Stanley Park

Phone: (604) 257-8400
Tollfree: 1 (800) 123-4567
West Of Georgia Street
Vancouver BC

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Stanley Park is a mass of forest, streams, lakes, grassy areas and beaches taking up 1,000 acres encompassing the north west peninsula of Vancouver 's downtown. This is North America 's third largest urban park. SincStanley Park and the Seawalle all of Vancouver was once a temperate rain forest, this park stands as a landmark to what the entire city once was. It's a beautiful and tranquil park that is fantastic to visit at all times of the year.

Inside the park, there are a variety of treasures to be found. For instance, the Vancouver Aquarium is located here. There are a variety of beautiful and unique gardens in Stanley Park, including the formal Rose Garden and the Shakespeare Garden. The majority of horticultural areas can be found near the Georgia street entrance and are best viewed in spring and early summer.

The Lost Lagoon is located just off of Georgia and Robson street . It is a haven for various birds and other wildlife. You can often see ducks and swans enjoying the atmosphere as you walk around the lagoon. The Lost Lagoon Nature House is sits beside the lagoon and is operated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society, offering guided walking tours and natural history information.

Vancouver Aquarium
The Aquarium is great fun for anyone. They have several beluga whales, extremely cute sea otters, a sea lion, a dolphin, small sharks, an octopus, some really amazing fish and sea life from the BC coast, Pacific Canada, and the Tropics. There is also a giant fishes section and a fascinating Amazon rainforest zone that will have you sweating. In November 2006 the Aquarium opened a new 'green' building housing a new gallery with interactive exhibits, a children's play area, an environmental newsroom and theatre.

Between September and June, the Aquarium is open 9:30am - 5pm

In July and August, the Aquarium is open 9:30am - 7pm

Prices for Entry
Adult $19.95
Seniors/Youths/Students $14.95
Children (4-12) $11.95
Children 3 and under are free

Seawall
The gorgeous Sea Walk along the seawall also begins at the entrance to Stanley Park, allowing you to get a full ocean view, by walking along the perimetre of the park.

Theatre Under the Stars
During July and August, the Theatre Under the Stars takes place in the historic Malkin Bowl. Choral and orchestral concerts take place in the afternoon, and then at night, one of two musicals play for an outdoor audience.

For ticket information, contact Festival Box Office at 604-257-0366

Recreational activities
There is also a pitch and put golf course to enjoy, jungle gyms, and other recreational facilities, including a cricket pavilion, lawn bowling, tennis courts, and horse and carriage rides. There are several beaches along the south west side of the park, including Second Beach , which also boasts a heated fresh water pool. On the east side there is now a water park spray facility, which is usually supervised. The pools are usually only open from Victoria Day to Labour Day, however.

Childrens Farmyard
For those with families, Stanley Park also has a children's farmyard, which features ducks, iguanas, llamas, goats, rabbits, snakes, ponies, chicken, ducks, and pigs among others.

Miniature Railway
Right across from the farmyard is the miniature railway. This is an exact replica of Locomotive Engine #374, which pulled the first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in 1886. Now you can take a 15 minute ride through the Stanley Park wilderness. It's a beautiful ride, and a great reminder of the old growth trees that used to encompass the Lower Mainland. This ride is recommended for those of all ages.

During the month of October, the train is converted into a Halloween Ghost Train, this is an extremely popular attraction for locals every year. The Ghost Train boasts a new theme each year and is great fun for anyone who enjoys being scared and amazed.

Each December, the Vancouver Park Board and the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund get together to put on the Bright Nights in Stanley Park display. They create seasonal dioramas, a new adventure for the train and also light up the park with some beautiful light displays.

Eating out and dining in Stanley Park
There are also several places to eat in Stanley Park. There are various cafes serving quick snacks located around the busier areas of the park. Other restaurants include the Fish House Restaurant near the Beach Avenue entrance to the park, Sequoia Grill the Teahouse, the Pavilion Cafe and Prospect Point Cafe at the most northern tip of the park.

Opening Hours

Daily until 11pm

Admission and ticket info

Free entrance to Stanley Park.

Vancouver Aquarium Entry Prices
Adult $17.50
Seniors/Youths/Students $12.95
Children (4-12) $9.95
Children 3 and under are free

Directions / getting there

Public transit goes direct to the park.

Click here for a map of Stanley Park

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