There are so many activities and things to do in Stanley Park. Here, we will tell you about some of the most popular activities that you can do.
Some of the activities that you can do in Stanley Park are: walking, running, bicycling, eating and drinking, picnicing, golfing, swimming, tennis, hiking, lawn bowling, cricket, rugby, rowing, yachting, baseball/softball, rollerblading, horseshoes, fishing, giant checkers, basketball, skateboarding, ultimate frisbee, bird watching, and geocaching.
You can walk to many of the major Attractions within Stanley Park although some are quite a long walk or are uphill!
Running is one of the most popular activity done in Stanley Park. The most popular place for people to run is on the Stanley Park Seawall. If you are a runner, you need to run all the way around Stanley Park at least once in your lifetime!
During the year, there are many large run events that go through Stanley Park, such as the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Vancouver Sun Run, BMO St. Partick's Day 5K, BlueShore Financial Mother's Day Run, and Big Elf Run! Check out our Events Calendar for Race dates.
Bicycling is one of the most popular activities to do in Stanley Park. Most people bike on the Stanley Park Seawall. Many people are not aware that there are excellent Trails within Stanley Park for off-road bicycle riding as well.
You can get to all the attractions in Stanley Park by bicycle although some are a distance and uphill!
During the summer months there is a weekly evening group road ride.
There are a number of restaurants and concession stands in Stanley Park where you can eat and drink. There is everything from the very casual to very fine dining. In 2019, there will even be a brew pub!
Picnicing in Stanley Park is a common summer activity. Many people picnic at Ceperley Park and Brockton Point. There are a few picnic tables available on a first-come first-served basis. Additionally, there are reservable picnic areas in various areas of Stanley Park that you can reserve for a price.
The Stanley Park Pitch and Putt golf course is one of the most beautiful golf courses you will ever golf on!
This is a short holes (40-100 yards), all par 3 golf course!
Swimming is a popular summertime activity in Stanley Park. You can swim in the heated Second Beach Outdoor Swimming Pool or at one of the many Beaches in Stanley Park. Third Beach is the most popular beach to swim at in Stanley Park, however English Bay Beach just outside of Stanley Park is by far the busiest!
Every New Year's Day there is the largest Polar Bear Swim in the world at English Bay where thousands of people go swimming in the cold water!
There are 17 tennis courts in Stanley Park near the English Bay entrance. From April to September every year the 'Tennis in Stanley Park' group offers lessons, reserved courts, and organized play on 6 of these tennis courts. This is open to the public with no membership required. The other tennis courts are used on a first-come first-served basis all year round.
The Stanley Park Open Tennis Tournament takes place every July on the courts in Stanley Park. This is a long-running tournament that is very competitive!
Stanley Park has many kilometres of trails that you can hike within the park. Most of the trails are relatively flat, but there are a few that are steep!
It is amazing that the inside of Stanley Park is so natural that you would think you are far out in the wilderness, but in fact you are just minutes from busy downtown Vancouver! Also, you can see some of the tallest trees in the world in Stanley Park!
There are lawn bowling greens in Stanley Park. The Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club operates the greens and has a clubhouse. They welcome members of all ages and abilities. They offers lessons in May, and host regular daily drwas an devnts.
They offer moorage, club cruises, sailboat races, pub nights, outstations, reciprocal priviledges at other yacht clubs, social events, workshops, workout facilities, and member lounges among other things.
There are two baseball/softball diamonds in Stanley Park. One is at the Brockton Playing Fields and the other is at the Prospect Point Picnic Area. These are available for casual use on a first-come, first-serve basis unless they are reserved.
There is only one outdoor basketball court in Stanley Park. It is located at Ceperley Park. It is available for casual use on a first-come, first-served basis except when it is booked. It is usually booked Monday and Tuesday evenings in the summer for dancing.
Occasionally some people play ultimate frisbee on the Brockton Playing Fields.
Stanley Park is home to over 40 Geocaches and most Geocache types!