Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Stanley Park boasts one of the world's loveliest promenades.

(VANCOUVER, BC) New York has Central Park, London has Regent’s, and Paris has the Bois du Boulogne, but none of those great public parks can match the views from Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

With unmatchable views, Stanley Park covers 1,000 acres.

At just over 1,000 acres, Stanley Park juts out into the Salish Sea from downtown Vancouver, helping to form Burrard Inlet and the port that has made Vancouver such a thriving metropolis. Still largely wooded, it boasts one of the world’s loveliest promenades, the five and a half mile long Seawall Walk that rings the entire park. Be sure to pick up the well-designed map available at the information counter near the park entrance from Georgia Street to guide you on your way.

From the Seawall, cleverly divided to accommodate walkers and cyclists, you can appreciate the many facets of Vancouver’s trade, from the cruise terminal, jumping off point for Alaska’s Inside Passage, to the container port, to separate facilities for loading forest, grain, and mineral products onto ships and barges.

You can continue under the impressive Lion’s Gate Bridgethat links downtown with North Vancouver to

Lion's Gate Bridge links downtown with North Vancouver.

explore the western side of the park or veer off onto a wooded path that takes you up to Prospect Point Lookout with superb views of North Vancouver and the sea. Nearby is the Prospect Point Café. The map touts the “fine dining” here, which may be a bit of an overstatement since the limited menu runs heavily to burgers and fish and chips, but the Serious Seafood Chowder lives up to its billing and the setting can’t be beat.

If you have the time, be sure to wander through the many trails that crisscross the park’s interior. Most of the land here was heavily logged in the past, but the map helpfully calls out spots where the old growth trees in this rainforest are especially impressive. The park is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium, a number of formal gardens, some lovely beaches for swimming, a pitch and putt golf course, and tennis courts. You might even see a cricket match in progress.

Stanley Park is a magnificent amenity for Vancouver residents and a special treat for visitors.