Guide to Stanley Park, Vancouver

First Nations Totem poles, Stanley Park, Vancouver
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Covering 1000 acres, Stanley Park is more than 10% larger than Manhattan's Central Park. Stanley Park juts out into the water from downtown Vancouver; visitors can walk its 5.5 miles (8.9 km) seawall perimeter in about 2 hours or bike or blade it in a bit over an hour. The interior is host to incredible flora and fauna, water parks, and the popular Vancouver Aquarium. Stanley Park is everything a public park should be and more. Expect to spend the better part of the day there, especially if the weather is fine.

Hours

Stanley Park is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Hours for activities and attractions within the park vary by season.

Getting There

A series of cycle/rollerblader/pedestrian routes link the Stanley Park Vancouver peninsula to downtown, including between English Bay and Coal Harbour.

Spokes Bike Rental at the corner of Georgia and Denman, across the street from Stanley Park, is a convenient place to rent a bike, including kids' bikes, tandems, trailers, and trail-a-bikes. Rentals are from an hour to full day.

TransLink provides public transportation to Stanley Park.

By car, use the main entrance to the park at the west end of Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.

Getting Around the Park

The seawall perimeter allows visitors to walk, run, bike, and rollerblade around the park.

Cars are allowed within the park, with paid parking available at the entrance and at several other locations throughout.

An inexpensive shuttle bus runs regularly through Stanley Park.

Hotels Nearby

If you are looking to stay near Stanley Park, these are some good options:

  • The Westin Bayshore Vancouver
  • Lord Stanley Suites on the Park
  • Times Square Suites Hotel

Places to Eat

Four restaurants are in Stanley Park. Expect inflated prices; however, Prospect Point Café is surprisingly good with an excellent view overlooking the Lions Gate Bridge, the Burrard Inlet, and North Shore mountains.