I have found my new favourite view of Vancouver! It is the best place to see views of the buildings in downtown aaaand all the mountains at the same time. Queen Elizabeth park is perched on the top of a hill and surrounded by pretty gardens. Plus it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from our apartment. If any of my friends visit us, I am pretty sure I’ll need to bring them here!
So, although I have been LOVING all the walks in Vancouver, I still don’t know many people. Job hunting was starting to seem like a full-time job, but not a very productive one, as I wasn’t hearing back from any of the myriad of places I had applied to. So, one evening while Marc was working late, I was feeling a little sad and lonely. I knew from my time living in Japan that it’s normal to feel a little sad when you’re away from friends and family, culture shock-like sadness comes in waves. I also know the best way for me to swim back to the top to my normal level of happiness; So I looked at a map and worked out a walk to get me out and about.
I chose to explore the path up to Queen Elizabeth park mostly because I hadn’t yet wandered in that direction. I didn’t google it before I left, so I had no idea what to expect. The walk there was a slight incline the whole way through pretty residential neighbourhoods,and then a slightly steep climb right at the end, leading to a huge car park on the top of the hill. There is a golf course on one side, and a busy-sounding baseball stadium to walk past, but the actual park was pretty empty on a Thursday evening.
The northern side of the Queen Elizabeth park carpark leads into the amazing views! If you’re not sure which way to turn, head towards a massive flagpole and a dome-like conservatory. From there you can see the whole of Vancouver and look at all the mountains! The mountains in the middle include Grouse Mountain and Dam mountain which we climbed last weekend, and the mountain to the right with three bumpy peaks is Mount Seymour, our first Canadian mountain.
I spent a while attempting to take panoramas and admiring the view. Then I noticed the other side of Queen Elizabeth park is a gorgeous botanical garden. The dome is the Bloedel Conservatory. I didn’t go inside as I figured I should wait for Marc, but nothing could stop me from a quick wander around the garden.
Starting from the mountain-viewing area, you have a fantastic view down into the Queen Elizabeth park garden. It reminds me of Kew gardens, but it was a lot smaller (and on a hill!) Maybe a closer London version is the lovely Pergola and Hill gardens. That is gorgeous and on a hill too.
I found some interactive artwork. These ladies with brollies are starting to be covered in locks. It might look really nice by the time their dresses are all covered in locks. For now, they just looked fabulous and shiny in the sun.
Once you make it down inside the garden it seems quite manicured, but really lovely. I am sure if I ever feel sad again, the Queen Elizabeth Park would be the perfect antidote.
I did bring Marc up to Queen Elizabeth park the following week, but it was after our date night so a little later.
It was a little misty that night. There was some haze from the massive forest fires in the B.C interior that made the sky look quite pink. We walked around the garden again, but I couldn’t really take more photos as it was just a little too dark.
Anyway, my sadness prevention walk seemed to work. The following morning I had a call from the University of British Columbia. They had found me a temporary job. Yay! That is why I didn’t have a chance to write up our adventure on Dam mountain yet – last week I was busy learning as much as I can about the Mechanical Engineering department at my new job. Everything feels a little better now. I’ve met lots more people and I am working, so feeling less like a scrounging wife! Phew!
Anyway I liked Queen Elizabeth park so much, that I am sure I will come back and take more photos. If you come to visit me in Canada, and don’t want to climb a mountain, I’m planning to bring you here! If you’d like to see other gorgeous Vancouver parks, I have a whole post about them here.