Stanley Park features a wide range of things to see and do plus outstanding views from the surrounding seawall
At 1001 acres, Stanley Park, located immediately north of downtown Vancouver, is one of the largest urban parks in the world. Attracting more than 8 million visitors every year it has been 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 will 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.
At the south end of the park where it meets up with Vancouver's West End highrises you will find Lost lagoon which is home to an extensive variety of waterfowl. You can enjoy a pleasant walk around the lagoon on the walking path. On nice days you can find local artists displaying their paintings at the 'Painters Circle' just south of the Aquarium. There are many wilderness trails winding throughout the interior forests where you will find Beaver Lake, a large pond with a rich ecosystem. There is a large outdoor salt water swimming pool overlooking the ocean at second beach. Families with children will love going for a ride on the Miniature Railroad. Stanley Park is also home to the renowned Vancouver Aquarium, one of Vancouvers top attractions. Other attractions withing the park include the beautiful Rose Gardens, an 18 hole pitch and put golf course, and tennis courts.
Several restaurants provide awesome food and atmosphere in a variety of settings including The Fish House in Stanley Park, located just east of Second Beach near the park entrance and offering a variety of west coast cuisine with an emphasis on seafood; The Prospect Point Cafe, serving up seafood, burgers, and pastas with unbeatable views of the Lions Gate Bridge and the North Shore mountains; The Teahouse, a romantic location serving fresh west coast cuisine with ocean and mountain views and The Stanley Park Pavilion located by the rose gardens.
Facts For Your Visit
Hours: Open daily 24/7
Address: Vancouver, BC
Directions: Click the Map and Directions Tab at the top this page for Stanley Park map with nearest station(s) and Skytrain / walking directions.
Official Website: Stanley Park