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Stanley Park

Recognised as one of the greatest parks in the world, well-loved for its forested walking trails, bustling beaches, manicured gardens and variety of wildlife.

The beloved green lung of Vancouver is a living, breathing medley of majestic cedar, fir and hemlock trees, blooming gardens and pristine beaches along the peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Spanning over 400 hectares, Stanley Park beats New York's Central Park in size by 60 hectares making it the third largest urban park in North America, visited by about eight million people annually.

Formerly designated as a military reserve and logged for timber, the land was given to the city by the Dominion government in 1888 and named after Lord Stanley of Preston, the governor general of Canada at the time, and a dedicated preserver of the area's natural resources.

More than 27 kilometres of forest trails weave through the lush foliage of the park, some of which were once used by lumberjacks to drag fell trees to the water. Look out for some of the park's wildlife, including coyotes, raccoons, beavers, skunks, grey squirrels and eagles. A stroll along one of these trails gives you a glimpse into the region's wilderness history.

Surrounded by ocean on three sides, the park's perimeter is lined with a 22-kilometre path called the Seawall. The arresting views of the water from this path make it a popular spot for joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers, and walkers. Two to three hours make for a leisurely stroll along this path, while cycling would take about an hour.

For a fun way of exploring the park, take a one-hour horse-drawn carriage tour, (running from mid-March to late Oct), or take the miniature train through the forest (closed January and February).

The park has enough on offer to fill an entire day and more, being home to spectacular gardens, pitch-and-putt golf, Canada's largest aquarium, the renowned totem pole display at Brockton Point, and plenty of beaches and open spaces perfect for a nap, a picnic, or to delve into a good book. Take a dip at one of the beaches or check out the heated outdoor pool at Second Beach with stunning views of English Bay that’s usually open from late May until early September.

Located in Vancouver's West End neighbourhood, there are multiple entrances to the park which are easily accessible on foot, bicycle, public transport or car. If you’re driving, you can park can buy a daily parking pass valid for moving and parking at any car park within Stanley Park during operating hours.


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Lodging Near Stanley Park

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Fairmont Waterfront

Fairmont Waterfront

900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC
    4.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

    Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Vancouver False Creek Seawall, Vancouver Waterfront and Canada Place. Vancouver Convention Centre ...

    Fairmont WaterfrontAU$300

    Hotel Blu Vancouver

    Hotel Blu Vancouver

    177 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Vancouver Central Public Library and Rogers ...

      Hotel Blu VancouverAU$166

      The Burrard

      The Burrard

      1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach ...

        The BurrardAU$108

        Pan Pacific Vancouver

        Pan Pacific Vancouver

        999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
          4.5 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Canada Place and Vancouver Waterfront. Granville Street and Vancouver Convention Centre are also ...

          Pan Pacific VancouverAU$283

          Hyatt Regency Vancouver

          Hyatt Regency Vancouver

          655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
            4.5 out of 5.0
             
             
            5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

            Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery. Granville Street and English ...

            Hyatt Regency VancouverAU$153

            Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

            Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

            1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also ...

              Pinnacle Hotel HarbourfrontAU$157

              Wedgewood Hotel & Spa - Relais & Chateaux

              Wedgewood Hotel & Spa - Relais & Chateaux

              845 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps away from Robson Square and Vancouver Art Gallery. Robson Street and Granville Street are also within ...

                Wedgewood Hotel & Spa - Relais & ChateauxAU$267

                Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

                Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

                1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
                  3.5 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in West End, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street, Robson Street and Vancouver Art Gallery. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and ...

                  Century Plaza Hotel & SpaAU$158