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  • Address: Georgia Street West
  • Admission: Free

Adjoining the West End of downtown Vancouver, the magnificent Stanley Park certainly enjoys one of the world’s most breathtaking settings: the park is surrounded on three sides by the ocean and loomed over by the snow-capped North Shore mountains. The park’s perimeter seawall stroll is one of the best ways to spend your time. Stanley Park is big enough to have quiet parts whenever you’re seeking seclusion, while wildlife lovers can always spot raccoons on the ground or eagles high in the trees.

Within its 1,000 acres/400 hectares you’ll find forests of cedar, hemlock and fir, mingled with meadows, lakes, and cricket pitches. On a sunny day all of Vancouver is here hiking, cycling, and jogging along the seawall or through the woods. There are also a couple of excellent beaches – ideal spots to perch on a driftwood log with a picnic and catch a kaleidoscopic sunset over the water.

But the park isn’t just for dewy-eyed nature lovers; other highlights include the collection of totem poles by the shore, Second Beach Swimming Pool, and Vancouver Aquarium. Kids love the Stanley Park's Children's Farm, where they can pet peacocks, rabbits, calves, donkeys, and Shetland ponies.

Practical Info

Stanley Park is located at the west end of downtown Vancouver. The park’s information center is near the Georgia Street entrance, along the seawall. For directions and maps, brochures, and exhibits on the nature and ecology of Stanley Park, visit the Lost Lagoon Nature House. There’s also a smattering of restaurants throughout the park.

The free shuttle bus that travels around the park stops a few steps away further along the seawall; alternatively, you can hop on a plodding horse-drawn carriage. Next to the petting zoo is Stanley Park's Miniature Railway, a diminutive steam locomotive that pulls passenger cars on a circuit through the woods.

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