Why you need to visit Vancouver’s Stanley Park

11 April 2018

Discover a new experience around every corner in Vancouver, one of North America’s most diverse melting pots. From breathtaking natural beauty to intriguing cultural attractions and towering buildings to tantalising cuisine, it’s a great place to enjoy a city break with a difference.

One of Vancouver’s finest attractions is Stanley Park. Located at the north end of Vancouver’s downtown peninsula, this thousand-acre green space is the city’s heart, and comes complete with a temperate rainforest, cricket pitches, rose gardens, totem poles and beaches. Here are just some of the reasons Stanley Park should be added to your Vancouver itinerary.

There’s lots to explore

Let the history and natural beauty of Stanley Park enchant you. There are so many ways to see the park, whether it's enjoying a pleasant walk or cycle, seeing the array of amazing sights from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage, or taking in the scenery from a shuttle trolley, the park railway or tour bus.

With over 27 kilometres of forest trails winding through the park’s dense foliage, you can enjoy quiet refuge away from Vancouver’s hustle and bustle. The Cathedral Trail Boardwalk provides something different from the bark-mulched interior paths, cutting through one of the park’s most biologically-rich areas.

Stop by and smell the flowers of the many gorgeous gardens in Stanley Park, and make sure to visit its famous landmarks including the Lost Lagoon, 32 million-year-old sea stack Siwash Rock, the Hollow Tree, Brockton Point Lighthouse and Prospect Point, which serves up unrivalled views of the Lions Gate Bridge, North Shore Mountains and Burrard Inlet.

Play the day away

Whether you’re looking for something to do with the family or just want to kick back with friends, take advantage of a great selection of activities on land and in the water – all against a spectacular backdrop of ocean, mountains and forest.

Pull out the wedges and step up to the tee at the Stanley Park Pitch & Putt, offering sculpted fairways, mature trees and lush greens in a spectacular setting alongside English Bay. You can also work on your backhand at the tennis courts or dine with a view by having a picnic in the park. Don’t forget to swing by the famous Seawall, either. This is the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path - perfect for a walk, cycle or jog and is the most popular recreational spot in the city.

Beach days galore

One of Stanley Park’s more remarkable features is its abundance of coastal delights. Second Beach is one of Vancouver’s top spots with a small, sandy beach supplemented by an oceanside, heated outdoor pool. Barbecues can be used at nearby Ceperley Meadow and you can reserve a picnic shelter for private gatherings too.

Third Beach, located at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park, is a naturally sandy beach surrounded by trees that shield dippers and tanners from urban noise. This is a great place for sunbathing, picnics and watching the sun go down.

It’s great for youngsters

If you’re travelling with younger members of the family, they’ll love what Stanley Park has to offer. The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest and is a great place to take kids of all ages whatever the weather, giving them the chance to see beluga whales, dolphins and over 70,000 of the aquarium’s other residents.

Famous for its role in Stanley Park’s festive season, the Stanley Park Miniature Train takes visitors on an exciting journey through the forest, transforming into the Ghost Train on Halloween and a winter wonderland ride at Christmas. Stanley Park is also home to the Variety Kids Water Park, a perfect summertime destination for those who love to splash around.

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