Spending a Day at Stanley Park | A Local Feel to Vancouver, BC

There’s a reason why Stanley Park is one of the top tourist attractions in Vancouver – it’s absolutely beautiful. But even though this park attracts a lot of tourists, locals love it just as much. Paved trails run along the seawall offering magnificent views of the water, while inner trails go through the lush forest. Whether you’re looking to explore the park like a local by putting on some running shoes and going for a jog or just taking in the local attractions, Stanley Park is a great place to go for a day of fun and adventure.

Get Some Exercise

Stanley Park is a splendid place to burn off some calories while getting out in nature and enjoying some of the best views in the city. To keep things simple, you can walk around the park, filling in hours of tranquility and nature. To work up a sweat, do what the locals do and jog.

Another option is renting a bike, which can be done at various rental shops such as Stanley Park Cycle and Bayshore Bike Rentals. You can even buy a secondhand bike at Our Community Bikes or City By Cycle. Later, you can sell it or give it away. One of the most popular trails in the park is the Seawall, a paved trail that wraps its way through Stanley Park and along the sea, offering unparalleled views of the majestic scenery surrounding the area.

Vancouver Aquarium

The most popular attraction in the area is the Vancouver Aquarium, which is home to more than 70,000 creatures including beluga whales, penguins, anacondas, turtles, and reptiles. Make your visit to Stanley Park an educational one by learning about the marine life in the area through the many exhibits and entertaining encounters.

Beautiful Gardens

Gardens bloom year-round in Stanley Park, making them a great place to take a break during your day at the park.  There are a number of gardens to visit, including the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden, which is known for its hybrid rhododendron and azalea plants that bloom from March until late June. Then there’s the Rose Garden, which has over 3,500 rose bushes flowering from March until May.

Nearby Shakespeare Garden features trees that are mentioned in Shakespeare poems, which make it a great place for fans of the poet to come and relive some of his stories. Lastly, there’s the Stanley Park Rock Garden, which was actually the first public garden in Vancouver and uses boulders that were excavated for construction of the Stanley Park Pavilion.

Sandy Beaches

Located next to the sea, Stanley Park is an excellent place to find a great beach. If you’re looking for a swim, head to Second Beach, which also has a heated freshwater pool. Another popular swimming area is Third Beach, which offers a sandy beach and beautiful views of the sunset. There are many rocky beaches as well: Although these are not as good for swimming, they make a great location for finding starfish, shellfish, and other marine life.

Sights Worth Seeing

Stanley Park offers a number of sightseeing opportunities, such as the famous totem pole display located at Brockton Point. Some of these beautiful indigenous artworks were carved in the 1800s. Another nearby sight worth visiting is the Brockton Point Lighthouse, known mainly for its views of the harbour and the Vancouver skyline.


This post was written in collaboration with the Hipmunk #CityLove project. As a paid writer, I have been writing about cheap hotels in Vancouver as well as the best things to do in Vancouver and other cities around the world.


  1. great ideas for spending the day at vancouver!!