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Stanley Park

Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.

Vancouver’s beautiful green refuge is an expanse of cedar, fir, and hemlock trees, flower gardens and beaches on a strip of land that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. At 1,000 acres (400 hectares) it is one of the largest urban parks in North America, beating New York’s Central Park by about 150 acres (60 hectares).

Originally a base for the Royal Navy, the land was given to the city by the British government in 1888 and named after Lord Stanley of Preston. He was the governor general of Canada at the time the park was opened and was committed to preserving the area’s natural resources.  

While much of the park can be strolled, some of the interior is a dense stretch of forest. The park is home to lots of wildlife including coyotes, raccoons, beavers, skunks, gray squirrels and eagles. It’s an ever-present reminder of the region’s wilderness past.

The park is surrounded by ocean on three sides and tracing its perimeter is the Seawall. This 13-mile (22-kilometer) path is one of the city’s most popular recreation spots, attracting cyclists, joggers, rollerbladers, and walkers. There are two clearly marked sections, one for walkers and joggers and the other for cyclists and skaters. Allow two to three hours for a leisurely stroll of this path, an hour for biking.

For a novel way to explore the park, try a horse-drawn carriage ride for one hour, (running from March-Oct) or a ride in a miniature train (closed January and February). 

Discover rose gardens, pitch-and-putt golf, the collection of totem poles at Brockton Point, lawns, and plenty of open spaces to enjoy a read, sleep, or picnic. There are many swimming opportunities at the park’s beaches, including an outdoor pool at Second Beach that’s usually open during the summer months.

The entrance to Stanley Park is located at 2000 W. Georgia Street, in the West End neighborhood. You can buy a daily parking pass, which allows for moving and parking your car anywhere within Stanley Park during operating hours.

Popular Activities at Stanley Park

Not sure how to make the most of your visit at Stanley Park? We've put together a list of popular activities that will help you:

For even more things to do, examine our Vancouver things to do page.


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Pan Pacific Vancouver ¥22,553
Pan Pacific Vancouver

Pan Pacific Vancouver

999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Canada Place, Granville Street, and Vancouver Convention Centre. Robson Street and Queen Elizabeth Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront ¥18,816
    Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

    Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

    1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of United States Consulate, Robson Street, and Canada Place. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour Centre are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Waterfront Metro Station is 10 minutes.

      Fairmont Hotel Vancouver ¥21,345
      Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

      Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

      900 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located near the slopes, this Downtown Vancouver hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, Robson Street, and Granville Street. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Vancouver City Center Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Fairmont Waterfront ¥23,291
        Fairmont Waterfront

        Fairmont Waterfront

        900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Waterfront Centre, Canada Place, and Granville Street. Vancouver Convention Centre and Robson Street are also within 10 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          The Buchan Hotel ¥5,420
          The Buchan Hotel

          The Buchan Hotel

          1906 Haro Street, Vancouver, BC
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in West End, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Roedde House Museum and Stanley Park. Vancouver Aquarium and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall are also within 2 mi (3 km). Burrard Station is 22 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 25 minutes.

            EXchange Hotel Vancouver ¥15,607
            EXchange Hotel Vancouver

            EXchange Hotel Vancouver

            475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street, Harbour Centre, and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within 10 minutes. Granville Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA ¥14,533
              Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA

              Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA

              1180 Hastings Street W, Vancouver, BC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of United States Consulate, Robson Street, and Vancouver Convention Centre. Canada Place and Harbour Centre are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 7 minutes by foot and Waterfront Metro Station is 11 minutes.

                Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre ¥9,864
                Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

                Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

                180 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Granville Street are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 3-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.