There are many places to picnic in Stanley Park. There are some areas with shelters and cooking facilities that can be reserved. We will describe some of the most popular locations to picnic in Stanley Park.
Note: If you have a group of more than 50 people you will need a permit from the city.
The most popular place to have a picnic in Stanley Park is probably Second Beach/Ceperley Park. There is a reservable picnic shelter with cooking facilities just above Ceperley field and the Air India Memorial. Most people just picnic on Ceperley field. There are only a few picnic tables and a water fountain here so you need to bring everything you need. There is a concession stand and washrooms next to the Second Beach Outdoor swimming pool.
The Prospect Point Picnic area is a large field, with a baseball diamond and facilities, that can be reserved for picnics.
The Lumbermens' Arch Picnic Area is a large field that can be used for family picnics. There are some picnic tables. This area isn't reservable so if there is a large event in the field, you may be out of luck. for picnics.
Many people picnic at Brockton Point. The most common area is on the Brockton Playing Fields closer to the Totem Poles where there are no sports happening. There are no cooking facilites at this area.
There are 2 picnic shelters and cooking facilities that are reservable next to the Miniature Train area and children's playground.
Next to the Hollow Tree is a field with lots of large trees that can be used for picnics. This would be the spot to picnic if you want a quiet picnic. The downside to this area is that it isn't very accessible, you will probably need to drive in, there isn't much parking, and there are no cooking facilities.
To reserve a picnic area in Stanley Park you need to go to the City of Vancouver web page: Picnics in Vancouver's Parks. The city starts taking reservations for the 2018 season starting on February 5, 2018 at 11am.
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