StanleyParkVan.com - Everything you need to know about visiting Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada!
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. The most popular attraction in all British Columbia are the First Nations Totem Poles at Brockton Point which can be viewed for free!
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.
There are a number of popular paid entry attractions also, such as the Vancouver Aquarium and Miniature Train.
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.
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!
It is free to watch the Nine O'Clock gun fire! You can watch from Brockton Point or from the Coal Harbour Seawall.
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.
2020-07-16: The Nature House has re-opened for July and August.
The Stanley Park Nature House has nature related exhibits and information about Stanley Park. It is operated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
Malkin Bowl is a outdoor covered stage that hosts musicals(Theatre Under the Stars) and concerts during the late spring and summer. It is a beautiful outdoor venue to see a show!
Siwash Rock is a large rock structure on the west side of Stanley Park that has been separated from Stanley Park by millions of years of wave action by the ocean. Miraculously, a tree grows out of the top of it!
The SS Empress of Japan Figurehead is a colourful replica of the actual figurehead of the ship that conducted commerce between Vancouver and the Orient in the early days of Vancouver.
The Entrance Bridge is the original formal entrance to Stanley Park. When you go over the bridge you are greeted with open arms by the Lord Stanley statue!
The Jubilee Fountain is a beautiful fountain in Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park. It is frequently lit up at night and is a beautiful water feature!
The Prospect Point Lighthouse is one of the two lighthouses in Stanley Park. It is located at the spot where a famous ship wrecked (and still resides)!
The Brockton Point Lighthouse is one of the two lighthouses in Stanley Park. It has great views of the north shore of Vancouver and Burrard Inlet.
The Lions Gate Bridge is the first bridge built from Vancouver to North Vancouver. It was built by the Guiness family (yes, the beer family) to access land holdings in North and West Vancouver. The road to the bridge goes directly through the heart of Stanley Park!
A recent attraction to Stanley Park are some Boardwalks. These wooden boardwalks are used to protect sensitive habitat, but allow the public to enjoy it.
A recent attraction to Stanley Park is the Georgia Viaduct Lamp which is a restored historic lamp from the original Georgia Street viaduct in Vancouver.
The Cob House is a cool example of a green building.
The HMCS Discovery Naval Reserve is an active Canadian Navy Training Facility located on Deadman's Island in Stanley Park. It can only be viewed from outside.
The Vancouver Parks Board Office is located in Stanley Park. The office has a unique architecture and has beautiful grounds.
The Rose Cottage is an old cottage that used to be the house of Stanley Park's first park commissioner.
The Wishing Well is a little known attraction in Stanley Park. Make a wish and you may get lucky!
Salmon are an important fish species for British Columbia. This Salmon Display Pond is to help educate the public about salmon.
There used to be a zoo at Stanley Park. All that remains of the Zoo is the Polar Bear Compound minus the polar bears! See what it used to take to keep the polar bears from eating you!
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