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The very best Outdoor Swimming Pools in Vancouver

Monday, May 9th, 2016

When the BC bank Holiday known as Victoria Day passes in May we know for sure that this is where Summer begins in earnest and that marks the beginning of the activities for the late Spring and Summer season. The Patios at many restaurants and bars are open for the patrons, Farmers Markets pop up all over the various and varied districts of Vancouver, the best part for us is the opening of the many outdoor swimming pools and the freedom to swim on the many beaches of Vancouver.

Kits beach with Vancouver in the distance

The best Beaches and Swimming Pools.
One thing you will notice with Vancouver is that it is quite literally surrounded by Beaches, with a great Sea wall hugging the downtown core all the way around False creek to the South and then ending at the Kitsilano district which is where we will begin our tour.

Kitsilano Beach.
Kits Beach as it is more commonly known with the locals is our version of ‘Venice Beach’ in California, it is an appropriate title considering Vancouver is literally known as the Hollywood north of Canada and this Beach certainly fits the bill. It has glorious views of the downtown core, Stanley Park and the North shore cities and mountains, and has no shortage of people getting some serious tans playing Frisbee and beach Volleyball, but don’t be perturbed by the beach loving sun soaked buff bodies – everyone is welcome here and so you should as it is a stunning place to visit.
There is more – Kits Beach is home to Vancouvers largest outdoor heated swimming pool.

Kits Outdoor Swimming Pool
This is the daddy of all outdoor pools in Vancouver at a length of Length 137m which means it is almost three times the size of an Olympic pool. It also features 3 Slides, a Café and is accessible for all as it is wheelchair accessible has aquatic wheelchairs and is fitted with an aquatic pool lift.
The pool is filled with salt water and is heated, this year Windbreakers will be installed as this will benefit the pool in many ways, it will prevent heat loss from the heated pool and it will also reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 220 metric tonnes which equates to removing 46 cars from city streets. This was proven the case last year when the city installed windbreakers at other pools, it is anticipated the drop in these emissions will be much more.

Sunset beach & the False Creek ferry station to Granville Island

Sunset Beach, English Bay & Second Beach
English Bay is undoubtedly the most popular & well known Beach in Vancouver due to its prime location in the downtown Vancouver area and is sat at the entrance to the popular Stanley Park.
A great way to get to English Bay will be to walk south from the Sunset Inn hotel and in a little over 5 minutes you will reach our namesake beach Sunset Beach. Here you get gorgeous views of the Burrard Bridge and False Creek – start waking west along the Seawall and you will be greeted by the famous Inukshuk stone monument which is located at English Bay. Keep following the Sea Wall and after 10 to 15 minutes you will reach Second Beach – it is called this as English Bay is the ‘first beach’ but generally not known as such.

Second Beach Pool
Second Beach Pool is a heated, outdoor pool located near the beach & sea wall, trails, and forest of Stanley Park.
The summer pool is open May to September. It features a a sloped entry and gradual depths for families, and separated lanes for lap swimmers. The pools Length is 80m with a 50m section for some serious swimming lengths -like the Kits pool it is wheelchair accessible.

Making a short visit to Vancouver? We will show you what to see!

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The Cruise-ship season is soon to be in full swing in Vancouver which means the city has a large influx of tourists coming and going from Canada Place. If you happen to be travelling to the city from a cruise lets us help you see the best of Vancouver in a day or so as you maybe on a whistle stop tour between sailings.

DAVIE STREET & VILLAGE
Davie Village has a wealth of great restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from and is by far one of the most colourful districts in all of Vancouver – it is also officially designated as the Gay District of Vancouver hence the stunning array of colour and the famous Rainbow Crosswalk at the intersection of Bute and Davie (which is currently being transformed into a plaza named after a Davie Village icon Jim Deva.

STANLEY PARK & THE BIKING THE SEAWALL
Stanley Park is a gorgeous wooded forest and Park that completely dominates the centre of Vancouver. At 400 Hectares it is bigger than New Yorks Central park and is home to a vast array of incredible Gardens, Sporting facilities an outdoor pool, playparks for children and the natural Fauna and Flora that make the park come alive.
In the Summer time it is a great place to take your family to explore the dense forest and you can also check out the many beaches that can be found following the Seawall that encircles the outside perimeter.
Stanley Park is also home to the world famous Vancouver Aquarium which is home to the rehabilitation of the beloved Beluga Whales

The Seawall itself is a great way to explore the majority of the city and along the way you will be able to come across some notable features of the city such as Granville Island, Science World, the Totem Poles of Stanley Park, the Inukshuk and the Vancouvers most popular beaches such as English Bay. The best way to explore the full 22km wall is by bike rentals.
English Bay Bike Rentals: http://www.englishbaybikerentals.com/

BIG BUS CITY TOURS
This is an excellent way to sight-see around the city and to take in all the major attractions. Big Bus have an excellent reputation and the Big Bus staff are incredibly knowledgeable and fun! They offer 1 day and 2 day passes where you can Hop on and Hop off at your leisure. Tickets can be purchased directly at the Hotel, ask the staff about discounts!
Website: http://bigbus.ca/home/

GRANVILLE ISLAND
A cultural hub that lies in the heart of False Creek. Granville Island is home to Vancouver’s largest Public Market which has a huge array of colourful stalls, unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field. Try closing your eyes right now and imagine the rich aromas permeating from the lavish displays. Shimmering seafood, warm baked goods, plump fruit.
There is also plenty of dining out options, entertainment in the form of Theatre, comedy and Arts – it is also a huge hub for busking to delight the masses as they meander around the Island.
Website: http://granvilleisland.com/

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River and has created a whole complex within the rain forest canopy that is found located above the river half way up the mountainside towards Grouse Mountain. In the last few years the area has expanded so now we have a daring cliffwalk path that leads you out over the canyon close to the steep Granite cliffs that create the towering gorge that has been cut and eroded by the river over thousands of years. There are also treetop viewing points dotted all over the park.
Website: http://www.capbridge.com/

Whale Watching tours in Vancouver

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Although the Whales start to become visible in the coastal waters of BC around the beginning of March the official Whale Watching Season for guided tours runs from April to the end of October.
There are various Tour operators that you can use to spend a day out at sea to catch these Whales. Reservations for these tours can be made directly with us at the Front desk of the hotel.

The Georgia Strait is home to many species of incredible marine life, so if you are visiting Vancouver during April & October and you are here for a few days why not get out to the ocean to witness these impressive animals.
You will likely get up close and personal with Orca Whales (Killer Whales), Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises and Birds such as Gulls, Birds of Prey and more…

Vancouver operations
Wild Whales Vancouver

1806 Mast Tower Road – Granville Island
Vancouver, B.C.
V6H 4B6 Canada Phone: 604-699-2011
Website: http://www.whalesvancouver.com/

South Vancouver/Richmond/Steveston area
Vancouver Whale Watch

Suite 210 – 12240 Second Avenue
Richmond (Steveston), BC
Canada V7E 3L8
Phone: (604) 274-9565
Website: http://www.vancouverwhalewatch.com/index.html

Victoria operations
Prince of Whales

812 Wharf Street, Lower Causeway Level
Victoria, BC V8W 1T3 Canada
Toll-free 1-888-383-4884
info@princeofwhales.com
website http://www.princeofwhales.com/

Harbour Air Vancouver city tours and excursions

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Spring Weather is kicking in bang on time and we are now entering the tourist season of 2016 in Vancouver. If you are visiting for a few days and would like to see quite a lot of the city and its surrounding areas you may want to consider using Harbour Air Seaplane tours for time, convenience and the incredible views. With sunny skies and very comfortable temperatures you can hear and see the seaplanes being very active around the city – so why not join in on the fun?

HARBOUR AIR SEAPLANES
Harbour Air consists of a fleet of DeHavilland Turbine Single Otter, DeHavilland Turbine Twin Otter & Beaver seaplanes that will life you off into the skies from the gorgeous Coal Harbour that is nestled between Canada Place and Stanley Park. The planes will take off over the waters of the Burrard inlet – they can fly you to 9 different locations including Victoria, Whistler and a few other locations on Vancouver island and the greater Vancouver area.

VANCOUVER PANORAMIC CITY TOURS
Departing from downtown Vancouver’s bustling Coal Harbour with a loop over the city and Stanley Park before landing back in front of the iconic Vancouver Convention Center.

Daily, operating year-round
20 minutes with a 10-minute flight
$85.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per adult
$49.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per child

VANCOUVER CLASSIC PANORAMA
Our most popular tour of the city and North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and includes a complete aerial view of the city and surrounding parks and beaches. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing.

20 minute tour
Daily, operating year-round
$119.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per adult
$65.00 (includes taxes and fees) Per child

For further information on flights to Whistler, Victoria & the lower mainland click here! http://www.harbourair.com/book-a-flight/routes-schedules/

City Tours and Bike rentals in Vancouver

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

One of the regular questions we receive at the hotel is “What is the best way to get around Vancouver?” here are some of the best options for you to see the city with the least amount of effort while being informative and as fun.

Using the vehicle may not be the best option within the downtown core, however, we do recommend using the vehicle to go further afield if you are feeling adventurous and will like to go your own way, please make sure that you ask us at the Front Desk for advice and pointers on how to get from A to B.

Vancouver has multiple options for you to get around the city, the most obvious being the Public Transportation of either Bus, Skytrain and of course Taxis. The bus and the Skytrain are run by Translink (who also run the Seabus from Vancouver to the city of North Vancouver at Lonsdale Quay). Taxis are everywhere, so when ordering they are usually at the hotel in under 5 minutes.

http://www.translink.ca/

What is so good about the Translink company running the bulk of the public transport is its efficiency, one ticket will last you 90 mins which means you are able to transfer on any mode of transport they offer within that hour and a half, and with Vancouver being a smaller city in consideration, that ticket will get you quite far at a very small cost.

TOUR OPERATORS

BIG BUS SIGHTSEEING TOURS.
As for sightseeing and a tour that will be fun and engaging, you will need to look no further than Big Bus. We have been recommending Big Bus for many many years, we strongly feel that they are one of the best ways to get yourself around Vancouver, they have great knowledge of the city, they are fun, engaging and above all very experienced within this industry. Their routes pretty much hit every major attraction within the city, such as Granville Island, Gastown and Stanley Park.

http://bigbus.ca/home/

There are various tours that they have on offer, the most popular being their Hop on Hop off excursions, you have an option of 1 day or 2 day passes, the best thing about Big Bus is that you can Purchase your ticket directly with us at the Front Desk as the stop is literally just around the corner from us, no more than a 30 second stroll on Thurlow Street. Perfect!

LANDSEA TOURS AND ADVENTURES.
For travelling further afield such as Whistler and Victoria, we will recommend Landsea Tours & Adventures. Landsea Tours are perfect if you have a limited amount of time, and are looking for a day trip to Whistler or Victoria or even the North Shore of Vancouver. The tours will come directly to the Hotel and from here, they will whisk you away to your destination where they will set the agenda that you get to see the major hotspots and have time to sight-see and explore the destination for a few hours.

The Victoria trip also includes the Famous Butchart Botanical Gardens, we highly recommend that if you need to visit Victoria and the Gardens, please consider this tour option, as it will be more productive to let Landsea tours set up your trip, whisk you away from your doorstep with less fuss and more to see!

http://www.vancouvertours.com/

ENGLISH BAY BIKE RENTALS
Located close to English bay on Davie St (a wee 10 minute walk down the hill) You will find these guys! They have a large stock of different bikes to suit your needs that you can use to get around the city, ask the Front Desk so you can get a discount voucher.

http://www.englishbaybikerentals.com/

Just remember, you can purchase your Big Bus and Landsea Tours at the front desk, we can also point you in the right direction for Limo Services if there are 5 or more that would like to travel together…

BIG BUS HOP ON & HOP OFF CITY TOURS WITH WESTCOAST SIGHTEEING TOURS

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR VIDEO

April 15th is the beginning of the Spring schedule for the Big Bus hop on hop off city tour. April is typically when all the major tours will now be up and running, we will like to introduce to you the Big Bus and Westcoast sightseeing tours that will take you around Vancouver.

BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF VANCOUVER CITY TOUR & WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING TOURS.
The Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing route offers over 20 stops, getting you within walking distance of many of the top attractions in the city. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Vancouver at your own pace, complete with one-of-a-kind commentary. Ask about value-priced attraction add-ons, and 24 & 48 Hour Passes.
Enjoy all the sites of Vancouver with the flexibility of hopping off where you like. Wake up late? No problem, the ticket is valid for 24 hours – Use it the next day with no extra charge – up to 24 hours of the first use.

Big Bus + Local Attraction Tickets
There are also bundle packages that you can purchase with the Hop on Hop off tour – so make it a combo deal and get a second 24 hours of exploring for free! These packages include entrance to the following Flyover Canada, the Vancouver Aquarium, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Dr. Sun Yet Sen Chinese Garden, the Vancouver Lookout and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Please speak to the front desk about special offers and you can purchase your ticket with us at the hotel, the bus stop is literally a 30 second walk away from us on Thurlow St and the this stop opens up again on April 15th. Until then the stop is at the Century Plaza hotel on Burrard Street which is under a 10 minute walk away

Website: http://bigbus.ca/home/

WESTCOAST SIGHTSEEING TOURS – This is the same company that runs the Big Bus city tours. If you have the time and really want to get out and about and explore then Westcoast Sightseeing have tours that will pick you up at the hotel, they will also drop you back off at the hotel once the day tour has been completed. The Day tours they offer are as follows:

Whistler + Shannon Falls
Escape the city and wind along fjords and inlets, ascend into the coastal mountains, and stroll through the alpine Village of Whistler during this epic day of exploration.

Victoria + Butchart Gardens
With the journey to Victoria equally as fascinating as the city itself, this tour offers scenic ocean travel, a captivating series of gardens, and an introduction to the enchanting waterfront city of Victoria.

Grouse Mountain + Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Get outside, breathe in the fresh Pacific air, and immerse yourself in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver, with a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and Grouse Mountain.

Craft Breweries of Vancouver
An experience you can taste! With over 20 craft breweries in the area, this is the perfect place to learn about the craft beer industry and its history in the Vancouver area.

Vancouver City + The Lookout
Explore, learn, and be amazed by Vancouver’s soaring skyscrapers, architectural masterpieces, urban beaches, and coastal rainforests.

Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Explore, learn, and be amazed by Vancouver’s soaring skyscrapers, architectural masterpieces, urban beaches, and coastal rainforests.

For further details please click here: https://westcoastsightseeing.com/

Drive The Sea to Sky highway in an Exotic Sports car with Scenic Rush

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Have you ever wanted to drive an incredible sports car but found that it was out of reach? Well the time has come where you have the opportunity to drive an exotic sports car along one of Canada’s most famous and scenic highways – the sea to sky highway that connects Vancouver to Whistler.

Experience the rush with Scenic Rush!
If you are looking to enjoy a day trip along the stunning and spectacular sea to sky highway to enjoy the drive and views then scenic rush is bound to satisfy all your dreams and need for speed. You will be able to drive in an exotic sports car and along the way you will be able to swap to another vehicle so you get to experience what it is like to drive an incredible Sports car that many of us only dream about!

LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP 560-4
Exterior Colour: Arancio Borealis (Orange Pearl)
Style: Coupe
Engine: 5.2L V10 DOHC
Horsepower: 553 hp @ 8000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 398 ft-lbs @ 6500 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed eGear Automated
Drivetrain: AWD
Top Speed: 315 km/h
0-60: 3.2 Seconds
MSRP: $260,000 Canada / $198,000 USA

FERRARI F430 SPIDER
Exterior Colour: Rosso Corsa (Racing Red)
Style: Convertible
Engine: 4.3L V8 DOHC
Horsepower: 490 hp @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 343 ft-lbs @ 5250 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed F1 Electrohydraulic
Drivetrain: RWD
Top Speed: 310 km/h
0-60: 3.6 Seconds
MSRP: $295,000 Canada / $211,500 USA

AUDI R8 4.2 FSI QUATTRO
Exterior Colour: Daytona Grey Pearl Effect
Style: Coupe
Engine: 4.2L V8 DOHC
Horsepower: 420 hp @ 7800 rpm
Maximum Torque: 317 ft-lbs @ 4500 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed R-Tronic Automated Manual
Drivetrain: AWD
Top Speed: 300 km/h
0-60: 4.6 Seconds
MSRP: $152,500 Canada / $115,400 USA

NISSAN GT-R.
Exterior Colour: Super Silver
Style: Coupe
Engine: 3.8L V6 DOHC Twin-Turbo
Horsepower: 480 hp @ 6400 rpm
Maximum Torque: 430 ft-lbs @ 3200 rpm
Transmission: 6-Speed Automated Manual
Drivetrain: AWD
Top Speed: 311 km/h
0-60: 3.5 Seconds
MSRP: $89,900 Canada / $77,840 USA

The Sea to sky highway is a magical highway that follows one of the most southerly fjords in the northern hemisphere and flanked on either side by spectacular mountains – you will be driving from West Vancouver at Horseshoe Bay to Porteau Cove. Squamish or Whistler. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities to take some fantastic photos of the scenery and swap vehicles with other fellow drivers!

Check out their website here for further information on their cars and tours: http://scenicrush.com/cars/

St Patricks Day – March 17th – The best Irish bars – restaurants in Vancouver

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

CelticFest is running all week in Vancouver – check out the schedule of events here http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/

IRISH PUBS IN VANCOUVER
There are plenty of great Irish themed bars and pubs in Vancouver, here is our pick.

The Blarney Stone
Established in 1972, The Blarney Stone is the longest running Irish Pub in the City of Vancouver. This venue is a great place to watch live bands and enjoy irish favorates and other popular music that is irish themed.
http://blarneystone.ca/

Doolins Irish Pub
Doolin’s is Vancouver’s modern Irish pub, bringing traditional Irish charm amidst state of the art A/V technology, live music, and 8 TV screens. Doolin’s staff proudly wears kilts to honor our Celtic heritage, and Doolin’s live entertainers blast the Irish spirit into the heart of every patron.
http://www.doolins.ca/

The Irish Heather
If you are true foodie then the Irish Heather is for you! A great vancouver GastroPub, Whiskey Shebeen and bar all in one, Sean Heather’s flagship restaurant is a neighbourhood institution in Gastown and home to the famous Long Table Series of communal dinners.
http://irishheather.com/

Johnnie Foxes Irish Snug
On a personal level, this bar is quintessentially Irish, the decor, the staff, and the patrons that make the atmosphere pretty unique to what an actual irish bar is like, well this place has it and they have done it well.
http://www.johnniefox.ca/

The busiest dates of 2016 to watch out for in Vancouver

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Vancouver is getting ready for an extremely busy calendar year and as we are now hitting March and Spring season many people will be looking at Vancouver as a must see destination during 2016.

Many of our regulars coming to the hotel have noticed that on traditional quiet times in the city we are already selling out of rooms, this is in part due to the fluctuation of the Canadian Dollar which is encouraging more visitors from the US to visit us, and of course it means more Canadians are staying within the country due to the expensive cost of travel at this moment in time. There are many other factors that are making Vancouver very busy, we will be welcoming the Rugby 7s tournament for the first time ever and as always the Vancouver convention center is bringing visitors and attendees in mass numbers all year round.

Below are the dates that will likely be a sell out in the city throughout 2016 – also check out our calendar for events that will be occurring during the time of your stay.

MARCH
Canada Rugby SevensBC Place StadiumMarch 12th & 13th

St Patricks Day 17th March Celticfest 10th to the 17th

FIFA World Cup qualifiers – Canada V Mexico at BC Place Friday March 25th

EASTER WEEKEND – GOOD FRIDAY/EASTER SUNDAY – March 25th to March 27th

APRIL
Vancouver Convention Centre – American Academy of Neurology – Saturday April 16th to 23rd

MAY
BMO Vancouver MARATHON – Sunday May 1st

JUNE
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival – Friday, June 19th – Sunday, June 21st

JULY
CANADA DAY – July 1st

INDEPENDANCE DAY – US Holiday July 4th

Ironman 5150 Series TRIATHLON – July 10th

Celebration of Light FIREWORKS at English Bay – Sat July 23rd, Weds July 27th & Sat July 30th

AUGUST
Vancouver Gay Pride Festival and Parade – July29th through to August 1st

BC DAY – Civic holiday – August 1st

SeaWheeze Half MARATHOn – Lululemon August 13th

Vancouver Convention Center – International Pediatric Association – August 17th to 22nd

Americas Masters games – Friday August 26th to September 4th

SEPTEMBER
Labour Day – Monday September 5th

OCTOBER
THANKSGIVING & Columbus Day – Monday Oct 10th

Vancouver Convention Center – American Society of Human Genetics – Sat Oct 18th to 22nd

Rock N Roll Half MARATHON – October 22nd to 23rd

HALLOWEEN! Oct 31st

NOVEMBER
Remembrance /Veterans Day – Nov 11th

USA Thanksgiving – Nov 28th

DECEMBER
Vancouver Convention Centre – Sat Dec 3rd to Weds Dec 7th

Christmas Holidays & New Year – Dec 24th to Dec 31st

Discover the local wildlife of Vancouver

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

If you have been following our posts lately on Facebook and Twitter you will have noticed that the various local wildlife of BC have been causing a stir as of late. First off we had a guy in his car have an encounter with just not one Cougar but three in the Comox valley on Vancouver island. Meanwhile just off Ogden Point in Victoria a Sea-lion was spotted wrestling with an Octopus which is actually a common part of the Sea-lions diet, but what made this extra special was that it had actually been filmed which has not been captured too many times before. Then to end it all – we had some amazing footage of a Momma Bear with her three cubs frolicking on a roadside in British Columbia.

You can check out the footage of all these amazing moments here.
A trio of Cougars: http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2016/02/vancouver-island-cougars-video/
A Sea-lion and Octopus wrestle: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/seal-wrestles-octopus-in-rarely-captured-scene-in-b-c-waters-1.2952020
Momma Bear and her Cubs: https://www.facebook.com/getbearsmartsociety/videos/10151117963329632/

THE MOST EASILY SPOTTED URBAN ANIMALS OF VANCOUVER
It seems hard to believe that there is so much wildlife within Vancouver and the surrounding areas that it surprises many of our guests who come to stay with us at the Sunset. The most easily spotted creatures are undoubtedly the city Squirrels, Crows, Birds of Prey and then the Skunks! We will break down the most popular animals that can be spotted around the city.

Squirrels
The most common squirrel in urban B.C., the Eastern Grey Squirrel, is actually an import from eastern Canada which was released into Stanley Park in 1909.
They were then introduced to Vancouver Island in 1966. Eastern Grey Squirrels are much larger than native squirrels, are either grey or black in colour, and flourish in urban environments.

Skunks
Notoriously famous for their distinctive bushy tail, black colour with white stripes and of course their smell if perturbed Skunks are everywhere throughout Vancouver- it does surprise many of our visitors as it is not an animal you would expect to reside in the city, but reside here they do and are guaranteed to be spotted everywhere especially after dark.

Raccoons
As well as the Skunks – you could easily say that these are their cousins or nemesis of the skunks, you will likely see just as many of these creatures as you would of them. Famous for their bandit like stripe across their eyes these cuties are one of the most intelligent urban species just getting by day to day just like us. Do not be surprised to see them anywhere in the city, sometimes you will even catch them down by the sea fishing or just enjoying a bathe!

Crows, Bald Eagles & the Great Blue Heron
Crows are everywhere in the city and love them or loathe them they really are a fabric of the Vancouver society. They get a special mention as the crows are easily spotted when they are travelling too and from their roost in the Burnaby area around Sunrise and Sunset, we mention this as it is one of the largest and most spectacular murder of Crows around and if you can see it you will certainly not forget it, this so called train of Crows can add up to a few thousand so keep your eyes out for this daily occurrence. Click here for footage over Commercial Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QuEjaG4Ghs

Bald Eagles are also everywhere and the best time to catch them is in the Spring and early Summer during Fledgling season although they can be spotted all year round. Vancouver is a prime area for spotting all kinds of Birds of Prey as we are lucky enough to be located in one of the busy migratory paths for these mighty and majestic birds.
In the 1960s only two pairs of bald eagles were nesting in the City of Vancouver – one pair in Stanley Park and one near UBC.
These large aerial predators nest in the forests of Stanley Park and throughout the greater Vancouver area and beyond, also they can be found in large trees on the waterfront. From their nests they overlook soccer and baseball games, arts venues, parking lots, picnics, houses and streets.

Stanley Park is home to one of the largest urban Great Blue Heron colonies in North America. They have been nesting at their current location behind the Tennis Courts at 2099 Beach Avenue since 2001 and have been documented nesting in various other locations in Stanley Park as far back as 1921. Today, sightings of these majestic birds in and around the park are common place.

You will certainly see them at the Waters edge picking for fish and you can actually get very very close to them if you are quiet and still, it is quite the sight to watch them as they effortlessly pick out the fish. We encourage every one to check out the Herons at the Tennis courts as it is a breathtaking site to witness. The best time of year to see them nesting is during Spring and early Summer!

For further information on the local wildlife check out the Stanley Park Ecological Society website: stanleyparkecology.castanleyparkecology.ca