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Biking in Stanley Park and Downtown Vancouver

Biking around Stanley Park Vancouver

 
Biking the Seawall in Stanley Park (Map)

Biking the Seawall is one of the best ways to see as much of Vancouver's Stanley Park, the Beaches and English Bay as you can in one afternoon. Biking the seawall is a favourite thing to do by locals and visitors alike.

It is a well-paved, 9 km (5.4 miles) route that has little elevation change and follows the coast line from downtown all the way to Kitsilano and Spanish Banks.

Cyclists have access to paths that parallel the roadways and at certain points they share the Seawall with pedestrians.

 
 

Bike Rentals at Stanley Park

Unless you've brought your own, you'll need to rent bikes and there are numerous rental shops on Denman between Robson and Georgia. It costs anywhere from $6 and hour to about $30 to rent a top-of-the-line bike for the day, and this includes a lock and helmet.

Bayshore Rentals
745 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
Tel (1) 604.688.2453
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Stanley Park Cycle
768 Denman Street
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Phone: 604-688-0087
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Biking the Seawall around Stanley Park
The best place to start the bike tour on the Seawall is around the intersection of Denman and Georgia streets. Parking in the area is scarce, so take a taxi or you can walk there in about 20 mins from most hotels in downtown Vancouver.

Getting Started from the Bike Rentals:
Follow Alberni St. west from Denman and follow the path that heads under the bridge. Presto - you are on the Seawall and ready for your day of fun (and exercise)

First Up: Stanley Park
The first leg of the journey is the 8.8km loop around Stanley Park. Flat, well paved and filled with wonderful vistas of the North Shore Mountains, the downtown skyline and more, it is a stunning start to your day.

You could spend the day just seeing what Stanley park has to offer don't be afraid to leave the seawall, and explore the Park, finding the seawall again is really easy just look for the mountains and head there.

points of interest along the way
- 9 o'clock gun. (canon actually)
- Brockton Point and the Lighthouse
- Lumbermen's Arch ( kids spray park and concession stand)
- Aquarium, and miniature train
- Lion's Gate Bridge
- Siwash Rock
- Third Beach and second beach (stop for a dip or an ice cream)

 
Keep Peddling you're heading to English Bay
As you leave Stanley Park, you will bike along a section of the Seawall that surrounds English Bay. Home to some of the most stunning sunsets in the city, this tree-lined section is simply stunning. If you have had enough riding this is the spot where you would have completed your loop of the park and would head north along Denman back to the Bike rental.

If you choose to carry on:

Denman and Davie offer many restaurants with fantastic patios, and the perfect spot for lunch.
- Sunset & English Bay Beaches (wonderful urban beaches)
- Views across the inlet to Kitsilano and Vanier Park.
- Burrard Bridge (large, gothic span across False Creek)
 
Halfway there and on your way to Yaletown
Once a hap dash collection of wharves and warehouses, Yaletown is now a booming area of hi-tech companies, glittering high rises and great shops and boutiques. This section of the Seawall is also one of the most ornate, with wonderful architecture and waterfront vistas.

Check Out:
- Urban Fare an upscale food market and grocery store
- BC Place Stadium the domed stadium home to CFL's BC Lions
- Science World  looks like a giant metallic golf ball
one of the coolest attractions in the city. Science World features permanent exhibits and traveling attractions that will entertain and educate the young.
 
Continue on your heading to Granville Island
Continue down the Seawall, under Cambie St. Bridge and past the charming condos around False Creek. Soon you will enter bustling and world-famous Granville Island. Home to numerous art galleries, shops, restaurants and the fabulous Public Market, it is one of the city's most popular attractions.

Ready to head home?
You'll probably be just about done with your bike at this point.

Hop on the AquaBus and cruise back to False Creek luckily, you can take the AquaBus across False Creek (bikes welcome!) and get let off back on the Seawall only minutes from the rental shops.

The more motivated can take the Seawall all the way back around Stanley Park, while the rest of us would be better served to follow
the Seawall to the entrance of Stanley Park, and then turn right down Stanley Park Drive.

Follow this cute little road until it hits Lagoon Dr., then turn right down Robson until it hits Denman. That's right, you are done. Time to get off the bike and stretch!

 
Hotels near Stanley Park
The Sylvia Hotel 
Historic Hotel across the Street from English Bay and Stanley Park
Loden Hotel Vancouver
Guest have free use of their bikes
Best Western Sands Hotel
at the corner of Denman and Davie Street over looking English Bay and the Park
Coast Plaza Hotel
High rise Hotel on Denman Street two blocks from the Park.
Sandman Suites On Davie
All Suite Hotel, a short walk from English Bay and the Park
Blue Horizon Hotel
High rise Hotel on Robson within easy walking distance.
Century Plaza Hotel and Spa
All suite Hotel with SPA and Comedy Club
Empire Landmark Hotel
This hotel is located on Robson with great views of the Park
Listel Hotel Vancouver 
Boutique Hotel on Robson only a few blocks away from the Park.
Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel
On West Hastings with great views from your Hotel window
Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver
on the waterfront over looking Stanley Park and Burrard Inlet
Westin Bayshore Hotel 
Resort Hotel right at Stanley Park's entrance with its own park like setting
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel Vancouver
New Hotel a few blocks from the entrance to Stanley Park
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel Downtown Vancouver
New Hotel located at Coal Harbour
Times Square Suites Hotel Vancouver
Vancouver Suite Hotel near Stanley Park
Rosellen Suite in Vancouver
All Suite Hotel blocks from Stanley Park in Vancouver
Getting around Stanley Park
 
Dining in Stanley Park
Stanley’s Park Bar + Grill
Sequoia Grill
Prospect Point Cafe
Fish House
Stanley Park Pavilion
 
Stanley Park Attractions
Theatre under the Stars
Bard on the Beach
Bright Nights
Vancouver Aquarium
English Bay
Second Beach
Third Beach
Water Park
Stanley Park
Miniature Train
Pitch and Putt
Sunset Beach
Polar Bear Swim
Bike Route Map around Stanley Park