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Getting around Stanley Park in Vancouver BC

Getting Around Stanley Park

Getting Around Stanley Park

Driving Around Stanley Park

Going around the park by car is the method of choice if it is necessary to see the most with little time available. There is no free parking in the park during the day and overnight stays in campers or other vehicles are not allowed.

The main drive basically follows the circumference of the park and is one way for most of its length going in the direction from Coal Harbour counter clockwise to English Bay. The two exceptions are Pipeline Road from the Beaver Lake access to the Georgia Street entrance and a stretch of the main drive from Second Beach to the Beach Street entrance.

All other cut offs or shortcuts maintain the counter clockwise direction. Each attraction or activity area has its own parking.

The Stanley Park Causeway is not a method of getting about the park even though it does go through the park. It is a connector that allows traffic from downtown to access the Lions Gate Bridge and cross to North Vancouver and vice versa.


Biking in Stanley Park

At the entrance to the Park you find many places to rent a tandem bike or rollerblades.

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.


Walking Around Stanley Park

Wherever possible the best experience of the park is on foot. All areas are accessible. A leisurely walk around the seawall takes approximately 2 hours (10km). The whole park, including stops for meals, picnics and/or stepping into the water at the beaches, can be experienced in a day without being rushed.

The Seawall is 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)

At second beach you can leave the seawall and head back to your staring destination depending on how you arrived at the park.

You can also continue 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 walking this is the spot where you would have completed your loop of the park and ended up near Denman and Davie Street.


Roller Blading Stanley Park

If you decide to roller blade you can rent these at the same places you would rent bikes. depending on your skill level or endurance level hop on the seawall and stay on the side of the walkway that is designated for bikes and blades. You can take the same route as the bikers or cut through the park to see other attractions. staying on the seawall is a preferred route as there are no hills to navigate or climb.

Be sure to check out the Horse Drawn Tours

Dining in Stanley Park
Stanley Park Attractions

Hotels near Stanley Park

The Sylvia Hotel 
Historic Hotel across the Street from English Bay and Stanley Park
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
Loden Hotel Vancouver
Guest have free use of their bikes
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