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Parks & nature in Vancouver

“Rent a bike and make sure to stop by the water park. I guarantee you it will be a nice experience”
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“Along with the Conservatory, Queen E features beautiful gardens to stroll through, lawn bowling, tennis courts, pitch + putt. The restaurant, Seasons in the Park, has great food and a spectacular view of the city. Reservations recommended.”
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“A Vancouver favourite, Kits Beach also features a 137-metre, heated, saltwater swimming pool. ”
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“One of Vancouver's beaches that hosts thousands of people especially in the summer! It's also home to the annual Celebration of Lights fireworks show in the summer! Tens of thousands of people would gather to watch the 30 min long shows.”
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“A great spot for sunset at any time of year. Public art sculptures, a bike path, and lots of city action all around. This is a classic Vancouver scene. ”
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“Offering a recreational space like no other, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park consist of 73 kilometers of walking trails, more than 50 kilometers of cycling ways, gorgeous beaches that offer a view of the inlet and lush greenery that is perfect for some nature therapy! Explore wooded pathways that twirl around waterfalls, trees that add magic to the trails and lookout points that will take your breath away. The park is also dog friendly and often you will find owners taking their dogs along for the hike.”
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“Go relax on Jericho beach and grab some sun! Located at the beginning of UBC. Walk, bike or run the 6 km beach path. Amazing scenery and views of the city and mountains. Food and drink stands and washrooms all long the beach walk. ”
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“VanDusen Botanical Garden is a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world! Spot and photograph local wildlife, find your way through an Elizabethan hedge maze, unwind in a serene setting, dine on the patios of Truffles Cafe or Shaughnessy Restaurant, or browse the garden-themed gift shop. VanDusen has something for everyone to enjoy!”
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“Just a few blocks away you'll find this serene traditional Chinese garden. ”
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“A 20-minute walk from our house, Trout Lake is a great running or walking trail. It also has a small beach and concession stand. ”
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“This is the best beach in town. Lesser known, private with best view of sunset.”
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“It's the longest pool in North America...and right in the park on the beach with magnificent views. Since 1931 swimmers and sunbathers have enjoyed this spot and it is feed by the salt waters of the Pacific Ocean....simply good for the soul. Relax, enjoy, exercise, people watch, feel the warmth of the sun, listen to laughter, rinse and repeat! Opens May 19th...”
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“With 230 parks in Vancouver, its hard to know which to suggest. But we have so many beach parks that you can go from one to another. Go south over The Burrard Bridge, wide pedestrian and bicycle lanes, or take the ferry from the Aquatic Centre at Sunset beach at the south end of Thurlow Street, beside my building, over to this beach area. The ferry takes you to Vanier Park, and its right beside Kitsilano Beach Park with an ENORMOUS heated salt water pool right at the beach. Its 137.5 metres (150 yds x 60 ft wide). Follow a paved path west from Kitsilano in front of some gorgeous waterfront homes. There are little waterfront parks all the way along this path between the houses. ”
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“Lovely waterfront park a short stroll away. Walk down Main Street towards the mountains and you can't miss it.”
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“Another park by the waters! Much larger with lots of outdoor activities. You'll usually find many people walking about, biking, or even just suntanning in the middle of the large field. There's a playground for children and overall a great place to be around.”
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“This biodome has butterflies, birds, tropical plants and is a great place to explore. It's very affordable (around $5). While you're there, you can enjoy the grounds of Queen Elizabeth Park and to take in one of the best views of the city. Expect to spend up to an hour in the Conservatory and perhaps another hour exploring the park. There is also an high end restaurant up on the hill and a pitch and putt golf course. ”
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