Date of Walk: March 30, 2003

Length: 3/4 mile
Time to Walk: 20 minutes
Type of Walk: Seaside/Scenic
Location: Downtown Vancouver


Parking
We parked under the Burrard Street Bridge at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre. It is pay parking but Vancouver's west end is notorious for its lack of parking.

Let's go!
The start of this walk connects with the False Creek North walk and the Vanier Park/Burrard Street Bridge walk. Starting from the Aquatic Centre, we head west along the shore of English Bay past the dock for the ferry service to Vanier Park. We walk past a well used grassy area where locals play soccer, volleyball, bike and roller blade next to a stunning oceanside view.

As we continue west, we get closer to the commercial area and see a fine example of an Inuit Sculpture, an Inukshuk. The sculpture is meant to represent the human form. They have been used as landmarks and navigation aids.

We now reach the beach which is the south end of the Denman Street Walk. There are change and restrooms here. If we continued west we would intersect with the Stanley Park Walk.

There's nothing like fresh sea air to make one thirsty. We hoisted a pint or two or three at one of Vancouver's heritage spots, the Sylvia Hotel. It is one block west of Denman Street across from the beach on Gilford Street. We didn't think we had stayed long but the setting sun behind the Inukshuk suggested otherwise.

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