Stanley Park is a 405-hectare (1,001-acre) park that borders the downtown of Vancouver. The park has over half a million trees and many groves of old-growth Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir remain, the tallest of which stand 76 metres (249 ft) and the oldest trees are close to a 1000 years old.
Pacific Spirit Regional Park is an 874 hectares (2,160 acres) park on the west side of Vancouver surrounding the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC).The park contains over 73 km of walking/hiking trails, 50 km of which are designated multi-use and available for cycling and horseback riding.
One of the most awe-inspiring nature experiences in the city of Vancouver is exploring the tidal flats on the Spanish Banks at low tide. You can walk a few hundred yards into English Bay and enjoy amazing views of Vancouver's skyline and the Coast Mountains.
The best website to view Vancouver's tidal schedule is Tide Forecast. Look for a low tide forecast under 5 feet (1.5 metres).
You can now experience BC’s wilderness on the Internet like never before. Destination British Columbia just launched an awe-inspiring new BC Journeys portal, which features Google Street View treks, 360° video, local stories and more. Check it out: BC Journeys