Stanley Park is a gorgeous chunk of old growth forest in the city center – 400 hectares of rainforest near the downtown core where you can walk or cycle the trails and visit the parks, playgrounds, and gardens that are scattered throughout the area.
We see a lot of wildlife whenever we visit, most often the raccoons that come out to hunt for duck eggs and food dropped by park visitors. There’s a sweet little train that kids love as well (if you visit during Halloween, you can take the haunted Ghost Train ride).
Be sure to check out Lost Lagoon near the Stanley Park entrance. This gorgeous tree-lined path around the water provides plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, particularly for birds (especially swans and ducks), turtles, and raccoons.