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Parks and nature in Vancouver

Top parks

Park
“This is a rainforest in the middle of our city! Spend a few hours wandering the trails, checking out the beaches, or riding a bike around the seawall for epic views. For a more convenient spot, check out Pacific Spirit Park.”
  • 1092 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful grounds and gardens that are free to the public. Lots of space to recreate - have a picnic, play tennis, stroll the rose garden, frisbee golf, golf course, walk the trails and there is even a restaurant at the top with a gorgeous view of the city. ”
  • 310 locals recommend
Garden
“A very beautiful garden that I would recommend everyone to visit! Depending on the time of year they decorate the garden with Christmas lights and hosts lots of water shows for people to watch. ”
  • 103 locals recommend
Beach
“A great spot for sunset at any time of year. Public art sculptures, a bike path, and lots of city action all around. This is a classic Vancouver scene. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Garden
“Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a site of cultural heritage, learning, and reflection in Vancouver's historic Chinatown. Modeled after Ming Dynasty private scholar’s gardens, it is the first of its kind built outside of China. This neighbourhood gem has been named one of the world's "Top City Gardens" by National Geographic.”
  • 119 locals recommend
Park
“Offering a recreational space like no other, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park consist of 73 kilometers of walking trails, more than 50 kilometers of cycling ways, gorgeous beaches that offer a view of the inlet and lush greenery that is perfect for some nature therapy! Explore wooded pathways that twirl around waterfalls, trees that add magic to the trails and lookout points that will take your breath away. The park is also dog friendly and often you will find owners taking their dogs along for the hike.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Park
“Have a picnic while looking at the water. Peaceful and beautify. 🎾 tennis courts 🏀basketball courts And a play area”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“Just east of Stanley Park. Lots of great walkways and breathtaking views of the mountains and quay. If you are into oogling yachts here is where to do it. ”
  • 26 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“Popular, small park near Main st, bring a growler to fill at a close by brewery.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park with western views of downtown. Large playground, waterpark, amphitheater, bike polo....”
  • 29 locals recommend
Dog Run
“Urban park great for families. It has a covered outdoor playground for families to enjoy even when it rains. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Playground
“Offers refuge from the busy city with a wide range of facilities, including active recreation and scenic and serene areas.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Playground
“Excellent food scene minutes away on lower Lonsdale. From breweries, fine dinning and child friendly restaurants.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“It's got a picnic in the park feel with a doggy park. Very fun for kids and of all ages.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Playground
“There are lots of great parks in the neighbourhood. This is the nearest, with tennis courts, soccer field and a playground.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Playground
“Our neighborhood! Lots to explore along Main Street - funky shops and stores. Fabulous restaurants. And of course Queen Elizabeth Park! You could easily spent 2 days around here exploring! ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Beaches

Park
“This is a rainforest in the middle of our city! Spend a few hours wandering the trails, checking out the beaches, or riding a bike around the seawall for epic views. For a more convenient spot, check out Pacific Spirit Park.”
  • 1092 locals recommend
Beach
“Kits beach is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver especially in the warm summer months. Located at the north edge of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, the beach faces out on to English Bay. The beach is home to the longest swimming pool in Canada, the salt-water outdoor Kitsilano Pool. Open annually from May to September. Toward the northern edge of the beach is a playground and a number of beach volleyball court.”
  • 306 locals recommend
Beach
“amazing sunset all year round. grab a drink nearby and walk the seawall - I'm a helpless romantic, always running aroun with my camera trying to catch a good sunset there ”
  • 175 locals recommend
Beach
“A great spot for sunset at any time of year. Public art sculptures, a bike path, and lots of city action all around. This is a classic Vancouver scene. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Beach
“A short drive or 30 minute walk from the guest suite, Jericho beach and Locarno beach/Spanish Banks are perfect for a long walk, a relaxing day of swimming at the beach, or an evening picnic. Boasting beautiful views of the North Shore mountains (if the forest fire smoke holds off!), this is truly a must-see. If you catch low-tide, you can walk out on the sand for a kilometer! ”
  • 126 locals recommend
Beach
“This is the best beach in town. Lesser known, private with best view of sunset.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Beach
“Less crowded than English Bay and has a great outdoor pool if you don’t want to swim in the ocean.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Beach
“It is a beach with a big and lovely park. There is a swimming pool and cafes and restaurants.”
  • 49 locals recommend

Trails

Park
“This is a rainforest in the middle of our city! Spend a few hours wandering the trails, checking out the beaches, or riding a bike around the seawall for epic views. For a more convenient spot, check out Pacific Spirit Park.”
  • 1092 locals recommend
Waterfront
“If you want to do the quintessential Vancouver thing - grab your walking shoes, runners, bike and get out there.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Incredible park for walks, rent bikes or go for a job while seeing our beautiful city views ( mountains and oceans)”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“This is a more lowkey seawall. You can also wait for the ferry bus and take a ferry over to Granville Island!!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Trail
“Both the Stanley Park and West Vancouver Sea Walls are amazing places to take a stroll at waters edge and watch the myriad of people stills the wall. Enjoy fantastic views from the waters edge. Spot the odd seal, kayaker or stand up paddler. Great way to connect with the people who live in this community. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
  • 3 locals recommend
Trail
“An amazing running path to Southlands will take you through a hidden area of Vancouver. Stables and nurseries can be found throughout. Don't be surprised to see folks riding their horses through the streets. It's a sight to see. Be sure to make it as far as the end of Deering Island. At the end is an amazing and tranquil water view. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Astonishingly Beautiful City Park featuring old growth forests and spectacular city views - must see and explore”
  • 1 local recommends