The vast Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is larger than Central Park in New York. The entrance is from the city's downtown. Over 8 million visitors arrive every year, including local residents from the city and the surrounding area and many tourists, including you!
With an area of 40,000 square meters, this is the largest and most popular park in Vancouver, with its great lawns, hiking trails, beaches, sights, landscaped gardens and botanic views of Native American totem poles.
Stanley Park is also a great place for a family outing with the kids. It has playgrounds, picnic areas, a nice water park, a children's train and a petting zoo. The park also houses the municipal aquarium.
One of the pleasures of Stanley Park is to rent a bicycle and drive around it, or on its inner paths. On the "wall path" that surrounds it, you can enjoy cycling or rollerblading, about 10 kilometers or an hour and a half of riding.
Besides being one of the most famous urban parks in the world, Stanley Park is also a well-kept green lung, inviting exercise. Many come here for sport activities in nature. Apart from cycling, walking and other forms of movement, there are also various sports facilities, such as tennis courts, golf and bowling.
The 9 O'Clock Gun - The cannon that shoots every night at 9:00 pm. On his barrel you will see the emblems of King George III and Count Henry Pipps, the Ordnance Commander, from when he was stationed here.
Lost Lagoon - The Hidden Lagoon, which used to disappear at low tide of the day, but is now flooded. Watch here the swans, geese and ducks.
Totem Poles - the totem pole area of the original Native Americans of Canada, who are referred to in Canada as "the first settlers." In Indian culture, totems reflect symbols and legends.
Hallelujah Point - the place where the Salvation Army used to sing the "Hallelujah" and one the locals dubbed "Hallelujah Point."
Vancouver Aquarium - Vancouver Aquarium, located on the east side of the park.
Siwash Rock - a rock rising from the water
Prospect Point - view of the spectacular Lion's Gate Bridge
Rose Garden - a beautiful rose garden.
Apart from these, there are 3 beaches in the park:
Second Beach - The recommended beach
English Bay Beach.
Rent bikes for riding in the park - in the park or in one of the shops on nearby Denman Street.
The hour-long carriage takes 20-30 minutes from the kiosk near the entrance from Georgia Street.