A Summer Walk in Vancouver – Second Beach to the foot of Hornby St.
In the summer of 2010, I lived in an apartment hotel in Vancouver’s West End. (Specifically 910 Beach Ave Apartment Hotel.) I was enjoying Stanley Park’s Second Beach which has a good playground and a marvelous pool as well as the ocean. My ride back had left and I was happy, during a warm stunning sunset, to walk along the Stanley Park Seawall, which leads to a waterfront walk along English Bay.
Vancouver’s West End is known for its eccentrics. So, people-watching is great. Somehow with a stunning sunset and warm conditions even the more erratic people have a (relatively) care-free attitude. You can see every kind of attire, body type, stereotype, gender, tattoo, piercing and more. I discovered a unique busker: she was a contortionist who — at the time I walked by — was folded up like a pretzel and had asked a cute muscular guy to pick her up pretty much the way he’d handle a large suitcase.
Cyclists, inline skaters, skateboarders and other wheeled humans have a separate lane from walkers. However, when leaving the walking path, look out for them!
The route I took roughly parallels Beach Ave and is about 2.5 km long. For a nice distracting walk, you can’t beat this Vancouver walk.