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Top 10 Things to Do in Stanley Park


Covering 1000 acres, Vancouver's Stanley Park is a downtown sanctuary that offers city dwellers and visitors a multitude of indoor and outdoor activities.

The following list covers some of the most popular things to do in Stanley Park and are all kid-friendly.

1. Ride the Seawall

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Rent a bike, including a bicycle built for two, or rollerblades and ride the park's 9km (5.5 mile) sea wall path.

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2. Children’s Farmyard.

Visit the goats, ponies and even a llama at the Children’s Farmyard.

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3. Play Golf

Enjoy a round of golf on the 18-hole pitch and putt course.

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4. Eat & Drink

Enjoy a meal at one of Stanley Park's restaurants: the Fish House in Stanley Park, the Sequoia Grill or the Prospect Point Café.

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5. Vancouver Aquarium

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Visit Canada'a largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium, which houses more than 70,000 animals in 116,000 sq. ft. of facility space. Opened daily, the aquarium charges an admission but profits go toward supporting its mission to conserve aquatic life. Free public parking is adjacent to the Aquarium. Translink Bus and Skytrain public transit operates year-round.

Photo of Clownfish Cove courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

7. Hike

Head into Stanley Park's interior and hike the paths that run through the park and feature fabulous flora and fauna.

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8. Take a Train Ride

Take a 15 minute ride through the towering cedars and Douglas fir on a miniature replica of Locomotive Engine #374, the first transcontinental passenger train to pull into Vancouver in 1886.

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9. Teach the Kids How to Drive

Take the kids for driving lessons at the park’s Traffic School! During July and August, children five to eight years old maneuver pedal cars around a course supervised by the Vancouver Police Department.

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10. Swim

Third Beach, Stanley Park
Cool off at the free children’s water park, or the heated fresh water pool at Second Beach (admission). In addition, two lifeguarded bathing beaches are open from Victoria Day (third Monday in May) through Labour Day.

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Photo courtesy See Stanley Park.

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