Vancouver’s Backyard: Away From the City

Posted May 29, 2013 by Nellie Huang in Blog

We’re a stone’s throw away from a few of Vancouver’s busiest streets, but with squirrels chattering in trees overhead, sun glimmering off the ocean surface, and cherry blossoms in full bloom, it sure doesn’t feel like it. Pedaling around Stanley Park’s seawall takes us past geese waddling into lakes, birds perched on bridges, and Vancouverites taking advantage of a lazy Sunday to bike, rollerblade, walk, and run Stanley Park’s 22 kilometer route.

After an hour-long bike ride by the sea, we turn off to do some exploring around the city itself. For years, Vancouver has had a great painted bike lane network, but for those who feel intimidated by simply drawing a line between their bike and a car, Vancouver has started introducing separated bike lanes, where cars, bikes, and pedestrians have their own safe space. As a cyclist who doesn’t enjoy feeling the whoosh of a car as it skates past her, I love it, and look forward to seeing more bike lanes around, especially on the seawall.

As we zip in for a final peek at Stanley Park, it seems to wrap up lush European gardens, San Francisco sights, and beach boardwalks all in one – not bad for a Sunday afternoon.















About the Author

Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offbeat destinations, she has written for numerous publications including CNN, International Business Times, BBC, Wend, and Lonely Planet. In her quest for adventure, she’s climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, played with lemurs in Madagascar and cruised alongside penguins in Antarctica.

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