Second Beach in Vancouver


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Second Beach at Stanley Park

Second Beach is a quick stroll north from English Bay into Stanley Park.

Open from late May through Labour Day, this large outdoor pool located on the park's west side combines the best of two worlds - beach front swimming in a heated tank. The graduated depth makes this a perfect spot for young dabblers with a slide and other special features for the more adventurous. A special lengths area has been cordoned off for lap swimmers. The pool boasts one of Vancouver's best views.

Second Beach pool in Vancouver

Second Beach Swimming Pool in Vancouver

This beautiful, heated pool opens from Victoria Day (third Monday in May) through Labour Day and is supervised. An admission is charged. As well, Stanley Park offers two bathing beaches, at Second Beach and Third Beach which are lifeguarded from 11:30am until dusk through the official swimming season.

Second Beach History
located in Stanley Park at North Lagoon Drive
A favourite with Vancouver pioneers when in the 1880s this was the beach to go to for church social, family groups and of course, to cool off.

This was also the site of the city's first draw & fill pool; an outer concrete wall with huge locking gates, captured the water at high tide. After a few days the water was warmer and made for lovely swimming.

Second Beach

At the end of each week the pool gates were opened at low tide releasing the week's supply sort of water and making ready for the next high tide of clean, cool water.

In 1995 the old pool, which failed to meet new health standards, was replaced by a new, graduated depth, heated pool. It is a beautiful facility attracting length swimmers, casual dippers and children alike.

On the Stanley Park Seawall system
Oceanside heated Outdoor Pool
Stand-alone BBQs allowed (subject to restrictions) nearby at Ceperley Meadow
Picnic Shelter (reserve)
Lifeguarded Victoria Day (late May) to Labour Day (early September)
Pay Parking

Further along the seawall lies secluded Third Beach, which is due north of Stanley Park Drive. Locals tote grills and coolers to this spot, a popular place for summer evening barbecues and sunset watching.

Biking in Stanley Park
Getting around
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
Vancouver Marathon
Vancouver Sun Run
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
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