Vancouverites are a lonely bunch, and that may not be such a bad thing.
A much-discussed survey by the Vancouver Foundation laments that city residents are becoming "increasingly disconnected" and more people are withdrawing from community life.
The issue is serious enough that Vancouver city councillor Andrea Reimer wants to strike an Engaged City Task Force to develop a stronger sense of community, CTV reported.
The survey results have generated plenty of debate around Vancouver. Huffington Post B.C. blogger Mike Klassen feels it's your own choice to be alone in the city since there are plenty of ways for residents to connect.
But is it so bad that people feel alone and isolated in a place like Vancouver?
The city is simply blessed with great places to be alone. There are the tall trees of Stanley Park; the forests that surround UBC; the mountains that tower over the city and provide unbelievable opportunities for hiking, skiing and snowboarding.
Is it possible that Vancouver and its surrounding areas are just really awesome places to be alone? Thoughts? #lonelyvan
This gallery shows the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lonely-vancouver-best-places-alone_n_1920602.html">best places to be alone</a> near Vancouver, B.C. North Vancouver's Deep Cove is one of them.
Garry Point Park, Richmond
At the western edge of Steveston Village in Richmond you'll find this park, a rolling landscape of meadows and bushes. Stand on one of its beaches and watch tankers roll in. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lonely-vancouver-best-places-alone_n_1920602.html">Read: Lonely Vancouver</a>
Prospect Point, Stanley Park
If you can find a moment alone here, it's worth it. Prospect Point looks out over Burrard Inlet and out to the North Shore. It's a popular spot for tourists so it's best to go outside peak times.
There's a little lookout at the apex of Burrard Bridge. Beneath you is Vanier Park, beyond that is the North Shore and the Sunshine Coast. Breathtaking views make for deep thinking.
Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver
Rare is the southward view that's better than this one. Lighthouse Park offers solace and a beautiful view looking out to the Salish Sea.
One of East Van's best parks, this little jewel offers solace to anyone taking their dog for a walk or who needs to get away from the noise of the city. Check it out on Saturdays for the Farmer's Market.
Front Seat On The Canada Line
There's a lone seat on the front of the Canada Line. Take it, and it's like staring into a void as you cruise underground and over the Fraser River into Richmond.
Formerly a row of antique shops, now a hipster's paradise, Main Street is a place where it's cliche to be with someone else. Don't worry if you're sitting alone in a cafe writing on your laptop. Everyone else is in the same boat as you are.
Rose Garden, UBC
Just outside the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts you'll find the Rose Garden, a lovely locale for intellectuals to let their minds run free. Take away the stress by having a nice look out to Burrard Inlet.
Tower Beach, UBC
Tower Beach was once a key strategic point for the Canadian Forces, with searchlight towers still lining the coast. Today, it's a great place to take a break from studying, put up a campfire and bask in the glow of the night sky.
The solemnity you feel at the top of Grouse Mountain is more than worth the Grind it takes to get up there. Finish the hike, then stop and listen: you won't hear a thing.
Arctic Expedition, Vancouver Aquarium
The Arctic exhibit is a place where you can feel alone, even in the company of others. Stare longingly at the beluga whales as they swim gracefully past the viewing window.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Take a nice, long walk to the summit of Queen Elizabeth Park. There you'll find gorgeous gardens, a geodesic dome and gorgeous views of the city below.
Nat Bailey Stadium
Try to find a seat alone for a Vancouver Canadians home game and witness one of the prettiest little ballparks in the country. Baseball is a game with a lot of stops and starts, giving you plenty of time for reflection.
Bowen Island Ferry
The island itself is great, the ride there is better. There's hardly a better ride than standing on the deck of the Bowen Island Ferry as it traverses Howe Sound.
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