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Stanley Park Vancouver: Our Panda Pod Guide

Stanley Park, a verdant oasis located in the heart of the city, a number one destination for anyone who wants to visit Vancouver. This sprawling urban park, covering over 1,000 acres, is a testament to the city’s commitment to preserving nature amidst urban development.

This guide will provide you with an overview of Stanley Park, including popular activities, things to do, transportation options, maps, parking, dining options near the park, historical context, and many more.

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Things to Do

Park Seawall

The Seawall
Photo: Flickr / Jerry Meaden

Stanley Park is a hub of activity, offering a plethora of options for visitors of all ages and interests. The park’s extensive network of trails is a haven for walkers, joggers, and cyclists. The Stanley Park Seawall, a picturesque 8.8-kilometer path, offers stunning views of the city skyline, mountains, and the Pacific Ocean.

Beaver Lake & Rose Garden

Sunny Beaver Lake, Vancouver - Explored
Photo: Flickr / Winson Tang Photocreative

For nature enthusiasts, the park is home to a variety of wildlife and over half a million trees, some of which are hundreds of years old. The park’s Beaver Lake is a serene spot for birdwatching, while the Stanley Park Rose Garden boasts over 3,500 rose bushes.

Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium
Photo: Flickr/Canadian College of English

Families will enjoy the Vancouver Aquarium, home to over 70,000 creatures, you can take the park train services going to the Aquarium, the miniature railway also offers themed rides throughout the year. The park also features several playgrounds and picnic areas.

How to Get Around Stanley Park

Stanley Park is easily navigable on foot or by bicycle. Bike rentals are available at several locations around the park. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, horse-drawn tours offer a unique and relaxing way to see the park.

Public transportation, including buses and the SkyTrain, provide easy access to the park. The park also operates a shuttle service during the summer months, stopping at popular attractions throughout the park.


A detailed map of Stanley Park is available online and at various information kiosks throughout the park.

Map provided by the City of Vancouver website

The map highlights key attractions, trails, restrooms, and dining options. It also provides information on bike rental locations and shuttle stops. A digital version of this map can be downloaded from the City of Vancouver website.


Entry to Stanley Park is free, but some attractions, such as the Vancouver Aquarium and the Stanley Park Train, require tickets. Tickets can be purchased online or at the venue. It’s advisable to purchase tickets in advance, particularly during peak tourist season.

How to Get There

Stanley Park is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver. If you’re traveling by train, you can easily take Canada line starting at Richmond–Brighouse station, which is 7-minute walk from Panda Pod. The drop-off will be at Vancouver City Centre, and from the station you will need to take Bus 240 going to Lynn Valley at WB W Georgia St @ Granville St (Stop ID: 61031) which is near the station.

Public transportation options include several bus routes that stop near the park, as well as the SkyTrain, which stops at Burrard or Waterfront Station, a short walk from the park.


Stanley Park offers numerous parking lots throughout the park. Parking rates vary depending on the season and time of day. Pay parking is in effect from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, and payment can be made via cash, credit card, or mobile app.

Where to Eat

Stanley Park offers a variety of dining options to suit all tastes. The Teahouse Restaurant offers fine dining with stunning views of English Bay, while the Stanley Park Pavilion offers a more casual dining experience.

Photo by: Flickr / Peterson Photography

If you are looking for a beer and happy hour, the Stanley Park Brewing is located inside the park at Stanley Park drive serving tap beer and freshly prepared and locally-sourced menu items.

Photo by: Flickr / Dan Fairchild


Stanley Park, named after Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada in 1888, has a rich history. The park was originally home to indigenous peoples for thousands of years before European settlement. Today, the park’s totem poles at Brockton Point are a popular attraction and a testament to the park’s indigenous heritage.

All along the watchtower (c. 1914)
Photo by: Flickr / ©hristie by the River 💖

Over the years in Vancouver, Stanley Park has evolved into a beloved urban park, offering a blend of natural forest, manicured gardens, and recreational facilities. The park’s dedication to conservation and education is evident in its numerous nature programs and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Nearby Tourist Spots

Stanley Park’s central location makes it a great starting point for exploring other Vancouver attractions. Nearby, you’ll find Canada Place, the attraction is a testament to the city’s rich maritime history and its vibrant future.

Canada Place
Photo by: Flickr / jrmax_51

With its iconic white sails billowing against the backdrop of the coastal mountains, it’s a sight that captures Vancouver’s blend of cruise ship terminal and a hub for events.

From the pacific side of Stanley park, east side of the seawall is English Bay, the attraction boast it’s serene beaches and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a haven for both locals and tourists, offering a venue for events such as the Cerebration of Light fireworks.

Canada: Celebration of Light Vancouver 2015
Photo by: Flickr / Jerry Meaden

Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun, enjoy a leisurely stroll, or witness the spectacle fireworks display, English Bay is the place to be.

Why We Care?

Stanley Park is more than just a park; it’s a gateway to the diverse experiences that Vancouver has to offer. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply looking for a relaxing day out, Stanley Park has something for everyone.


Q: Is Stanley Park open year-round?

A: Yes, Stanley Park Vancouver is open 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk.

Q: Are dogs allowed in Stanley Park?

A: Yes, dogs are allowed in Stanley Park Vancouver but must be on a leash at all times. There are also designated off-leash areas in the park.

Q: Can I rent a bike in Stanley Park?

A: Yes, there are several bike rental shops located near the park.