Stanley Park is Vancouver’s largest area of green open space. Stanley Park is a 1000 acre forest of cedar flanked by beaches that extend north and west of downtown.
There are cycling, jogging and hiking trails that meander through the woods.
There are three park beaches within Stanley Park. These are Second Beach, Third Beach and English Bay Beach which are all very popular during the summer months.
From various points within Stanley Park there are wonderful views, notably views of downtown Vancouver, the North Shore and out to sea toward the islands.
Step aboard one of the horse drawn tours that take you through the park. A professional guide narrates the tour which highlights Deadman’s Island, Vancouver’s Harbour, Lions Gate Bridge, a coastal red cedar forest and includes stops at the totem poles.
The tour lasts an hour and departs from the Coal Harbour car park beside the information point on Park Drive, east of the rowing club.
From downtown Vancouver there is an express bus service to Stanley Park. This service is free of charge to Horse-Drawn Tour and Vancouver Acquarium Marine Centre customers who buy their tickets from the information booth at the horse-drawn tour departure location in Stanley Park.