What are the best parks in Vancouver?

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Carolyn B. Heller

Vancouver’s best urban green space is right downtown: the 400-hectare (990-acre) Stanley Park. A waterfront walking and cycling path circles the park perimeter (with great views of downtown and the North Shore mountains), and you can swim or sun at several beaches or in the oceanside Second Beach Pool. Other attractions are here, too, including the Vancouver Aquarium, and the First Nations totem poles at Brockton Point.

A visit to Pacific Spirit Regional Park, near the University of British Columbia campus on Vancouver’s west side, is an escape into a dense, green rainforest. The park has more than 73 kilometers (45 miles) of trails for hiking, and many are open to mountain bikers as well.

Lynn Canyon Park, on Vancouver’s North Shore, has great hiking trails, several waterfalls, and popular swimming holes, but most people visit to test their nerves as they cross the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. Admission to the park and bridge is free.

Maria Tallarico

Vancouver boasts plenty of lush green space and on any given day (yes, even the rainy ones) you’ll see bikers, walkers and joggers enjoying a walk in the park. Stanley Park is Vancouver’s most iconic park. With 400-hectares to explore (including trails and a panoramic seawall), along with a red trolley for sightseeing, lawn bowling, playgrounds, beach access, tennis courts, restaurants and even totem poles, this is a must-see spot for visitors (and a favorite of locals). There’s truly too many parks to name (including some just outside of Vancouver like Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, Queen’s Park in New Westminster and Crescent Park in Surrey. But in Vancouver, waterfront parks are abundant, including David Lam in Yaletown, which has plenty of grassy picnic space and lovely views, Coal Harbour Park with a pretty waterfront walking path and Vanier Park which sits at the end of English Bay and boasts of view of – what else? – another park. Stanley Park, of course.

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