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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Such a beautiful, huge park. It would take ages to explored it all! There is a huge network of nature trails to hike, along with the 9 or 10 km of seawall that loop around the whole park. It takes me about 2 hours to walk, including stopping for some pictures, and it offers some of the most beautiful views of the water, it's a great way to spend an afternoon and get some exercise! Of course, there are also the totem poles to visit, various beaches, concessions, restaurants, and the Aquarium is located in the park as well, but the free stuff here is my favourite part! There are also the beautiful rose gardens to wander. Lost Lagoon is beautiful, and a walk around there the other day showed me ducklings, goslings, squirrels, swans, and a racoon! Can you tell I love this park?
Kristy C - 13 days ago
A must for locals and visitors alike is a walk, bike, or rollerblade around the park on the great seawall. It's great taking in the views of the park, water, and skyline on this casual loop. Be courteous and respectful of the sidewalk logos which direct wheeled traffic in a counter-clockwise loop, while foot traffic is free to walk in any direction - but don't walk in the bike lanes for fear of hardcore cyclists hastily dinging their bells in your general direction. Sunny days in spring and summer draw large crowds, so take a casual pace and enjoy the extra time it might take to make your way along the wall.
Graham Knights - 15 days ago
Did a lot of walking around the seawall and the well-marked trails. There's plenty of markers with lots of info about the history of the park and the local flora and fauna. Here's my path: Lost Lagoon - Second Beach - Rawlings Trail - Merilees Trail - Siwash Rock Trail - Prospect Point - Avison Trail - Eastern seawall - Brockton Oval - Totem Poles - Brockton Point Lighthouse - Southern seawall - Devonian Harbor Park 5 hours, 28,000 steps
Gomer Aquino - 16 days ago
It is really incredible to see such a large park right next to a city especially when that city could easily use the land for commercial purposes, but not only is Stanley Park a huge urban green space but it is well maintained and offers plenty of activities. Very impressive and beautiful.
Michel Condoroussis - 17 days ago
We rented a bike and cruised around the sea wall on a cloudy day. The views were amazing and highly recommended if you're in the area. You can take a multi hour walk or a quick bike ride around the grounds. We didn't even make it within the park itself and I was pretty blown away. There is a lot that this place has to offer for anybody who enjoys the outdoors on a nice day!
Kevin Bischoff - 2 months ago