Trout Lake & John Hendry Park

Beach at Trout Lake Vancouver
••• Beach at Trout Lake. Photo by Dana Lynch

Trout Lake & John Hendry Park Overview

A neighbourhood park with a decided family bent, 27-hectare John Hendry Park is one of the most popular outdoor spots in East Van.

Situated just south of the bustling shops and restaurants of Commercial Drive, the park boasts gorgeous mountain views, the tranquil Trout Lake--with its miniature beach--jogging trails, a well-used off-leash dog area, and practically every kind of sports amenity imaginable.

On sunny days--or any day that isn't raining--you'll find loads of young families at the park, taking advantage of the smooth dirt trails that circle Trout Lake (perfect for jogging and pushing strollers) and the two playgrounds (complete with baby-swings), as well as a large number of dog-lovers out to treat their pets to a good run and swim.

The park is famous in Vancouver for playing host to the annual Illuminares Lantern Procession, when hundreds of glowing paper lanterns are set free in Trout Lake, and as the location for the climax of the Halloween-season Parade of Lost Souls.

Getting to Trout Lake & John Hendry Park

The main entrance to the park is located at 3300 Victoria Drive and E 15th Avenue. There's a large, free parking lot at that entrance, making it easy for drivers.

You can avoid driving by biking, taking the bus or using SkyTrain; the park is just a short walk from the Broadway Station SkyTrain at E Broadway and Commercial Drive.

Map to Trout Lake & John Hendry Park

John Hendry Park History

The park was once the site of Vancouver's first lumber mill, co-owned by lumber industrialist John Hendry. In 1926, Hendry's daughter donated the land to the Vancouver Park Board on the condition that the new park would be named after her father.

Despite the stipulation that it not be called Trout Lake Park--it definitely isn't called that by the Park Board--locals still largely refer to the area as, simply, Trout Lake.

Trout Lake & John Hendry Park Features

  • Trout Lake Beach
  • Trout Lake Community Centre
  • Off-leash dog areas
  • Jogging trails
  • Field house
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis courts
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Playgrounds
  • Ice rink
  • Picnic sites
  • Rugby & soccer fields

 

Making the Most of Your Visit

A true neighbourhood park, most of the visitors to John Hendry and Trout Lake are regulars, locals who live nearby and routinely enjoy the park's many amenities.

For those coming from farther away, you'll get the most out of your visit in the warm summer months. Then, you can spend a Saturday shopping the small-but-friendly Trout Lake Farmers' Market (Saturdays only, May - October), enjoying crystal-clear mountain views, and letting the kids and dogs run free.