Opened in 1888, Stanley Park is known as the ‘crown jewel’ of Vancouver. Situated in the Westend, Stanley Park is the largest city-owned park in Canada and boasts an estimated eight million visitors each year. It is 405 hectares big, and is surrounded by an 8.8 kilometer seawall, which is used by cyclists, inline skaters, and pedestrians every day. Stanley Park contains over 200 km of trails and roads throughout its largely forested landscape. There are numerous attractions and monuments in the park, accessible by foot, bicycle, and automobile. A two-lane roadway has been carved into the majority of the perimeter, allowing for a counter-clockwise scene drive of the park.
Numerous landmarks can be found in Stanley Park, ranging from plaques, totem poles, memorials, statues, and sculptures. For a complete listing of the major monuments & statues, click here.
Completed after 60 years of work, in 1977 the seawall officially opened to the public, making it by far the most popular attraction of Stanley Park. Allowing visitors to traverse the perimeter of the park, only feet from the ocean provides a memorable experience for both tourists and locals alike. Whether its walking, jogging, rollerblading or cycling, the seawall is conducive to all these activities with labeled paths throughout most of the park.
Bright Lights in Stanley Park
For the past twenty years, the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund and the Vancouver Park Board have come together to create a night of lights and magic in Stanley Park’s Bright Nights. This event is a family-favourite, and includes a train ride through the forest decorated with Christmas lights and animated displays, all with Christmas music in the background.
Stanley Park also plays host to Canada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium. Sitting on over 9,000 square meters of land, and with close to 9.5 million litres of aquatic displays, the aquarium brings marine life to the heart of Stanley Park.
To get to Stanley Park, follow Georgia Street to the entrance of Stanley Park. Once inside, the roadway will enter a round-about, giving you the choice of which area to visit. A two-lane roadway travels around the majority of the park, with numerous parking lots along the way.
Pay-parking is in effect year round on all roadways and parking lots in Stanley Park. Winter rates are from October 1st to March 31, and Summer rates are from April 1st to September 30th. Parking rates are available on the parking meters, and tend to range from $1-2/hour and $4-6/day, depending on the season.
A free shuttle bus runs from mid-June to late September in Stanley Park. From 10 am to 6.30pm, these shuttles will take you on a scenic tour of the park, with clearly labeled stops all around the park.
Follow the directions below to get to Stanley Park from the highway. Keep in mind that during rush hour, traffic can add considerable time to your journey.
From Highway 1:
1. Head northwest on HWY-1 W/Trans Canada Hwy W
2. Take exit 26 for Hastings St/HWY-7A
3. Keep right at the fork to continue toward E Hastings St/HWY-7A
4. Turn left at E Hastings St/HWY-7A
5. Turn left at Burrard St
6. Turn right at W Pender St
7. Slight right at W Georgia St
8. Take the exit toward Stanley Park
9. You have arrived