Canada Vancouver Vancouver Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Vancouver Walking, Biking & Rollerblading on Stanley Park's Seawall By Dana Lynch Dana Lynch Dana Lynch is a travel expert specializing in the Pacific Northwest who was a lead blogger for Tourism Vancouver and a writer for CNN's Insider Guide. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 01/09/20 Share Pin Email TripSavvy / Tanya Nikolic For most visitors to Vancouver, the number one item on their agenda--and the most famous landmark in the city--is Stanley Park. On the list of top things to do at Stanley Park, number one is biking (or running or walking) the Stanley Park Seawall. The paved pathway encircles the park and boasts incredible views of the city, the northern mountains, Lion's Gate Bridge, and the waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. There isn't a more famous place in Vancouver to bike, run, walk, or rollerblade than Stanley Park's Seawall. It's one of the most scenic bike trails in the city and one of the best running trails, too. Stretching 8.8km (5.5 miles), the Seawall loops around Stanley Park, running along the park's northern, western and southern coastlines. Fully-paved, the Seawall is an ideal pathway for walkers and bikers of all skill levels (it's also accessible for strollers and wheelchairs), and its route--with its breathtaking views--is undeniably scenic. Along the Stanley Park Seawall, you can find two of Vancouver's most-photographed (and most Instagrammed) landmarks: the picturesque Siwash Rock (a natural rock formation/outcropping, situated along the western side of the Seawall) and the aforementioned Lions Gate Bridge (you can get incredible views at Prospect Point). Bike & Rollerblade Rentals for Visitors to Vancouver While you can't rent rollerblades or bikes inside Stanley Park, you can rent them just outside, along Denman St. and on W Georgia St., at a variety of locations, including Bay Shore Bicycle & Rollerblade Skate Rentals. Nearby Attractions You can make a full day of your visit to Stanley Park, combining the Seawall with other Stanley Park attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium, the Stanley Park Totem Poles, and the Stanley Park Gardens. Walkers and hikers have another option at Stanley Park, too: There are over 27km of forest trails, winding through the park's dense foliage, offering a quiet, more secluded getaway. You can dine at one of the restaurants at Stanley Park (which includes restaurants inside the park). And, if you start your trip on the northern side, you can end at the gorgeous English Bay Beach, one of Vancouver's top beaches. Stanley Park Seawall History Originally conceived of as a way to hold back erosion, the Seawall took 60 years to complete, beginning in 1917, and only became a fully-paved, complete loop in 1980. Today, the Seawall is part of the seaside path system that also runs along the Downtown Vancouver waterfront, which means you can extend your walking or biking trip to include most of the Downtown core. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Great Hiking Trails in Vancouver, BC Top Things to Do in Downtown Vancouver, Canada Where to Find Vancouver's Most Instagrammed Landmarks Canada's Longest Pool: Kitsilano Pool in Vancouver, BC Top 10 Things to Do at Stanley Park in Vancouver Rock Creek Park: The Complete Guide The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Vancouver Best Things to Do in Vancouver This Spring Your Trip to Vancouver: The Complete Guide Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: The Complete Guide The 12 Best Bike Paths in California Sanjay Gandhi National Park: The Complete Guide 16 Things to Do in South Carolina Everything You Need to Know About English Bay Beach in Vancouver, BC Best Things to Do in Hermosa Beach, California Make Time for Romance in Vancouver B.C.