Our Favorite Things To Do & Sights To See Around Stanley Park

Last Updated on September 5, 2015

Vancouver’s Stanley Park has been named best park in the world by TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Stanley Park even beat out New York’s Central Park and was the only Canadian park to make the Top 10 list.

Since we are from Vancouver and so very proud (and maybe a little biased), we thought we would share our favorite sights along Stanley Park, which attracts eight million visitors a year.

Our favorite part of Stanley Park is the massive 8.8 km seawall that stretches along the outer rim of Stanley Park. Taking a stroll along the seawall is always a must when visiting Vancouver. It gives you the opportunity to walk for miles around the whole city, experience amazing city,ocean, mountain and forest (over 27km of forest trails) views. It is one of the most enjoyable walks around Vancouver and it will awaken your mind.

Brockton Point Lighthouse was built in 1914.
Seawall view
Seawall view
Tons of Canada Geese came out to play.
Vancouver’s girl in a wet suit. She’s set about 30 feet out in the water, discouraging vandals. Unveiled on June 10, 1972, she represents Vancouver’s dependance on the sea.
Lions Gate bridge and traveling cruise
Lions Gate bridge
Seawall views
This bronze statue is of British Columbian runner Harry Jerome, the 100-meter run bronze medalist for Canada at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Seawall views
Seawall views
There are separate paths for people riding bikes, rollerblading, and those who are on foot.

Throughout your seawall journey, there are plenty of places to stop, take photos, relax, and get a bite to eat. There are playgrounds for the kids along the way and the second half of the path has a thriving beach scene.

Vancouver beaches are wonderful!
Marvel at the beautiful First Nations totem poles that tell the stories of the people who were first to live, work, and thrive on the shores of beautiful British Columbia.
The artists in Stanley Park are so incredibly talented.
There are great walking paths and plenty of open space for a picnic!
Ride the Stanley Park Miniature Train

The Stanley Park train is especially popular at Christmas when the light displays are set up. Otherwise, it is a great little train ride for the kids.

Also located in Stanley Park is the Vancouver Aquarium, the largest aquarium in Canada and one of the five largest in North America.


Have you been to Stanley Park? What did you think? Does Stanley Park deserve such recognition?