It was a two-day event celebrating Stanley Park’s 125 years on August 24 and 25, 2013. One could easily get lost in a 400 hectare of land and many trails within the park. Just to walk around the wall is about 10 km and takes me three hours. There were over 200 activities going on. Too many to choose from. Staying at The Lost Lagoon could practically occupy me the whole afternoon. There is music, sports, walking tours, opera, adult zone, kid’s zone, flower zone, you name it, spread all over. Since I wasn’t prepared, I asked the volunteer which is the best place to go? She pointed me towards Second Beach. When I arrived at the beach, it’s mostly for an adult section with beer garden. Of course, on the beach, there is more human skin showing than clothed people. This is not my kind of place and entertainment. I’m too young for this kind of activity. Off I go and did a 180-degree turn, retraced my steps and walked in the opposite direction headed north. Lucky me, this side is more picturesque and a place to relax. There are so many shades of summer in the Rose Garden that it took my breath away. I pretended that this is my garden and filled my being with the freshness of the garden. And who is Lord Stanley? He was the Governor General of Canada in 1888 and helped keep the park.
Happy 125th Birthday, Stanley Park.