There are many attractions and points of interest in Stanley Park.
In addition to it's natural beauty there are both free and paid attractions in Stanley Park that are worth visiting.
Other free attractions are:
Some of these you can only view from the outside, e.g. HMCS Discovery Naval Reserve, or with tickets when events are on, e.g. Malkin Bowl.
No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park and it's attractions.
The First Nations Totem Poles in Stanley Park are the most visited attraction in the province of British Columbia and possibly all of Canada!
There are 9 beautiful carved totem poles that represent the aboriginal culture of British Columbia. These totem poles are presented in a beautiful natural setting at Brockton Point
The Totem Poles are a free attraction.
The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world and is a major attraction in Stanley Park.
It has many displays showcasing British Columbia's coast, Canada's arctic, penguins, tropical mammals, fish and frogs. The most recent exhibit is about it's research and animal rescue work. Also, it has a fabulous 4D theatre experience!
The Vancouver Aquarium is a paid attraction, i.e. you need to pay to enter.
There is a Miniature Train ride in Stanley Park.
The miniature train ride is a 15 minute ride through a beautiful wilderness area that includes a tunnel and a tressle!
Children and Adults can ride the train for a small fee.
2023 Update: Due to technical issues, the Summer train is not operating for 2023. It is hoped that the train will be operating for Halloween!
The train runs during Easter, spring, summer, Halloween, and Christmas/New Years times! For the Halloween train, there is a scary theme where nightly there are fabulous sets and actors dressed up according to a yearly theme, e.g. scary fairy tales! For the Christmas Train, there are millions of christmas lights set up in displays!
The Nine O'Clock Gun is another attraction that is unique to Vancouver.
It is an old cannon that fires nightly at 9pm. It has been doing this almost continuously since Vancouver became a city! Learn how it was once kidnapped!
The Lumbermens' Arch is one of the most unique attractions of Vancouver. It is a monument unlike any other monument in the world.
It is made up of a giant log raised in the air at one end paying homage to British Columbia's logging heritage!
It is free to view the Lumbermens Arch.
The Stanley Park Pavilion is a historic 1911 building that has a restaurant, wedding/banquet facilities, and offices for the Stanley Park Ecology Society. It has a beautiful garden in the front of it that is one of the best in Stanley Park. In the summer you can frequently see weddings taking place here!
There are 3 Welcome Gateways carved by Susan Point around the Totem Poles in Stanley Park. Most people go to see the First Nations Totem Poles, but overlook the beautiful First Nation Welcome Gateways. If you go visit the Totem Poles be sure to check out all 3 Welcome Gateways located around the area where the totem poles are.