8. 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.