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
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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The inner loop is a great place for a strenuous bike ride. Signs throughout limit vehicle speed to 30km/h and direct drivers to "yield to cyclists," and most do. Two unidirectional lanes mean cyclists mostly have their own lane. Public water and a great view at the top of the hill.
Scott Morris Rose - 20 days ago
One of the nicest City parks I've been to. I'd highly recommend a bike ride round the perimeter. Rentals can get expensive with all the tourists so if you do have your own bicycle, go for it! There are lots of photo opportunities along the way. The Vancouver aquarium is also within the park and during summer, kids can enjoy at numerous pools and wet zones. The only areas for improvement I see are public transit (buses to and from its loop are often beyond capacity and untimely) and lack of services (restaurants, shops etc) which make things difficult for spontaneous visitors.
Darshan Soni - 28 days ago
It's one of the most spectacular parks. There is a lot of activities you can do such as walking, biking, jogging, play Frisbee, play golf, tennis and much more. This park is so big and beautiful that you will never tired of it. And you also can have a wonderful lunch at rest area or picnic on a grass. Waterfront area is also great and has amazing view on city and ships in ocean.
oxana radayeva - 1 month ago
Beautiful park, but very busy on nice days. I'd recommend transiting or walking here if possible. Parking is not fun and leaving the park is difficult with all the cars and tourists who don't know the streets. Pack a picnic and enjoy walking along the sea wall until you find a good spot to settle in!
Catherine Luu - 2 months ago
Beautiful park, amazing views along the water. Would highly recommend biking around; my group of friends and I all thoroughly enjoyed it, and it's fairly easy to get off the path and stop for photos when you want to. There was a nice garden with roses too which was gorgeous.
Lanxin Chu - 2 months ago