A few years ago we road our bikes around the seawall in Vancouver’s Stanley Park and we enjoyed that ride so much that we wanted to do it again, but this time we turned it into a much longer ride.
Vancouver, British Columbia has a great bike path system where most of the routes are dedicated bike paths with no pedestrians or vehicles allowed on the path. This time we choose to start in Vanier Park and ride the seawall along False Creek, English Bay, Stanley Park, and Coal Harbour before crossing back over the Burrard Street Bridge to Vanier Park. It cost us $12.00 to park at Vanier Park for the whole day (until 11:00 p.m. when the park closed).
We didn’t have the best weather but other than a few spits of rain we were warm enough, although I did have to put the hood of my coat under my bike helmet to keep my ears warm … but I have wimpy ears.
It was fun riding around the top of False Creek reliving all the times we spent walking around the area during Expo 86 and the September long weekends we spent at the Vancouver Molsen Indy.
As we left False Creek behind we could see all the freighters lined up near English Bay waiting for their turn to unload.
Our initial plan was to ride along English Bay and up to Denman Street to meet friends for lunch, but we still had a little over an hour to kill so we decided to continue on into Stanley Park and ride the seawall around the park.
After we completed our ride around the park we made our way to the Mongolian BBQ on Denman, a favorite of ours, to meet friends from Kelowna who were staying in Yaletown. It’s so funny that we have being trying to get together at home and we both had to come to Vancouver to finally get a meal together! After a great lunch and visit we fcontinued on our separate ways. We headed back into Stanley Park and rode around to Coal Harbour were we made our way along the seawall to Canada Place.
At that point we left the seawall behind and rode across downtown on Hornby Street, where the bike path is cordoned off from the traffic lanes, and over the Burrard Street Bridge. The bridge also has it’s own dedicated bike lane.
Four hours, and many kilometres later, we were back in Vanier Park.
If you are ever in Vancouver I would highly recommend this ride! We had our own bikes but there are many places that you can rent bikes from bike shops or kiosks like the one below.
Until next time …