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  • Address: Stanley Park
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Seawall Promenade

One of the highlights on a visit to bucolic Stanley Park, as well as Vancouver itself, is a walk or bike ride along the famous Seawall Promenade. The 9km/5.5mi stone wall hugs the waterside edge, following the entire perimeter of Stanley Park and beyond, offering cyclists, pedestrians, joggers, and inline skaters scenic vistas of forest, sea, and sky.

Starting from Coal Harbour, it winds eastward toward Brockton Point, then curves northwest along the Burrard Inlet, with views of the North Shore mountains across the water. Spaced at regular intervals along the walk are information panels that go into various aspects of Vancouver’s past. It’s education, exercise and eye-candy at the same time. After you pass Lions Gate Bridge, snake down the west side of the park, a perfect spot to watch the sun sink into the Pacific.

After circling the park, the Seawall Promenade continues along Sunset Beach, on the southeast side of downtown, around False Creek, past the Burrard Street Bridge, through Vanier Park, and finishing off at Kitsilano Beach Park.

Practical Info

The Seawall Promenade is easily accessible from many points along its route. Keep in mind that cyclists and skaters, like vehicles, must travel counterclockwise around the park. Weekdays are the best if you want to avoid the crowds.

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Vancouver Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 692 Reviews

Vancouver’s top sights are all mapped out for you to explore at your own pace with this hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Hop aboard a San Francisco-style trolley ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 1 or 2 days

From USD $30.79

Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 407 Reviews

Hit some of Vancouver's most popular sites on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Wind through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more, while ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.98

Private Tour: Vancouver City Sightseeing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

See Vancouver your way, on a private tour of the seaport city's major attractions and highlights. Spend as much time as you like at Stanley Park’s Brockton ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.20

Stanley Park Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Cycle away from the urban noise and disappear into the woods on this 3-hour bike tour of Stanley Park. Explore the sights at a relaxed pace: First Nations ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.44

Vancouver City Walking Tour: Coal Harbour and Stanley Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Join this walking tour of Vancouver for a great up-close view of this amazing Canadian city. Your expert local guide will lead you along the seawall and ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.64

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