Appropriately titled 'Photo Session' these bronze statues are popular tourist attractions at Queen Elizabeth Park
Queen Elizabeth Park perched on aptly named Little Mountain in the centre of Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the largest parks, besides Stanley Park, in the region encompassing 130 acres of land.
Sitting 550 feet above sea level it is one of the highest points overlooking the downtown core to the north, the sea to the west and the city and valley to the east and south.
The area was not always a park; material needed for the construction of the new city came from Little Mountain which served as a gravel quarry before the 1930s. The desolate landscape we mostly untouched until the suggestion was made to transform the site into sunken gardens and in 1939 it was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth I and her husband King George during their visit to Vancouver in 1939 and named in the Queen's honour. Since then many improvements and additions have been made to the site. Flowers and trees were planted mainly in the old quarry region with hundreds of different species and growth periods making Queen Elizabeth Park a kaleidoscope of colours throughout the year.
The peak of Little Mountain serves as home to a few interesting architectural wonders. The Bloedel Conservatory filled with exotic plants and animals and has the distinction of being he first geodesic conservatory built in Canada. Outside the dome is a large 'dancing' fountain system with a large modern art instillation, "Knife Edge" by famous Canadian Henry Moore. The new Celebration Pavilion built with natural coastal products was built to accommodate weddings and other festivities. A large restaurant also sits atop the gardens with a beautiful view of the city and northwards to the Cascade Mountain range.
The surrounding park encompasses a variety of activities. Outside the garden, waterfalls and pond, there is a pitch and putt golf course, tennis courts, lawn bowling and a disc course.
The summer sees the highest level of activity with people coming to admire the beautiful quarry gardens as well as the popular Painter's Corner, an area reserved for local artists to display their wares.
The park has been used for many Hollywood North projects and some locally filmed TV series, notably, Stargate SG1.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Queen Elizabeth ParkCambie Street at West 33rd Avenue
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