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Vancouver, BC, Canada V6G1Z
Stanley Park Description
Rolling expanses of grass, towering old-growth trees, and ocean-going cargo ships are the backdrop of Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. A tranquil oasis for nature lovers, families will also find plenty of fun here, including the Vancouver Aquarium, a Children's Farm, a Miniature Railway, even a kids' Traffic School with miniature traffic signs and stop lights. For spectacular photo opportunities (and a great ice cream break) go to Prospect Point, or tour the park on the free Stanley Park Shuttle.
Babies: Stanley Park is stroller friendly, and quiet spaces abound for napping and nursing.
School-Age Kids: Traffic school is fun for kids age 5 to 8 who are eager to get behind the wheel of their own car. On a rainy day, visit the aquarium instead.
Pre-Teens & Teens: High-energy teens will enjoy riding bikes throughout the park or along the seven-mile bike trail that follows the seawall. You can rent bikes at Spokes, Vancouver's largest bike rental shop.
- During summer, use the free Stanley Park Shuttle. It's a fun and easy way to explore, and it stops at 15 of the most popular attractions in the park.
- Get a map. At more than 1,000 acres, Stanley Park could keep a family entertained for days. Download a map from the Web site so you can plan what you'd like to see.
- Bring a picnic. Dining options within the park are limited and expensive.
- Traffic school is first-come, first served. Each session lasts 30 minutes. Weekends can be popular, so consider going on a weekday.
- Operating hours vary. Check the website for the operating hours of specific attractions in the park.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open daily.
Recommended Time: Full day