This sprawling Vancouver park is well-known across the world for its iconic location in the downtown
peninsula: surrounded by water, full of woodsy trails and creatures, and blessed with views of the
mountains. Hang out under the Lion’s Gate Bridge or grab a few tandem bikes and do the entire
8.8-kilometer Sea Wall loop.
QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
4600 Cambie St
Perched on the highest point in Vancouver in the heart of the city, this botanical park gives everyone
access to its panoramic views of downtown and the North Shore mountains for free. Go at night to see the
twinkling lights of the ski slopes, but also go during the day to walk its paths and admire the flora.
The Bloedel Convservatory has exotic plants and birds from the tropics to check out, and there’s also an
on-site pitch-and-putt course.
HARBOUR GREEN PARK
1199 W Cordova St
Right along Coal Harbour lies a rolling lawn of green grass, tempting anyone looking to rest their legs
as they walk through downtown or stop for a snack before jumping on the Sea Wall with their bikes. A
long stretch of benches dots the path through the park, perfect for watching seaplanes and sailboats
pull up on the dock.
DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN
578 Carrall St
An oasis of tranquility, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was the first full-scale Chinese
garden built outside of China. There’s a free, public section or you can pay admission to see the entire
space—tours are included with your ticket fare as is complementary jasmine tea. Take in the jade-green
koi ponds and intricate Chinese pottery while keeping your eyes peeled for herons and turtles too.
GRANVILLE ISLAND WATER PARK
1318 Cartwright St
If you need the kids to burn off some steam, take them to the largest free water park on the continent.
Located on Granville Island, the water park lets littles run and squeal through spouts of water and
mock-rivers while adults can roll out a blanket and tan on the grass. With its bright yellow waterslide
and adjacent playground, this park is impossible to miss, and a great place to chill with the whole
family before doing some shopping at the public market or feeding the resident geese on the island.
A former railway corridor turned public path, Arbutus Greenway covers 8.5 kilometers (the width of Vancouver) right through the city. Bike, walk, or rollerblade your way through neighborhoods like Kerrisdale, West 4th and even Granville Island. It’s totally car-free, making it perfect for a run with furry friends; Reward them with a frolic at Kits Beach at the end of the path.
JOHN HENRY PARK (TROUT LAKE)
3300 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC
An East Vancouver park with all the year-round lake activities — fishing, swimming, ice skating — you could wish for. In the summer, the park also offers a farmers’ market, live outdoor concert series, and a sandy stretch of beach. Even the autumn days boast beautifully colored foliage, making for a crisp and gorgeous stroll.