Prospect Point, Stanley Park

The Lion's Gate Bridge passes over what is known as the First Narrows. From Stanley Park's Prospect Point Lookout in Vancouver the ships passing underneath the bridge are easily seen and are an awe inspiring site as they sail toward the horizon on their way to Alaska. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE:

Cruise Ship passing Underneath the Lion's Gate Bridge on its Way to Alaska as seen from the Prospect Point Lookout.





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Prospect Point, the highest lookout in Vancouver's Stanley Park is a popular area full of visitors throughout the year. Offering spectacular views of the surrounding park, both North and West Vancouver, the Lion's Gate Bridge as well as the Cruise Ships and Shipping Vessels going in and out of the harbour. Below, the Stanley Park Seawall and its hundreds of visitors circle the pathway along the ocean. Prospect Point encompasses large walkways, a restaurant, food stands and a gift shop as well as connecting paths to the trails throughout Stanley Park.

As Stanley Park's highest vantage point, this section of park receives a large amount of traffic for the spectacular view of the northern range of the Cascade Mountains as well as the behemoth Lion's Gate bridge rising over the first narrows from the Stanley Park Causeway which delivers travellers over to the Northern portion of Vancouver.

Some of the more awe inspiring moments are to see the large cruise ships passing underneath the bridge as well as the shipping vessels laden with cargo.

Looking down, you can also spot below some of the hundreds of people a day on the lower stretch of the Stanley Park seawall walking, running, biking or rollerblading the path.

Most of the Burrard Inlet and some of English Bay can be seen, allowing visitors to see a lot of the activities occurring throughout the waterways.

Across the inlet, a large portion of North Vancouver and almost all of West Vancouver can be seen from Prospect point. The tops of two of the local ski mountains can be seen - Grouse, easily identifiable by the gondolas taking visitors up to the summit, and Cypress over top West Vancouver. In the distance, you can make out one of the first lighthouses in the Vancouver region in Lighthouse Park located in West Vancouver.

The trees that were once clustered in the Prospect Point region were hit very hard by the 2006 Wind Storm which levelled many, leading to the redesigning of the lookout and its surrounding area.

The site houses some small stores and food venues which are popular in the summer months. A popular tourist attraction, Prospect Point is usually busy all year long but is most busy on cloudless days when the mountain range is visible.

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Prospect Point, Stanley Park's highest vantage point is a popular attraction where viewers can take in magnificent Vancouver views of West and North Vancouver, the Lion's Gate Bridge, the Ocean and the large cruise ships and shipping vessels entering and exiting the harbour.

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