Province/Territory: British Columbia

The City's Crown Jewel

  • 09 totem poles
  • 3,500 rose bushes
  • 22 historic monuments

Be whisked away to an urban oasis—a sprawling green-space abundant with floral gardens, rimmed by beaches and peppered with cultural monuments and Aboriginal artworks. This is Stanley Park—Vancouver’s largest and oldest park, Canadian National Historic Site and the city’s Crown Jewel.

It is a park for the people; a recreation centre in the heart of downtown. Take a bicycle tour of the Seawall, trading vibrant urban skylines for Pacific vistas. Stroll beneath towering totem poles and ornately carved gateways. Embark on nature walks to rewarding viewpoints. Marvel at the 800-year-old Hollow Tree. Laugh with a playful beluga whale. Spend a day or spend a weekend. Welcome to Vancouver’s most popular destination—Stanley Park.

Why you should visit
  • Explore 400 hectares of beautiful west coast nature, right in downtown Vancouver.
  • Bicycle, rollerblade, jog or walk around the 8.8-km Stanley Park Seawall, spotting monuments such as “Girl in the Wet Suit,” “Harry Jerome” and 20 others.
  • Get up-close-and-personal with beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, regional fishes and cuddly sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium.
  • Marvel at nine towering Coast Salish totem poles and three ornately carved wooden gateways; learn of the First Nations legend surrounding Siwash Rock.
  • Have a swim at the oceanfront, 80 m Second Beach pool.
  • Watch the sunset from sandy Third Beach.
  • Catch an outdoor concert or Theatre Under the Stars performance at Malkin Bowl.
  • Stop and smell the flowers at the Ted & Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, Shakespeare Garden and Stanley Park Rose Garden.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Stanley Park is open 365 days per year.
  • Ride the family-oriented, Halloween-themed Ghost Train in October.
  • Visit during December for the Bright Nights holiday display and Train.
  • Second Beach Pool is open during summer (exact dates vary).
  • The Historic 9 O’Clock Gun is fired every night at 9:00 pm.
Need to know
  • Plan for one hour to bicycle around the Seawall or three hours to walk.
  • Bicycle and/or inline skate rentals are available at locations near the park.
  • Comfortable clothing and athletic shoes are recommended for outdoor activities.
  • Group picnic site reservations are available .
  • Stanley Park is an accessible destination and is free to visit.
Getting Here
  • Stanley Park is located at the west end of downtown Vancouver.
  • Accessible via public transit from anywhere in Metro Vancouver.
  • On-site vehicle parking is available for a fee.
  • Taxi transport is readily available to-and-from the park.
  • Horse-drawn carriages, trolleys and bus tours operate within the park.