Stanley Park

In 2014, Stanley Park National Historic Site of Canada [yes that’s its official name] got ranked “Top Park in the Entire World” by TripAdvisor [based on] consumer reviews.  For about 130 years, it has been designated as “green space.” The land on which the park stands was home to First Nations (indigenous) people until 1858 when…

Coal Harbor Morning Hike

“Nice bike!” a man on a bike hollered as he rode past! I was the only human within earshot so I soon realised that I had been hiking on the bike lane at Coal Harbor! Whether a straightforward “Out of my way” or a sarcastic “nice bike” was better, I learned to be mindful of…

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

Queen Elizabeth Park is one of the top go-to places for Autumn leaf-peaking in Vancouver.  It used to be a forest with salmon-spawning creeks, making it a favorite hunting ground for bears, wolves, and elk.  In 1870 when Europeans settled here, they got rid of the wild animals, cleared the forest, and built pathways on the…