This large maple tree is located at the edge of Stanley Park, and if you walk towards the depths, you will not be able to stroll the entire distance without it taking the better part of the day. It takes at least 90 minutes to cycle round the park. This urban forest park (nearly 1,000 acres larger than New York’s Central Park), the largest in North America, occupies almost an entire peninsula. The towering trees that cover the sky, the broad and tranquil lake, and the native totem poles with different shapes face the beach of English Bay. Naturally there is also an endless number of people who are exercising and walking around inside the park. All of this is a very rare urban landscape for us.
The birth of the primitive forest inside the park was determined by legislation at the time of the city’s foundation in 1887. In Stanley Park in October, you will be deeply moved by the sight of the red leaves of different shapes that are fluttering and falling no matter where you walk. But the locals will proudly tell you that it is the cherry blossom festival in spring that is the most enchanting time. I really only learned this after visiting Vancouver; before then my understanding of “livable” standards was very poor.