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 and several Vancouver Bike Share stations are convenient to the park too.
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
Hours: Mon-Sun 24/7
Address: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 681-6728
Website: Stanley Park
|Skytrain Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Expo Line||Burrard Station||2 Minutes|
|Canada Line||Waterfront Station||2 Minutes|
How to get to Stanley Park by Skytrain
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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Ratedout of 5
Been going to Stanley park my entire life. Lots of great memories. Beautiful place to spend a bit of time if you need to get away from the hustle fur a while but don't have time to go far. Hit the trails, enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells. Sit for a while at 3rd Beach and soak a few rays.
Skyler - 12 hours ago
Stanley Park is a Vancouver "Must See"!! The most beautiful view in the city are from different points in the massive park! There are tons of biking and walking trails! You can just follow the Sea Wall all the way around or adventure deeper into the forested areas of the Park! There is the Lost Lagoon where all the birds escape to! You're guaranteed to see a swan or two, especially in late Spring!!! And the many beaches to choose from
Courtney Prowse - 5 days ago
What's not to love? A massive park with great trails you can walk, run or bike along. A seawall outlines almost the entire park with the gorgeous Vancouver view of both open water and mountains. A high quality aquarium with dynamic display updates. Not to forget the beaches are worth a visit all on their own. There's even a wide, well maintained open grass area big enough for cricket, ultimate, while still being a great place for a family picnic. Go here id you haven't already. Seriously. Go!
Jugger Nate - 9 days ago
A beautiful park for all ages. You can do bicycling, skate boarding, roller skating, hiking. On the trail you will get to lions bridge, mermaid statue and if you are lucky you will be seeing cruise and Canadian geese. Last year group of orca ( killer whale ) were also spotted. Gorgeous place to see native Canadian totems. And to be close to nature.
Namrata Verma - 26 days ago
A gorgeous park. Quite large so you could spend the better part of an hour just walking along it's sea wall. You can go from being beside the ocean to right in the middle of the forest along one of its trails. Great place for cycling or jogging. There's a water park and a field for large team games, then a 10 minute walk will take you to the bar and grill to cap off the day. The Vancouver Aquarium is located here, as well as a tea house and a sport field. Enjoy the sights from the horse-drawn carriage tour or the hop on, hop off trolley.
Greg Dejasco - 2 months ago