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
One of the best parks in Vancouver I've ever been to. Great for tourists around the world and to look outside with beautiful landscapes and totem poles. Also, keep an eye out for some celebrities you've heard of as seen on television or film. You may never know who you might bump to. Recommended to go to either Halloween's Ghost Train or Christmas' Bright Night
Anthony Albania - 7 days ago
If your dog loves everyone and wants to be their friend the seawall might not be the greatest since thousands of people walk along it. The paths inside the park though are beautiful and not flooded with tourists. I wish they didn't ban dogs from the unused beaches, my dog loves water but I'm not going to pay 2500 for her to get a swim in.
Dario Perovich - 14 days ago
Nice park with various attractions. I gave 3 star because of their timing. Why close many attractions at 5PM even in summer? There is sunlight till 9:00 pm. Is it some union restriction that you have to close at 5pm? Hundreds of tourist, locals and all kids would love to visit various attractions after 5:00 every day if it were to be open.
Sada K - 28 days ago
My favourite part of Vancouver! There is something delightful about getting lost in the woods, when you know the city is less that 1km away. Stanley park is beautiful in every way, shape and form. We rented bikes and spent a good 4 hours cycling around, stopping to appreciate what was before us + we had an awesome picnic, which is always fun. The totems were beautiful too. Simply perfect!
Rohan Ellis - 1 month ago
If you are visiting Vancouver, Stanley Park is a must. The scenery and city views are just amazing and there are plenty of places to take photographs. They are many different types of restaurants with all types of cuisines. The Rose garden was beautiful and the infrastructure of the surrounding buildings were stunning. I am a water lover so being by the waterside was awesome. It was busy but not noisy at all. Great for couples, families and kids. You can rent bikes here, parking you have to pay for. Lots to do and see. There is a lot of walking so I'd suggest comfortable shoes. Highly recommended on my list of places to see in British Columbia. Will a few pictures, have a lot more but a must see for yourself.
Nida Khawaja - 1 month ago