Stanley Park is connected to Downtown Vancouver and it’s one of the definite must-sees when you’re visiting this part of Canada. This fantastic park is filled with activities and things to see, which can easily keep you busy for the whole day!
Explore the park by car, bus, bike or why not by foot – whichever you choose, I’m sure you’ll have a great time in Vancouver’s largest urban park!
If you enjoy scenic views, beaches, historical landmarks and wildlife, this is the place for you. Here are my 5 favorite, and free, things to do in Stanley Park:
Stanley Park Seawall
Stanley Park Seawall is connected to Vancouver Seawall, the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world! Stanley Park Seawall go in a loop around the park and is approximately 10 kilometers long. Choose if you want to walk the whole loop or just parts of it – my favorite part is in the south of Stanley Park, where you’ll have an amazing view of Vancouver’s skyline.
The totem poles in Stanley Park is definitely worth a visit! The Park Board started this collection in the 1920s, almost 100 years ago! If you’re interested in history, culture and beautiful artwork, you’ll enjoy exploring this part of Stanley Park. The totem poles are located at Brockton Point, which is in the south-east of the park.
Have a picnic
The park is a perfect spot for having a picnic — there are so many green areas. We found a peaceful spot between the Brockton Pavillon and the totem poles where we sat for hours, enjoying the beautiful surroundings, birds and squirrels.
Prospect Point Lookout
From Prospect Point Lookout, you’ll get an amazing view of the iconic Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver. This landmark opened in 1938 and connects Vancouver to North Vancouver. Take some photos, enjoy the beautiful Steller’s Jays you’ll most likely see flying between the treetops and, if you feel like ice cream or coffee, there’s also a cafe located at this lookout!
Who doesn’t like relaxing at a beach? One of the things I like most about Stanley Park is the diversity of things to do! You can start your day by admiring Vancouver’s skyline, continue to the totem poles and end the day by hanging at the beach — and it’s all within walking distance.
Third Beach is a beautiful beach in the western part of the park too. We didn’t plan on staying there for more than just a few minutes, but with such amazing views, the ocean and the warm sand, it’s hard to resist!
I hope this list has inspired you to book a trip to Vancouver and explore Stanley Park, because it’s nothing like any park I’ve ever visited before — I’m already thinking about going back!