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Cycling Stanley Park Seawall

I am an awful cyclist – I cannot cycle without both hands firmly on the handlebar and my hands (and hence handlebar) turn when I look back to see what’s coming, invariably steering my bike into the path of whatever is behind me and on top of this, I wobble all over the show at low speeds. Vancouver, however, has 28 km of uninterrupted waterfront path, said to be the longest in the world, and so after having walked a good portion of it, but still wanting to see more, I decided to give myself (and my weary legs and feet) a break and make use of the 9 km one way bike path along Stanley Park Seawall. After my feast at Granville Island Public Market (which you can read about here), I picked up the sweetest looking bicycle from Spokes bicycle rentals and headed onto the bike path to enjoy the glorious afternoon.

I ended up enjoying my ride, which took me alongside Coal Harbour, underneath Lions Gate Bridge, past Third Beach and the Lost Lagoon, so much that I even cycled around a second time. I did, however, stop more frequently the second time around to take in the gorgeous views of the city, the park and English Bay and by the end of the day, I actually think that I even got the hang of cycling!

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My fabulous little bike, Coal Harbour and the city
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Stanley Park Seawall provides perfect views of Vancouver
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Burrard Inlet and Lions Gate Bridge
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The adjacent pedestrian path – the separate pedestrian and bike paths certainly make cycling for inept cyclists like myself a lot less stressful (at least I didn’t also have to avoid pedestrians while trying to get out of the way of more competent cyclists ringing their bells at me)
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Lions Gate Bridge

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Third Beach (next time I’m certainly going to go with a bikini and towel in hand and enjoy the beach)
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My cute little bike (I actually want to buy myself one now – basket and all) in front of the Lost Lagoon
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I was so busy taking in the views from the park that I almost forgot to enjoy the park itself

9 thoughts on “Cycling Stanley Park Seawall

  1. Looks fantastic, Vanessa, nice to read that you love bicycling, time to come to Holland!
    Ton will learn you how to do it.

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