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Vancouver, British Columbia and the surrounding areas are loaded with beautiful and interesting places to visit. I am always amused that during Holidays people can’t get out of town fast enough. Off to the cottage, cabin and over to Vancouver Island. There are so many places to see locally.  I realized that there are a lot of local places I have never been to. I decided that I must see some of these. I call this my Staycation.   I began, this week, with Queen Elizabeth Park.
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Queen Elizabeth Park is 52 hectares in the middle of Vancouver. It is the tallest point in Vancouver at 152 metres above sea level. At the top is the Bloedel Conservatory and the park has beautifully landscaped quarry gardens, sculptures and a huge variety of plants, artfully arranged. Originally it was known as Little Mountain and much of the stone for Vancouver’s roads was quarried there. It holds two of the reservoirs for Vancouver’s water.  It was dedicated i n 1939 by the King George VI and his consort Queen Elizabeth.  For more info go to the link below.

Here is the link to the Parks and Recreation page.  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

This is the printable map. It doesn’t show all the walkways.   queen-elizabeth-park-map(1) 

The day I went was very hot and sunny. I took a sandwich and a thermos of tea. I should have added a bottle of water. There is plenty of parking. It is pay parking. I stared at the Bloedel Conservatory. The Park itself is free to visit. The Conservatory costs $6.50.

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At the very top of the park is this beautiful fountain. All the way around this area are shaded seats. A perfect place for lunch.

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The children and their parents ignore the sign and were enjoying playing in the fountain.

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From the top of the park is a stunning view of the North Shore Mountains

Places to See in Vancouver – Bloedel Conservatory

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The Conservatory was teaming with flowers. Here are a few to tantalize you.

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Figs!?! I think. I have only ever seen them at the market. What a city girl!!

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The Conservatory was full of birds. Little ones…….

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Large Tropical Birds! The African Grey is my favorite.

The Conservatory is not large and has a game sheet kids can use to find all of the birds. It will keep them occupied for a little while. It was very nice and I plan to return early next year to look at the orchids.

Places to See in Vancouver – Queen Elizabeth Park – Large Quarry Garden

The Conservatory is quite humid so it was a relief to get out into the dry air. I began with the large Quarry garden. 

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Beautiful views in the Large Quarry. That bridge is so lovely!

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View from one of the many shady seats in the Large Quarry Garden in Queen Elizabeth Park.

I moved on rather aimlessly until I arrived at the Small Quarry Garden. 

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Someone very clever has been at work in the Small Quarry Garden. Such fun designs made of plants.

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 In July, Vancouver can get very warm. What does one wear to explore a park? Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must. The rest (in this case:  Stretch Twill shorts I made for our trip to the UK in 2008, Joe Fresh sleeveless T and a very lightweight sleeveless blouse of indeterminate origin) are up to you. 

I love this hat. It looks like a blob of straw but once on your head it goes into shape perfectly. It has an elastic headband and keeps me shaded and cool. 

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Here is one available on Amazon. There are some very cute ones to choose from. I like crushable ones as mine has been wedged into totes, backpacks, and carry-ons

I hope you have a chance to visit Queen Elizabeth Park and enjoy it as much as I did. A picnic with friends would be so much fun next time!

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