Vancouver’s Parks & Recreation: Canada’s hottest city is a park-lover’s paradise.
In This Vancouver Article You Will Discover:
- The Best Parks in Vancouver, British Columbia
- How to Access Each Park
- What To Expect When You Arrive
No roundup of Vancouver-area parks would be complete without mentioning the crown jewel: Stanley Park. One of North America’s most stunning urban green spaces, Stanley Park offers 400 hectares of pristine parkland, including a 10-km seawall loop perfect for joggers, inline skaters, walkers and cyclists. Walk beneath the Lion’s Gate Bridge, admire the ocean views, watch the tankers and cruise ships pass by a stone’s throw away, marvel at the rock formations (especially famous Siwash Rock), see the illuminated Olympic Rings and generally pass the day away. Beyond walking tours, Stanley Park is home to the famous Vancouver Aquarium, Lost Lagoon (pictured above), dozens of sculptures and monuments, four restaurants and so much more. Simply put, if you visit Vancouver — you must visit Stanley Park. The park is located less than one kilometre west of Downtown, follow West Georgia Street towards Lion’s Gate Bridge.
Iona Beach, in Richmond, is so close to the Vancouver International Airport you can practically walk from your flight. But don’t – or you won’t have the energy left to explore the lengthy paths and walkways of this seaside park. Iona Beach offers beautiful sunset views and stargazing (as it’s away from the city lights) but the ultimate draw is the amazing four-kilometre long jetty that leads from the main parking lot out into the Strait of Georgia. This wonderful path allows one to watch planes land at the airport, enjoy the expansive ocean views and take in the beauty of the nearby UBC Endowment Grounds as you stroll along a manmade jetty that leads four kilometers into the sea from Iona Beach. To find this park, head north and west of Vancouver International Airport. Get onto Grant McConachie Way, follow Grant McConachie Way westward to Templeton Street and then turn north onto Templeton Street. Follow Templeton Street as it turns west and becomes Ferguson Road. Follow Ferguson Road westward to the end; it goes directly to Iona Beach Regional Park.
Crescent Park, in Surrey, is a nature-lover’s paradise. This secluded, forested park offers great bird watching — watch for the ducks and kingfishers — nature hikes (a nice 3.8-km walk takes you past a pond), towering trees, softball fields and more — and is located near the ocean and close to scenic White Rock. Park amenities include a softball diamond, soccer field, picnic tables, duck pond, shelters and an extensive walking trail system. To find the park, turn west off the King George Highway onto Crescent Road. From Crescent Road, either turn south on 132 Street and into the parking are near 26 Avenue, or proceed further west on Crescent Road and turn into the parking area just before 128 Street.
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