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Stanley Park

1000 acres of urban forest

It is easy to be enchanted by the history and natural beauty of Stanley Park, whose forests have been largely untouched since the 1800's. Named for Lord Frederick Stanley, Governor General, the city of Vancouver opened the park on September 27, 1888. Since then it has been a major attraction, bursting with activities especially during the summer months.

We started off walking the massively long sea wall that wraps around the park. In fact, it is the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path and it extends from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park. The views of the harbor, bays and bridges were exquisite! Little ones will get excited by all the activity in the bays. You might just see a sea lion or dolphin in the water.


After our brisk walk, we headed into the forest for a little to enjoy the splendor of the trees. There is a Douglas fir in Stanley Park that's at least 600 years old and is just one of more than 180,000 trees in the forest.


Heading deeper into the park leads us to the Vancouver Aquarium, located in the middle of the forest. A little oasis featuring more than just marine wildlife. Through its Animal Encounters program, visitors can touch, train, feed and even play with dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions and sea otters.


Hyacinth macaw


Sleepy Sloth




Sea Lion



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang


Amanda Quinn Olivar, JAM's arts and culture editor, is also the editor at Curator magazine, producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct and the play Paint Made Flesh. She has collaborated on Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an upcoming project with Zandra Rhodes. She sits on the boards of London's Fashion and Textile Museum and The Chimaera Project. As a curator and arts advocate, she received the HeArt Award for her work benefiting A Window Between Worlds. Amanda has curated exhibits at The Cornell Art Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, Fresno Art Museum, and Brand Art Center. Amanda lives and works in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Imogen Smith and Chloe Copus.