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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Ratedout of 5
A great place to spend the day. You can park your car or take the -hop on hop off- bus to see the sights across the park. We parked near the ''View point'', had a great view of the Lion Gate bridge - then we walked to 3rd beach but took the path instead of the sidewalk, which is more of a scenic tour and not necessarily longer. Once arrived, we took a small shortcut through the trees to be greeted with the stunning view of the Pacific ! We spend more time then originally planned but don't regret a minute. We had lunch at the concession stand near 3rd beach (very affordable by the way). Then we decided to get the car to continue on as the other sights were kind of far by foot. *The great thing is, once you pay for your initial parking - it's good for the day, so great to visit all the sights if you have time. We then went around the park and saw the Lumberman's Arch Concession, Girl in a Wet Suit Statue, Totem Poles and Vancouver's seawall. We thought the park was overrated before we visited, but it did not disappoint.
Discovering Destinations - 8 hours 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 - 10 days 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 - 17 days ago
A must to go in Vancover. A beautiful green well maintained park. There are activity like pool swimming, bike rentals, tourist buses. You can have family gathering with barbecuing, games and swimming in the beach. You can easily spend a day their. My only negatives are the amount of people and parking space. If you get their early, parking will be a breeze.
Stefan Semunovic - 22 days ago
Stanley park is an amazing oasis right in the heart of Vancouver. The sea wall is a gorgeous long trail that rides all around Vancouver. Stop along third beach for an amazing sunset. The park itself is huge and is home to many local wildlife, such as ducks, geese, swans and beavers to name a few! The trails inside the park are absolutely amazing. The perfect way to spend an evening.
Gyan Tang - 1 month ago