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Faces the wind park

Cates Park was located at the mouth of Indian Arm, a thirty kilometre fiord. Across Burrard Inlet from its stony beach was Burnaby Mountain to the south, and Belcarra Park to the east. With over five hundred fires burning in the province, on the day I visited, the outlook was hazy from smoke drifting in from the interior. Continue reading Faces the wind park

Maruyama Park

Until 300 years ago, the area where Kyoto’s Maruyama Park stands today was merely shrubs and weeds. Early last century a landscape gardener, Jihei Ogawa, improved the gardens. The area was originally called Makuzugahara, but during the Kamakura period, it became known as a place of traditional Waka poems. Continue reading Maruyama Park

A lush Melbourne park

Fitzroy Gardens, named after an early New South Wales governor, was on the edge of the city centre located on a generous section of land. If I’d hoped to see an abundance of Australian native trees, I would have been disappointed. There were a few pines, gum trees and Moreton Bay fig tees, but this was more of an English park. Chestnut and elm trees appeared to have been planted when the park first opened 150 years ago because their girth and height was vast. Continue reading A lush Melbourne park

Joffre Lake Provincial Park

The aqua water of Lower Joffre Lake mirrored the pines on the opposite bank. Above loomed Matier Glacier with its melting ice cascading from Upper Joffre Lake, to Middle Joffre Lake, to the one I stood near. The sun glistened on the snow covering the peak, making it impossible to turn back. Continue reading Joffre Lake Provincial Park

Dr Sun Yet-Sen — Classical Chinese Garden

Sen Park was free to enter, but for a fee of over $10, I entered the Classical Chinese Garden, Dr Sun Yet-Sen that included a guided tour. Continue reading Dr Sun Yet-Sen — Classical Chinese Garden

Baden Powell Trail

Usually, when I’ve visited North Vancouver’s Lynn Canyon Park, I’ve taken visitors who ventured not far beyond the suspension bridge. This time, I decided to visit alone because I’d be able to hike further along the trails than I had before. Continue reading Baden Powell Trail

Vancouver’s Stanley Park

This is my daughter’s favourite park in the world. I get the attraction. It’s a huge 400 hectare site with a nearly nine kilometres of walk/cycle/roller blade trail that skirts the park plus internal trails. The view of the ocean and surrounding coastline is to die for and I’m impressed too. Continue reading Vancouver’s Stanley Park