Surprisingly, there are only 8 roads in Stanley Park despite the park's large size.
Basically, there is one main road, Stanley Park Drive, which goes around the perimeter of Stanley Park, one main highway, Stanley Park Causeway, that cuts through the park, and a few other roads (Pipeline Road, Avison Way, Lagoon Drive, North Lagoon Drive, Park Lane, Rose Garden Lane) within the park.
We will describe each road and what you need to know to get around Stanley Park by driving.
All Stanley Park Parking is paid, i.e. there is no free parking in Stanley Park.
There are many parking lots and street parking in Stanley Park.
The Stanley Park Causeway is used to access the Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park. It is open 24 hours/day normally. It may close periodically for accidents, police incidents, and sometimes at night for road and bridge repairs.
There is one exit from within Stanley Park Drive onto the Stanley Park Causeway to access the Lions Gate Bridge. It is closed from 3:30pm to 6:30pm weekdays. We don't recommend using this exit as it is difficult to merge into the Stanley Park Causeway traffic!
Stanley Park Drive is the main road in Stanley Park and goes around the perimeter of the park.
It is primarily one way and goes counter-clockwise completely around the perimeter, where possible, of Stanley Park. The exception is a short distance between Beach Avenue and North Lagoon Drive where Stanley Park Drive goes clockwise and is currently only 1 lane because of a temporary bicycle lane.
If you are going to Stanley Park by car for anything, you are likely to have to use Stanley Park Drive.
You enter Stanley Park Drive from the Georgia Street Entrance to Stanley Park OR from Beach Avenue in the West End.
You will see the Queen Victoria Memorial, Harry Jerome Statue, Brockton Point, Chehalis Cross Memorial, SS Empress of Japan Figurehead, Lumbermens' Arch, Variety Kids Water Park, Prospect Point, Hollow Tree, and Ceperley Park among other things!
2021-04-24: Part of Stanley Park Drive near Ceperley Park is still closed to vehicles due to the Covid pandemic.
The Stanley Park Causeway is a major commuter highways that runs directly through Stanley Park over the Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver.
It is very busy during rush hour times!
You get onto the Stanley Park Causeway northbound from Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver OR southbound from the Lions Gate Bridge.
This road does not pass any parking lots.
Pipeline Road is a road that goes right through the middle of Stanley Park.
It is mainly used to get to the Stanley Park Pavilion, Miniature Train, and Beaver Lake OR as a shortcut to/from the north side of the park instead of driving all the way around.
To get onto Pipeline Road take the Georgia Street entrance to Stanley Park OR turn off of Stanley Park Drive on the north side of the park.
Avison Way cuts across Stanley Park south to north near the Stanley Park Information Booth.
Lagoon Drive runs from the end of Robson Street in the West End along the edge of the park, then goes into the park and meets up with Stanley Park Drive just after passing the Stanley Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course.
Enter Lagoon drive from the end of Robson St or Barclay St in the West End or from Park Lane.
This road passes by the Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewery Parking Lot.
Attractions along this road are: Lagoon Drive Tennis Courts, Community Garden, Stanley Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course, Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewery, and Queen Elizabeth Oak Tree and plaque.
It is used mainly to get to exit the park into downtown Vancouver. It is also a good location to park to access many attractions and trails.
Enter North Lagoon Drive by turning off of Stanley Park Drive at Ceperley Park.
This road passes by no parking lots, but there is lots of street parking along most of it.
There are no attractions to see along North Lagoon Drive. It is just a road surrounded by forest on both sides. However, it is close to Ceperley Meadow and Lost Lagoon. Also, there are a number of Trails that enter the forested section of Stanley Park that have entrances near this road.
2023-06-10 Update: Due to the temporary bicycle lane taking up a lane of Stanley Park Drive along Ceperley Park, this is the main way to exit Stanley Park by car now. Unfortunately, it exits onto the busy Stanley Park Causeway!
Park Lane is a short one-way road that runs between Stanley Park Drive and Lagoon Drive.
It is used primarily to get to the Vancouver Parks Board Office Building or English Bay Tennis Courts.
2023-06-10 Update: There is talk of removing more of the temporary bicycle lane next to Ceperley Park forcing more traffic through Park Lane then onto Lagoon Drive, but this has not yet happened.
It is primarily used to get to the Stanley Park Pavilion.
Enter from Pipeline Road 300m north of the traffic circle near the Georgia Street entrance of Stanley Park.
Attractions along this road are: Rose Garden, Malkin Bowl, President Harding Memorial, Stanley Park Pavilion, Stanley's Bar and Grill, Rock Garden, Wishing Well, Air Force Garden of Rembrance, Stanley Park Junction