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Stanley Park

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Stanley Park - the largest urban Park and one of the main attractions of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Park is located on the Peninsula, washed by waters of Vancouver Harbor and English Bay and bordering the business centre of Vancouver. Stanley Park is also the third largest urban Park in North America and attracts millions of tourists.

Before British Columbia was colonized by the British, the territory of today's Stanley Park and its surroundings for thousands of years was inhabited by the so-called indigenous peoples. In 1857 a gold rush on the Fraser river attracted to this region thousands who want to get rich miners founded a small settlement. In 1867 an English sailor Edward stamp opened a sawmill around which the settlement was formed - Gastown renamed in 1870 in Granville. In 1886, Granville was granted town status and its current name Vancouver, and in September 1888, a solemn opening of the first urban Park - Stanley Park. The name of the Park was in honor of the 6th Governor General of Canada - sir Frederick Arthur Stanley.

Stanley Park is a huge green oasis with an area of over 400 hectares with many convenient footpaths and forest trails, picturesque lakes and gardens, great beaches, children's playgrounds, miniature railway, tennis courts, Golf course, outdoor summer theater, etc. the greater part of the Park, as at the end of the 19th century a dense forest (the height of some trees exceeds 70 m and the age is two hundred years).

In the Park you will see a large number of different monuments, statues and sculptures (including the Japanese Canadian war memorial, statues of sir Stanley, the famous Scottish poet Robert burns, Olympic runner Henry Jerome and sculpture known as "the girl in a wetsuit" the work of the Hungarian sculptor Eleka Imide), as well as an interesting collection of native American totem poles. At the perimeter of the Park, laid on the top of the dam, stretches of the pedestrian embankment - a favorite place of citizens and guests of Vancouver. For cyclists there is a separate lane to get around which is counter-clockwise.

In the Park is also famous Vancouver aquarium, which is not only one of the best aquariums in the world, but also one of the largest centres for marine research, conservation and rehabilitation of marine life.