Corraled by the English Bay on one side and the Vancouver Harbour on the other, this stunning stretch of land was declared the city's first public park in 1886. Unlike most city parks, Stanley Park was not laid-out by a landscape architect, but instead, grew organically over the years. The rainforest forms the core of Stanley Park, with trees towering to a height of 76 meters (249 feet) and close to 100 years old, while the seawall hems the park's waterfront. Scattered throughout are monuments, landmarks and public art, as well as gardens with vivid floral displays and totem poles; a tapestry of varied habitats teeming with native wildlife that is held together by a network of trails. The park is also home to attractions like a miniature railway, the Malkin Bowl and the Vancouver Aquarium.
This beautiful provincial park called the Cypress Provincial Park is an amazing park surrounded by natural beauty. It offers activities like hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, tobogganing, snow tubing and so forth.
This popular beach is close to everything: cafes, bars, an indoor pool, the vibrant West End and all of downtown. Just blocks away from the daily grind of business, this sandy strip attracts sun-worshipers each sunny day. It is located along the Seawall, so take a picturesque stroll after enjoying the rays. Home of the January Polar Bear Swim and the popular Symphony of Fire fireworks display. Concession stands, changing rooms and showers are available.
This 5,668-hectare (14,005.9-acre) area of dense and gorgeous temperate rain forest lies right outside downtown's northern perimeter. Hike, bike, picnic, or tour this magnificent and accessible reserve for an entire day. Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is made up of thick forest, alpine meadows, river flood plains, a lake, and a dam; it's used for research, education, demonstration and as a water reserve. Take the kids on an educational walk, or grab a bottle of wine and some food and take your partner for a romantic nap in the woods.
The Everett Crowley Park is a great place for walking, cycling, bird-watching and walking your dog when in Vancouver. The huge old trees and the lush greenery will make you feel like you are in a green heaven. The spruce, cherry blossoms and weeping willows only form a part of the diverse plant life in the park. Birdwatchers will be interested to know that migrating birds as well as local species like black-capped chickadees and Steller's Jays can be spotted here. This park also has a separate area for dog walking.
Robert Burnaby Park is a local park that is named after founder of the city, Robert Burnaby. The park has a variety of facilities like tennis courts, swimming pools, and trails to name a few.
Charleson Park is a 2.89-hectare (7.14-acre) park nestled in the Fairview neighborhood and overlooking False Creek. Its northern end that touches the creek offers a panoramic view of the Downtown skyline. This park is frequented by adults and children alike for its greenery, pond, waterfall, trails and playgrounds. It also has a seawall, five tennis courts and a soccer ground. It houses a Dog Park where dogs can roam freely off-leash while their owners enjoy some moments of peace.
The Trout Lake Park, also known as the John Hendry Park is one of the most famous destinations of the city. The tranquility and recreational facilities available here make this park a great tourist destination. The Trout Lake Park is inclusive of a beach area and a wildlife habitat which transports visitors to a different world. The park is illuminated with glowing lights during the annual lantern festival, a sight that can be hardly missed.
Sunrise Park is Vancouver's public park that has a baseball field, community hall, a playground and so forth. For more details, check website.
Victoria park is one the many parks in North Vancouver. Vancouver is known for its verdant scenery thus one can imagine the parks. Pretty and elegant, filled with trees and brushes, Victoria Park is where you go when in need of a stroll or when just a simple "to be with yourself" feeling arises. Quiet and beautiful, the park definitely ceases your worries for awhile.