Stanley Park
Stanley Park
4.5
About
North America's third-largest park draws eight million visitors per year, many of whom may skate or walk past you on the Seawall, a scenic, 5.5-mile path running along the water on the park's perimeter. It's just one of many trails among the park's 1,000 acres, which also house an aquarium, nature center and other recreational facilities.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best?
This award is our highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travelers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.
Top ways to experience Stanley Park
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Stanley Park
Stanley Park is Vancouver's premier spot to get up close and personal with nature and animals. The grassy expanse offers outdoor teahouses and stunning views, beachfront hideaways and splash parks. It is a typical getaway spot for friends and families, especially as it is home to Vancouver's aquarium, and some of its best equestrian outlets.
Reach out directly
See what travelers are saying
  • vacationaholic
    Central Oregon, Oregon438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful park near downtown Vancouver
    Vancouver had a bit of a snow event prior to our visit, so a lot of Stanley Park was not conducive to walking in tennis shoes. We spent about an hour walking or driving around the park to see that sights. I would love to go back when the park did not have about 6" of snow. I just didn't bring the right shoes - otherwise I totally would have hiked around that place. Very nice views and a must see if you're in Vancouver. Pay to park - Ok to use credit card.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Cathy L
    Toronto, Canada183 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    Huge park and lots of things to do as family. Get the map from info centre, You can walk or rent a bike. We spent around 3 hours here. We had carriage horse ride that took us around the park for 1 hour.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 9, 2023
  • M.A.D Adventures
    Brisbane, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Definite Must Do
    A definite must do when visiting Vancouver. We explored Stanley Park on e-bikes. What a fantastic experience. Great pathways and beautiful gardens to explore. Highly recommend visiting Stanley Park on your visit to Vancouver.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2023
  • Veronika C
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big place to explore
    The park is beautiful and huge. We saw the Totem Poles with our organized tour and returned in a few days time to see more of the park. We walked along the sea wall (not the whole length), had a relaxing morning walk around the Beaver lake, and visited the Aquarium. Highly recommended, don’t forget your good walking shoes and a map. A place we intended to have lunch (Prospect Point Bar and Grill) was closed, so we ended up walking to the Pavilion, where we had a lovely meal.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Kelvin
    Dunedin, New Zealand574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ll set up for a walk or cycle…….
    We hired e-bikes for a day and spent a good deal of time in the park and travelling around it. It is an easy walk or ride and it is well set up for both cyclists and pedestrians. It is not just flora and fauna but information and artefacts reflecting the local indigenous communities. A very nice way to spend the best part of a day.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Russell3939
    Castle Rock, Colorado796 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the sea wall walk
    Walking along the sea wall was amazing. We walked the part underneath the bridge near the lighthouse and it did not disappoint. I would definitely recommend this section if you are short on time. A must see in Vancouver.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Steve R
    Tadworth, United Kingdom157 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Lovely walking trails and wildlife to be seen in a peaceful setting if you set aside the road running through it! The aquarium is well worth a visit and is actually good value. We took the bus there but it’s a pleasant, short and easy walk back to the harbour when you return
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • FarAway04361206184
    Mablethorpe, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Stanley Park
    Lovely Public Park in Vancouver, setting by the Harbour and lovely walks. We went there on a Canadian Public Holiday but found Parking which once paid can be used anywhere in the Park. Even so not over busy and after a long flight a good place to relax.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • John B
    Sutton-on-Sea, United Kingdom333 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Stanley Park
    Lovely place to chill out. We managed to go on a Public Holiday but parked OK and the fee includes parking any number of places within the Park. Lovely Setting with the famous Totem Poles and views of the Mountains and harbour. And an awesome gift shop too.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • MPP2703
    Caythorpe, United Kingdom1,767 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely park, great sea wall walk.
    If you are up to it do the 5/6 mile sea wall walk for some great views, but just to be out in the air. We did this by taking a bus (150) from downtown and then just followed the path. It can be a bit much if you are not up for long walks, although there are cafe's along the walk. But don't be a numpty like us and completely miss one of the reasons we did the walk and miss the totem poles. Whoops.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles29,242 reviews
Excellent
22,442
Very good
5,969
Average
711
Poor
69
Terrible
51

HighPriestessSusan
Olympia, WA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stanley Park is a beautiful area along the water with bike and walking paths. Even though it was a rainy winter day, many people were out riding, running and walking. Some of the amenities like the park train are closed in winter months, but there were no crowds and it was a peaceful respite in a large, busy city.
Written February 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LuizVale
Goiania, GO151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I lived in Vancouver for 6 months and I’ve probably been to Stanley Park 20 times! It’s huge, has tons of trails and spots to explore, it’s not too crowded (at least not during Summer), has a good (though expensive) café. The 9 O’Clock Gun, Totem Poles, Seawall, beaches, Beaver Lake and Lost Lagoon, are just some of the highlights of this place. I recommend taking a day to walk around the Seawall and another day to explore the inside of the park.
Written May 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

S F
Ucluelet, Canada780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
Vancouver’s Stanley Park, located just off the city’s busy downtown core, attracts some 8 million visitors a year, it is said.
That is a lot of people for the size of Vancouver & from reviews & commentators, most of those, both local & international, are impressed.
Why wouldn’t they be?
Vancouver’s first & largest urban park, is 1,000 acres; filled with first growth trees; surrounded by the ocean; offering great views — both internal & looking out over the inlet — with many iconic landmarks, kids activities, & the great restaurant, The Teahouse In Stanley Park.
It also has a wonderful mini railway, which delights all, not just kids.
I went there a few Xmas ago with my son & his family & some of their friends.
It was magical, with the train tooting its way though the awesome tall trees, some of them with dustings of snow.
When we immigrated here as a family in the late 80s, we often waked in it & around it on the seawall.
We lived close by & as immigrants still finding our feet, it was both wonderful & without financial cost.
We also cycled around it on the seawall, once with a British journalist friend on the west coast to do a documentary on the Exxon Valdese oil spill.
We stopped & picnicked, & looking out at the surrounding water, were keenly aware of how important it was to keep these shores free of oil spills.
It is said to be the third largest urban park in North America. No wonder it captures the imagination, & draws people to it by the million.
Posted by S Fuller.
Written December 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Neil T
Vancouver, Canada35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Stanley Park is a beautiful park with many ammenities for all to enjoy! The beautiful scenery & also the Horse drawn Carriages are so nice to see! The City of Vancouver had temporarily taken away a vehicle lane & all parking throughout the park & gave bicycles access to the vehicle lanes, cutting off access to seniors & people with dissabilities! This action hurt both the public & the businesses throughout the park because people couldn't get to the restaurants & also there was no place to park. We are happy to see the lane closures in the park re-opened & we finally were able to get to the Tea House restaurant at Fergusson Point. We would like to see the rest of Beach Ave. opened up so we don't have to detour all the way to Georgia Street & back to Davie in order to get to our home on Beach Ave. The cyclists have a very nice bicycle path on the sea wall to use! They shouldn't be taking away the Beach Ave. eastbound lane! These lanes were designed for licenced vehicle traffic...not uninsured bicycles. Let's improve our traffic flow & open our roadways back up! Remember...our park is meant for all to enjoy! Not just cyclists!
Written October 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Zan
London, Canada37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Walk or rent a bike. It is a huge park. Walking along the sea wall is a great experience. There are many small attractions within the park, if you want to cover all attractions in one day, you better brace yourself for walking, walking and walking! Check the park timings before going. I went in feb first week and it closes by 5 pm around this time.

Totem poles are one of the major attraction in the park. It is not far from the main entrance.

If you want to see the whole park you better start early morning.
Written February 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

H.W
Nottinghamshire, UK103 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is very tranquil and picture postcode. The issue is it’s full of angry people!

The upper class of Vancouver obviously use it for recreation and not the poor folk of down town( this is a shame as the mental health issue in this city are shocking). However they are very uptight and shout a lot! Yes shout! There is a cycle path and a walking path next to one another. If one element strays on to the other - then the shouting begins!

As this is a this is a tourist destination then “paths” are crossed and wow the tense people of Vancouver erupt.

So I’m not entirely sure this is a totally great place.
Written March 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3,142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
With the changing seasons and tides; and the multitude of attractions, I always come away with a new experience after visiting this one thousand acre "forest in the middle of a city".
This trip brought Spring flowers and wildlife, low tidal activity, and some little known historical spots. I concentrated (and I would suggest the first time visitor do the same) in the north-east corner. It had been a while since I had been here at low tide, and noticed younger people digging for clams and crabs. Also enjoyed following the peripatetic "Pookycake" who has unearthed a number of new attractions in this area,
So, something for everyone, but particularly the first-timer in Vancouver - the water and skyline views rival San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Sydney!
Written May 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

beegal
Iowa City, IA171 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We rented our bikes right by the Drop sculpture at EzeeRiders. In February there were plenty of bikes and we liked that they pro-rate your rental to the exact number of minutes used. Bikes were in good condition. Path in Stanley Park was easy but, I would imagine, very crowded in season. We were lucky that stopping to take photos was such a breeze.
Written February 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David Thomas D
Vancouver22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
As a 13 year resident of Vancouver, I returned to Stanley Park for a drive through after the COVID closing and was highly disappointed. The new traffic patterns are designed for bicycles only and automobiles are barely accommodated. We had planned a lunch at Prospect Point but the parking lot has been reserved for bicycle traffic and disabled parking has been eliminated. With my disability, I was unable to access the restaurant. The Teahouse, one of the primary attractions of Stanley Park has had the vast majority of its parking eliminated and will probably not survive.
Stanley Park was one of the reasons why Vancouver was a 3-star city. With these changes, a visit to the city is much less justified. What a shame.
Written July 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wes L
Vancouver, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Had never quite done the “round Stanley park sea wall, pass by English bay beach, Sunset beach park, Vancouver Aquarium, Granville island, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Kitsilano beach, Kitsilano outdoor pool (that use actual sea water), Jericho beach, Spanish banks, round UBC via Pacific Spirit park, with a detour to Wreck beach (aka the nudist beach), SW Marine drive, W 41st Ave, Granville st, back to Granville island, and back to Stanley park sea wall” until early September of 2019!
Wow, if you have 12 hours to spent, this is what you want to do. Not to mention what a great way to spend quality time with your spouse/partner. Along the way, you get to choose what you want to eat, from food truck to almost Michelin star restaurants (there isn’t any actual Michelin star restaurants in Vancouver, BC, can’t believe that) and anything in between, from ramen to raw oysters to sashimi to donair to pizza to fish n chips to pho, you name, Vancouver has it.
Of course, you can do with the traditional bicycle or the electric scooter (we did it with electric scooter, it is faster but more expensive)
Written January 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 24,213
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Stanley Park - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Stanley Park





Stanley Park Information

Excellent Reviews

22,442

Very Good Reviews

5,969

Stanley Park Photos

14,654