Nested in a residential neighborhood in West Vancouver, this park offers stunning perspective on the British Columbian ecosystem with its three attractions. The centerpiece of this operation is the historic bridge that stretches 450 feet across and 250 feet above the Capilano River. As you cross, you are embraced by the beauty of the river below and the occasional bald eagle flying overhead. The bridge was built in 1889, and its construction and history is well told throughout the 27 acres.
Alfred Caldwell quietly created landscapes rivaling those of his famous mentor Jens Jensen. Now, one of Caldwell’s brilliant works officially ranks among the best, on a short list that includes Jensen’s Columbus Park in Chicago. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool at Chicago’s Lincoln Park has been named a National Historic Landmark, making it one of fewer than 50 landscapes to receive the nation’s highest honor for historic properties.
Seattle waited seven years for its new sculpture park to be completed, and when it opened on a sunny weekend in January of 2007, people turned out in droves. And no wonder. The nine-acre site, long a contaminated industrial blight along the city’s shoreline, has been transformed into a sophisticated urban green space by the New York firm of Weiss/Manfredi. Their design for the Olympic Sculpture Park crosses highway and train tracks to link a hip, urban neighborhood to the city’s working waterfront.
If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, and you are interested in gardening there is no shortage of amazing locations you will want to add to your schedule. Breathtaking natural settings run throughout Vancouver and at the heart of the city stands the incomparable Stanley Park. Roughly 980 acres in size, the park embraces the city with a 5-mile seawall bike and running path with stunning views of English Bay, Lion’s Gate Bridge and abundant sea life—sometimes even an Orca.