"We’re going to be Canadians few years from now, proudly so. We’re from Iran. All I’m doing is helping my kids grow up in a better community in a safer and calmer place. We’ve tried different places in Canada: Toronto, Calgary and this is the last place. 20 days and I’ve decided this is the place to stay. Here you can see eternity. See? Look at that. It is really beautiful. I’m telling you it is spectacular. This is the unique thing about Vancouver, to keep the nature just as is and preserving it. I’m sure the next generation will be proud of us for protecting the nature."
"We’re a bunch of single people. It just evolves and new people come in and out. I think we share a common passion of running and now obviously, the nature of this park. So, it’s a connection for us."
"Every time we go through, we run the same place but it’ll look different at different times of year, and in the rain and the sun."
"You feed off each other in running and in a park - the beauty just keeps you going."
"That’s what I think you get out of this park. That grows the connection between us."
"So here we’re living on the cusp of Vancouver, a big growing city, but we can escape here and attach with nature."
"Addie is having her first visit to the beach since she had a major surgery, a full knee replacement, and it’s been a long road to recovery. This is the first sunny day where she was well enough to come down and enjoy putting her little paws in the water. It’s an important thing for her to be able to get out and feel the wind on her face and breathe some salty air. I think it’s important for my spirit, too, to get to come out and do the same thing. And what a beautiful day and a beautiful spot.
I had a terrible injury about four years ago, and she was my feel-good project after. She helped me to rehabilitate from my injury by getting out and walking and staying active, so of course I’m happy to do the same thing for her.
She’s a very special dog. Somebody rescued her originally from Delhi, India and brought her over and then weren’t good to her. So she ended up being a rescue many times over, and came to me. I was just meant to keep her for a couple of weeks and then I kept her for good."
"I’m here in Vancouver for only four years. I come from a really dry place and I come here and it’s a very wet place. I am from Pakistan but for the last 40 years we were living in Saudi Arabia. My husband was working there and our daughters are settled here. At this age, we thought we should be near our daughters so we came here. We are very happy to have made the decision.
It is so rainy but so green. It’s just incredible. I just keep looking at the trees and it just sinks in me. It’s so beautiful. I’ve missed it in my life. When I’m in the park I really love it. I want to be there more and more."
“After my son was born, I’d come here almost daily to walk in the park. I could see the changes in nature throughout the year and that really connected to me on how life is constantly changing. It kind of soothes the soul. I had a bit of post-partum depression and it sometimes felt scary. This, nature, was a place where I felt a little bit more grounded and inspired. It was quite a lovely part of my day that I looked forward to.
At some of the favourite trails that I used to go on, when I’m on them now I still think about him. He’s 15 now. He goes for lots of walks still. We will often go for walks together if he wants to talk about stuff. It’s been nice to do that together throughout our life.”