Edging Vancouver's great urban wilderness of Stanley Park, Lost Lagoon is a sprawling artificial lake that serves as one of the city's best spots for an afternoon idyll. Anchored by the historic Jubilee Fountain (built to commemorate Vancouver's Golden Jubilee in 1936), Lost Lagoon's a birdwatching hotspot: Canada geese, mute swans (exotic but gorgeous), and sundry ducks ply its waters, while frozen-still great blue herons are common sights along the shoreline.
You can hike your way all around the lagoon on the circumambulating trail, a stroll that often flushes out a raccoon or two. Meanwhile, the Stanley Park Nature House at the water's edge offers interpretive exhibits on the area's ecology.
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