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The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

1. The Dark Secrets of Stanley Park Tour

Uncover the secrets of Stanley Park on a 2-hour insider walking tour with an expert guide. Explore the famous seawall, dark forested trails, historic totem poles, bizarre public art, and notorious crime scenes. See Vancouver landmarks Coal Harbour, the Lions Gate Bridge and Deadman's Island. As you stroll along the glistening shoreline and beneath towering trees, you'll hear the inside story of one of the world's most remarkable parks. Meet your guide at the fountain directly outside the Vancouver Aquarium entrance and then set off to explore Stanley Park. You'll quickly leave the tourist trail behind and take a little used path through the forest. You'll hear the tale of Captain George Vancouver before you emerge on the Stanley Park seawall for the perfect vista of the glittering downtown skyline and Coal Harbour. Following the seawall, you'll hear the tragic history of Deadman's Island as you approach the park's world-famous totem poles. A short rest stop at the totem poles gives you time to visit the bathroom, take photos, or buy a snack or water at the concession stand. A short walk later finds you admiring views of the North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and the Lions Gate Bridge. You'll take in some of the city's most loved public art, and cross a long lost cemetery hidden beneath your feet. Next, it's time to leave the seawall and head onto dark forested trails. Your guide will lead you through towering groves of giant Cedar, Hemlock and Douglas Fir, some hundreds of years old. These are trails few tourists ever step foot on - a genuine Pacific Northwest forest experience. You'll see the location of a long lost indigenous village known as Whoi Whoi. A short walk later you'll be In the heart of Stanley Park where you'll hear the story of one of Vancouver's most shocking crimes. You can catch your breath on the short stroll back to the start point. Your guide will be on-hand to answer your questions, help you plan the rest of your day, and take photos. After the tour, you can continue your adventure with a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, or travel back to downtown to relax and remember your visit to incredible Stanley Park.

Discover Stanley Park with a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

2. Discover Stanley Park with a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Use the live GPS map on your smartphone app to creation your own itinerary for Stanley park in Vancouver with this audio tour. Use the app offline to save your data. Hear commentary automatically play at points like Hallelujah Point, Beaver Lake, and the Lord Stanley statue. Begin at the busy Stanley Park Causeway and follow the seawall all the way around the park. Have the option of stopping at points of interest in the park's interior. Get suggestions on attractions to see like Nature House and the Vancouver Aquarium. Learn about the creation of Stanley Park and its history. Delve into the geology of the area. Hear about the lost lagoon, Beaver lake, the hollow tree, and the devastating wind storm of 2006. Uncover the history of Hallelujah Point, Deadman’s Island, and the naval reserve. Check out the statues of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns, the Olympian Harry Jerome, and the park’s namesake, Lord Stanley. See the Nine O’Clock Gun, the SS Empress of Japan figurehead, and the 'Girl in a Wetsuit' statue Take a break on one of the logs at Third Beach, or visit the historic Stanley Park Pavilion. Admire views at Brockton Point and the Prospect Point. View Lions Gate Bridge. Tour the Rhododendron, Rose, and Rock gardens and hear the history behind the Malkin Bowl.

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What people are saying about Vancouver Aquarium

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4.6 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Excellent!

Glenn was a truly exceptional tour guide! On our first Saturday in Vancouver, a cold and rainy day, there is absolutely nowhere else we would rather have been. Glenn was engaging and knowledgeable, humorous and friendly! We learned so much and had a fabulous time doing it. We would definitely tour with him again!! Thank you!

Fabulous! Tour guide made the experience! Very knowledgeable and made you feel like you had traveled back in time and were on the outside looking in!

Was a very pleasant walk. Guide Glenn told great stories in a very authentic way and gave us a great tour of the park. Highly Recommended.

We really loved the tour and the guide was exceptional, great stories, very interesting, would take our friends again!

Excellent trip!! Their service is great and the information received was useful for locals and tourists