Planning a trip to Vancouver?
Get tips on what to see and getting around the city.
Work up a sweat or pack a picnic and explore at your own pace at one of three destination parks.
Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of an urban landscape. Explore 400 hectares of natural West Coast rainforest.
Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.
Hastings Park is one of Vancouver's largest urban parks with a combination of recreational activities, nature, and entertainment venues.
- Italian and Japanese styled gardens
- Parkour, bike skills, track and field, and more
- Two skateparks
- Trails connected to city bike routes
- Hastings Racecourse External website, opens in new tab and the Pacific National Exhibition External website, opens in new tab
Rain or shine, Vancouver's gardens inspire and soothe with their beauty.
Important information There are admission fees to enter the featured gardens - check each garden's webpage for fees.
Bloedel Conservatory is an indoor tropical paradise in Queen Elizabeth Park.
- Three different climate zones
- 200+ free-flying exotic birds
- 500+ exotic plants and flowers
- Healing garden that engages all of your senses
- The Conservatory Gift Shop
VanDusen Botanical Garden is a 55-acre oasis. Explore an Elizabethan hedge maze and unwind in a serene setting. VanDusen has something for everyone to enjoy.
- Sculptures featuring artists like Bill Reid, David Marshall, and Sebastian
- Guided, group, and self-guided tours
- Cart tours for people with mobility issues
- Indoor visitor centre
- Casual dining and gift shop
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a tranquil garden in the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown. The stunning garden is an authentic representation of Ming Dynasty-era tradition.
- Winding paths, rocks, and lush plants
- Unique rock forms, lily-covered pond, and pagoda
- Beautiful vistas
- Next to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park
- Outer path (closest to the water): walkers and joggers
- Inside path: cyclists and inline skaters
Follow the signs to make sure you use the Seawall safely.
Vancouver's Seawall is the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path. It extends from the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish Banks Park.
TransLink provides public transit in the Metro Vancouver area.
Public transit offers a range of options, making it easy to get around without a car during your visit.
- West Coast Express
And combining any of these with cycling is easy!
Our calendar features events that the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board produce, sponsor, and support with grants or contributions.