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Stanley Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Stanley Park showing a park, general coastal views and landscape views

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.

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The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
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The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
4 out of 5
1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥20,237 per night from May 25 to May 25
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Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥12,209 per night from May 21 to May 21
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The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥13,433 per night from May 18 to May 18
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The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
4 out of 5
1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥20,237 per night from May 25 to May 25
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The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥7,905 per night from May 28 to May 28
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Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver
Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver
2.5 out of 5
1431 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥6,234 per night from May 18 to May 18
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Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥15,268 per night from May 18 to May 18
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Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
4 out of 5
1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥12,919 per night from May 18 to May 18
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Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥25,205 per night from May 18 to May 18
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Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA
Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA
4 out of 5
1180 Hastings Street W, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥14,035 per night from May 21 to May 21
Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA
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