Stanley Park A Visitors Guide to a Great Day

Everything for Getting the Most out of a Visit to Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC Canada.

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By Darrin Robertson, VTT Editor - Updated: January 17, 2023

view of Stanley Park in the spring

Best Park in Vancouver Donated by Lord Stanley!

This Park is probably the attraction Vancouver is known best for. It is the largest city park in Canada, and it's beauty is breathtaking even to Vancouverites who see it every day!

The Park and Seawall are one of the main tourist attractions in Vancouver that you must see.

 Even if you're only staying here for a night or two, it is worth at least several hours. The beauty of the area is best enjoyed at a relaxed pace.

This page will answer many questions that are asked about visiting the Park, and will offer some tips on getting the most out of your time in this great part of Vancouver. 

Tips for Visiting Stanley Park: 

Best Time to See the Park:
Anytime really, but probably the best time to visit the Park is early in the morning, or mid to late afternoon.

When is the Park Open?

The Park is open year round. You can enter and leave the park whenever you like. Most attractions in the Park operate from 7 or 8 AM till dusk, except Vancouver Aquarium, which is open from 10 AM to 5:30 PM (9:30 to 7:00 in the summer).

There is no admission charge, as it is a public park operating free of charge.

How Big is the Park?
1000 acres, or just a little over 400 hectares.

Best Sights to See in the Park:

  • Totem Poles
  • Hanging Gardens
  • Prospect Point
  • Lagoon
  • Vancouver Aquarium - one of the biggest attractions at the Park.

What Fun Activities are There to Do in the Park?

  • Pitch and Putt Golf
  • 2 Swimming Pools
  • Tennis Courts
  • Walking, cycling and rollerblading around the Seawall
  • Beaches - there are 2 beaches in the Park, Second Beach and Third Beach.

Closest Hotels to the Park:

Best Views of the Park/from the Park:

  • Prospect Point - a nice view of Lions Gate Bridge
  • Lions Gate Bridge - you can actually walk across the bridge in the pedestrian lane, and there's great views of the Park, the Seawall, the cities of Vancouver and North Vancouver as well as the mountains and the ocean.
  • Park Entrance
  • Seawall - bring your camera here for sure, as there's great views of downtown Vancouver, Canada Place, the North Shore Mountains and English Bay.

How Much Time Do I Need To See at the Park?
Try to spend at least a day in and around the Park. If you're rushed for time, you can see the highlights in an afternoon. A couple days here would really give you a good feel for the Park and it's environs.

Restaurants In & Near the Park:

The Prospect Point Café
Fish House Restaurant
Sequoia Grill

Is it a Safe Place?
The Park is generally quite safe for everyone. However, there is a need to exercise the usual caution regarding locking your car and not leaving any valuables unattended in it.

It's also recommended that women do not walk alone in remote or poorly lit areas at night.

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