Half Snow Half Sun Stanley Park Walk


Sunday, January 27th, 2008 — 7:38pm PDT
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It’s been so long since John and I had some down time, just the two of us, and with the sun shining today (at least downtown) we headed to our favourite place, just a short walk away.


Winter Beach – Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

10 minutes turned into 5 hours as we explored all of our trails that have been covered in snow, frost and ice since we last walked down them. Third Beach, Siwash, Marilees, Rawlings, Lees, North Creek and Beaver Lake. I think we covered around around 15 kms since after we stumbled out of the park, we headed downtown to do some quick shopping as well.

For those who don’t know – the Vancouver Aquarium has a little gate at the back that allows passers-by in the park (near the artists’ circle) to walk along a path and visit with some of the marine animals they house.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Although watching harbour seals frolic in a glass tank isn’t as fun as seeing them cruise by you in Burrard inlet, the kids with huge smiles on their faces running around talking about the Beluga whales seemed to have a pretty good time, thanks to this free preview.

I love going for walks with my husband, being outdoors, getting my shoes muddied and hearing the snap of twigs under my feet. I even enjoyed getting stared down by a squirrel that was the size of a housecat, even though it scared the bejesus out of me at first.

john, photographing

John took some really great shots this afternoon so here’s the rest of the day in photo-form. I’m really glad he’s getting some use out of his Christmas present.


Frozen Lost Lagoon, still not solid enough for pond hockey
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

It was like this throughout the park, just patches of green, orange and white
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

I had to
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Obviously the storms didn’t do a good enough job getting rid of those pesky trees,
the City had to come in and clearcut a bunch themselves to make room for
more tourist parking… but don’t get me started on THAT…
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

View all of today’s pics in John’s Flickr set.

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4 comments

  1. Duane Storey says:

    Great shots! Glad you had fun.

  2. Tyler says:

    Love the photos. I miss Stanley Park so much! I miss being able to go there on the weekends.
    The last time I was able to visit was when I brought my wife up to see my adopted home city a year and a half ago.
    I really, really miss Vancouver and the years I spent there.
    One of these days I’m coming back for good. Until then, I have your wonderful blog (among others) to keep me up to speed on what’s happening up there.

  3. […] other day during our multi-hour walk through the park, John and I came across a a tree that had been tagged in a way I hadn’t seen […]

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