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Stanley Park free

Stanley Park | Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Z4 | Official website
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  • Type: Parks and Gardens, Recreation
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 5.0 (5.0)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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This nearly 1,000-acre park on the tip of Vancouver's "thumb" (just north of the West End) is home to some of the city's favorite, most-visited attractions. In fact, you could easily spend more than a day here and still not see everything this urban oasis has to offer. If you want to experience the park the way the locals do, walk, cycle or jog around the nearly 14-mile-long Seawall that hugs Vancouver's waterfront. The path starts at the Vancouver Convention Centre and ends at popular Kitsilano Beach Park. If you're not up for the walk, you'll find several bike rental companies near the park. With your bike, you'll be able to explore the more than 17 miles of forest trails that are much less crowded than the rest of the park. Travelers recommend biking the South Creek Trail, which leads to the lily pad-covered Beaver Lake. If you're not up for all that exercise, you can ride a hop-on, hop-off trolley or a horse-drawn carriage. Both guided tours include informational narration.

Families with kids in tow will find plenty of family-friendly to-dos here as well, including an outdoor water park and a separate heated, outdoor pool. The park also boasts four playgrounds and a miniature train that snakes through more than a mile of forest. The Vancouver Aquarium is also nestled within the park, but costs extra. Art and history buffs will likely want to stop at Brockton Point to see the First Nation totem pole display (along the Seawall). It's estimated that some of the original totem poles were carved in the late 1880s.

Consider visiting Stanley Park for one of the several big-name events it hosts throughout the year; such as Walk With the Dragon in July, Dance at Dusk (which takes place throughout the summer) and the Halloween Ghost Train in October and November. When you find yourself getting hungry, enjoy a meal at one of the four restaurants found within the park. Stanley Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can meander for free; however, admission prices for specific attractions within the park vary. For more information, visit the Stanley Park website.

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