CRAB PARK AT PORTSIDE
This is probably one of Vancouver's best kept secrets.
Hidden from view by the railway tracks, and nestled between the city's port and Canada Place, CRAB Park has views of the mountains, ocean, and downtown, and a unique perspective of Port Metro Vancouver and the Coast Guard. Two Chinese lion statues stand guard at the entrance on the Main Street overpass, framing the view of the Lions mountains.
To out kabourophobics (those with a fear of crabs) at ease, the park was initially named Portside Park when it opened in 1987 on land that was granted to the Park Board by the Vancouer Port Authority through a long term lease. The park was supported by a neighbourhood park committee / movement, Create A Real Available Beach (CRAB), and the name was changed to CRAB Park at Portside in 2004.
The park is popular with every age group. Children can choose from two playgrounds, a water park, a large grassy field, or the sandy beach. There is a designated off-leash area for dogs, though most seem to choose a swim in the ocean. Art-aficionados can stroll along the walkway, admiring the monuments and sculptures found throughout the park.
If you can't decide between getting some physical activity and eating lunch (a predicament we are often faced with), head to CRAB Park via Tacofino and consume your burrito on one of the Park's benches. With all the activity at the Park, it's a great place to sit and watch (and digest).
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