Stanley Park

Come and discover Stanley Park — the top rated urban park in the world

Looking towards the Yacht Club at the entrance to Stanley Park
Looking towards the Yacht Club at the entrance to Stanley Park

At 1001 acres, Stanley Park, located immediately north of downtown Vancouver, is one of the world's largest urban parks. Attracting more than 8 million visitors every year it's rated the number one urban park in the world.

Largely surrounded by seawater, Stanley Park is famous for its 8 km seawall which you can walk, cycle or rollerblade around. As you make your way around the seawall you'll enjoy superb views of different parts of the city including the north shore mountains and the impressive Lions Gate Bridge. I would highly recommend walking or cycling at least a portion of the seawall. Bicycle rentals are available near the Georgia Street entrance to the park.

In the southern portion where the park meets up with Vancouver's West End highrises, scenic Lost lagoon is home to an extensive variety of waterfowl. Enjoy a pleasant walk around the lagoon on the walking path. On nice days local artists display their paintings at the 'Painters Circle' just south of the Aquarium. Many wilderness trails wind through the interior forests where you'll find Beaver Lake, a large pond with a rich ecosystem. A large outdoor salt water swimming pool overlooks the ocean beside Second Beach. Stanley Park is also home to the renowned Vancouver Aquarium, one of Vancouvers top attractions. Other park attractions include the beautiful Rose Gardens, an 18 hole pitch and putt golf course, and tennis courts.

Families with children will love going for a ride on the Stanley Park Miniature Railroad. It’s conveniently located just north of the Stanley Park bus loop. Enjoy a fun 2 kilometre ride through forest and tunnels pulled by a miniature replica of Canadian Pacific Railway #374 steam locomotive. This popular attraction operates during the summer months, Easter, leading up to Halloween when it becomes the ’Ghost Train’, and leading up to Christmas as the Bright Nights Christmas Train. During the later you’ll ride through an incredible 3,000,000 lights and decorations displayed by volunteers from the Vancouver Fire Department. You can get more details and up to date schedules for the Stanley Park Railroad here.

Two restaurants provide awesome food and a great atmosphere in pleasant setting. At The Prospect Point Cafe, you can enjoy seafood, burgers, and pasta with unbeatable views of the Lions Gate Bridge and the North Shore mountains. At The Teahouse, you'll experience a romantic location where you can enjoy fresh west coast cuisine along with spectacular ocean and mountain views. During the summer months there are also several walk up food stands in the park serving a variety of fast foods including burgers, fries, fish and chips, hot-dogs, hot and cold drinks and other treats.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Hours: Mon-Sun 24/7

Address: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Phone: (604) 681-6728

Website: Stanley Park

How to get to Stanley Park by Skytrain

Skytrain Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineBurrard Station2 Minutes
Canada LineWaterfront Station2 Minutes

From Burrard SkyTrain Station take the Burrard Street Exit. Walk to your left (North) along Burrard Street 1 block to West Pender Street. Cross to the far side of Pender and look for the westbound #19 Stanley Park Bus Stop to your left. From Waterfront Station on the Canada Line exit onto Granville Street and walk south 1 block to Pender Street. Proceed left around the corner onto Pender to the westbound #19 Stanley Park Bus Stop. Take the #19 Stanley Park Bus to its terminus just inside the park.

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Stanley Park Reviews

Overall Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 354 reviews. See all

5 Star Rating A real jewel in the city. Amazing beauty with many points of interest. Getting around by bicycle is the way to go as the hop on hop off buses can be annoying

Brendan Montgomery - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating An absolutely stunning park with gorgeous views and mesmerizing scenes. Includes trails for runners and cyclists along the perimeter of the park. I had a ton of fun cycling here.

Nader Khan - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful! I want to move to Vancouver just to have daily access to the park. If you get the chance, the park makes for a fantastic bike loop, or even a nice Sunday drive

Tyler Walters - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing view of Vancouver, the lights reflect beautifully off the water and have a soft glow against the sky at night. Romantic stops all around the park to either star gaze, or sit along the water on one of the many available benches and listen to the city.

Mckenna Smith - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Super fun to ride bike around the perimeter. I loved it and so did our kids. Beautiful views of the forest and oceanfront. Also has a fun playground our kids had fun at.

Sam Francis - 2 months ago

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