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Originally published Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

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On a ride, time for reflection in Vancouver, B.C.

If you’re going to Vancouver, go to Stanley Park, rain or shine. Walk or bike the Seawall to gaze at the cityscape, mountains and English Bay.


Seattle Times NWTraveler editor

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EVEN IN THE gloom of winter, Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C., is a captivating natural wonderland in the heart of the city.

And a gloomy day can be a good thing: It keeps the fair-weather crowds of bicyclists, joggers and walkers off the Seawall, the glorious 6-mile paved path that circles the oceanfront park.

These bicyclists glided along in the winter rain, the stark trees and their bikes reflected in a seriously big puddle.

If you’re going to Vancouver, go to Stanley Park, rain or shine. Every visit, I walk or bike the Seawall to gaze at the cityscape, mountains and English Bay, dotted with scudding sailboats and anchored freighters.

If it’s sunny and the Seawall’s too crowded, I veer off onto the miles of broad, dirt trails that crisscross the 1,000-acre park’s densely forested interior. It’s a different, but equally lovely, way to go.

Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times NWTraveler editor. Contact her at kjackson@seattletimes.com.



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