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
Very fun park. The trails and views of the surrounding area were beautiful. More walking/hiking/biking trails than I thought. Could easily spend all day here and not even go to the aquarium. Parking cost $2.50 per hour up to two hours then $7.00 untill 11 pm. The aquarium cost $34 per adult in February. Will return here!
Bobbi Jo Matheny - 10 hours ago
Beautiful park with wonderful walking trails. You feel like you are in the amazon. We walked on the trail north of the lagoon and rarely bumped into anyone. A piece of paradise right next to the City. We barely explored the park. On our next visit we will be planning a whole day just to spend there.
Madelaine Dwyer - 8 days ago
Stanley Park is a great getaway within a large city. There's so much to see and do here; from walking the seawall to taking a stroll through the forest. It's such a large park, that you'll need more than one day to tour it.
Windy Corduroy Photography - 9 days ago
Great place for walks through the park or around the seawall. The best trail is from lost lagoon to prospect. It takes about 20-30 minutes each way goes through the middle of the park in the forest. Another route is around the park starting at English bay beach and finishing at Coal Harbour, one way trip takes 1-2 hours walking or 45 minutes on a bike. Parking is not free, cost is $3-4 per hour or $10 per day. At prospect point there is nice view of mountains and lions gate bridge.
E_____ C_____ - 1 month ago
Incredible urban wilderness. The seawall is a must do activity for visitors on a sunny day, you can rent a bike at Spokes by park entrance. Lots of interesting spots to explore. No free parking anywhere. Inner lake and forest trails great way to spend the day. Has aquarium, totem poles, beaches, a pool, playground, and several restaurants scattered throughout. Amazing.
Fergus Cafferty - 2 months ago