Stanley Park Sightseeing Guide
Stanley Park is the breathtaking natural heart of Vancouver, and is one of the largest city parks in the world, spanning 405-hectare, with a thriving and robust natural ecosystem. That means that there is a ton to do and see in Stanley Park, more than you can fit in to a single day!
We've compiled some of the top sightseeing locations in Stanley Park to make your visit that much more pleasurable.
Directions From Coal Harbour
Getting to Stanley Park from Coal Harbour is as simple as can be. You can likely walk to entrance simply by heading north on W Georgia St, where you will hit the start of the park and Vancouver Seawall.
From there you can start exploring the beautiful, natural ecosystem and forest inside of Stanley Park. Simply start walking one of the many trails you find and you'll stumble across dozens of attractions along the way - the perfect way to spend a nice day outdoors!
Don't worry about getting lost either, since you can simply walk until you hit the Seawall around the park, and then walk back along that path!
Nine O'Clock GunSee on Google Maps →
One of the most fun attractions is also the closest to Stanley Park. The Nine O'Clock Gun is a cannon-like aparatus that sounds off at 9PM every night. Don't worry though, this cannon is not live, and no actual cannon ball comes out! It was built in 1890 to alert fisherman of the curfew time, and has been placed there every since.
Stanley Park Miniature TrainSee on Google Maps →
Fun for the whole family, the miniature train runs on a 2km loop winding through Stanley Park. Both adults and children are welcome, and it's a great way to see lots of the park especially if you're tired after a long day of sightseeing. Be sure to check out this attraction on holidays (especially Halloween) for a festive surprise!
Prospect PointSee on Google Maps →
The highest point in all of Stanley Park, Prospect Point offers breathtaking views of the Lions Gate Bridge, North Vancouver, the Burrard Inlet, and surrounding mountains. Bring your camera for this one, it's one of the most scenic and striking viewpoints in the entire city.
Siwash RockSee on Google Maps →
Divert on to the Seawall and you'll eventually come across Siwash Rock, a 50 foot high rock that will make you feel small in comparison. According to a First Nations legend this rock is a monument to a man who was turned to stone as a reward for his unselfishness.
Totem PolesSee on Google Maps →
Totem poles are an important and historic art form for the First Nations and native people of British Columbia's coast. In Stanley Park there are nine poles in total, each intricately carved in a distinct style. Fish, birds, and other creatures adorn these poles, which represent history for the clans who carved them.
Vancouver AquariumSee on Google Maps →
The Vancouver Aquarium is located directly inside of Stanley Park, and is easily accessible by a quick walk or drive through the park.
"A sanctuary in the heart of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise ® initiative, is home to thousands of incredible ocean species and amazing aquatic life. It’s also Ocean Wise headquarters, where our scientists, educators and conservation experts do their work, not only to protect our oceans but to inspire others to join us in our mission. Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and all the wonders within them."
Of course there is plenty more to see in the park, and the best thing you can do is to spend a day walking through the trails, and walking/biking on the Seawall which surrounds it. You'll stumble across bountiful natural habitats, more sights, restaurants, and so much more.