Situated on Little Mountain, the highest point in the City of Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park is a premiere attraction due to the variety of features to be found here. A sculpture and water display, a viewpoint looking north towards downtown and the mountains, gardens planted in a converted quarry and a tropical plant conservatory all justify some time spent here. The conservatory requires paid admission.
One day may not be enough to view and experience the various sections to be found in this municipally run botanical gem. A combination of landscapes, floral gardens, grasses, trees, artworks provide a dizzying array of paths to follow. These gardens and the staff are a valuable source of information for local gardeners through the many events held here during the course of the year. The two main events are the "Annual Plant Sale" and the "Annual Flower and Garden Show". It is also a marvellous place meditate on or ponder life's great mysteries in this very calming environment where water plays a major role. Paid admission is required.
Kits Beach and pool are situated accross English Bay from the West End. This is THE beach to see and be seen. A playground, volleyball and basketball courts, conscessions, facililies and of course the pool make this appropriate for singles as well as families. Bus lines going east west stop at the edge of this park making it one of the most accessible.
The stretch of land along the south side of English Bay from Jericho west to the tip of the Vancouver peninsula, is Vancouver's biggest natural playground at low tide if your tendency is towards water based activities. There are beaches, lots and lots, piers, sailing clubs, facilities and concessions that make it easy for anyone to spend a day here. Buses service this park area. There is plenty of parking though you may have to walk a bit if you have a favourite spot.
The University of British Columbia / UBC occupies the western end of the main Vancouver peninsula. English Bay on the north, the Fraser River on the south and the Strait of Georgia to the West. In addition to the educational facilities there are elements that attract visitors from the city, the province and all over the world.
The premiere attraction is the Museum of Anthroplogy (MOA). As well, here we find the Nitobe Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, Cecil Green House (heritage), a fabulous golf course open to visitors, Chan Centre for performing arts (an architectural gem) and specialized sources of information relating to various disciplines. There are conference facilities located here with accomodation available for attendees. Down by the shoreline of the Fraser River is situated famous clothing optional Wreck Beach.
In this area there are residences that are worthy of driving by just to see some of the spectacular architecture that can be found amongst them. Separating the University from the city to the east are the Endowment Lands and Pacific Spirit Regional Park. These are heavily wooded and provided many kilometers of walking and horseback trails.
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