Park Seawall, which is a 20+km path along Vancouver's waterfront from the Convention Centre on Burrard Inlet (Coal Harbour), around Stanley Park past the Lions Gate Bridge, and into the English Bay Promenade. Bring your walking shoes, a bicycle or rollerblades and a picnic lunch to experience the purest form of nature in the middle of the city.
Map sourced from Vancouver Entertainment