A City Parade

Stroll the Stanley Park Seawall

Stanley Park is world renowned for its stunning 11km-long seawall, the city’s most popular attraction, and free for anyone on legs, wheels or skates. The park is like jawbreaker candy – sweet on the outside, and plenty to chew on in the middle. Cut inside for a walk amongst tall Douglas Firs, along clear, safe pathways that quickly make you forget you’re in the heart of a major city.

Length of Trip : 4-5 Hours

Cost : Free!

Best time to go : Year round, but best in the warm summer months

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : Stanley Park has some outstanding restaurants on/near the Seawall. Here’s my favourites: Lift Carderos The Fish House The Prospect Point Café The Stanley Park Brewpub Cactus Club English Bay

Official Site : While it costs nothing to walk around, here’s some alternative ways to explore the Sea Wall. Horse Drawn Carriages Spokes Bicycle Rentals

Getting There : Drive, bike, walk, rollerblade from Georgia Street or English Bay, Vancouver

Note from Robin : The Vancouver Aquarium, located in Stanley Park, is world class. If you don’t want to pay the entry fee, head around the back for a free viewing platform of the beluga and sea lion tanks. Best beach in Stanley Park: 3rd Beach. Yes, that is cricket being played near the famous totem poles. Up the fun quotient: rent a tandem bike. But don’t make a rookie move by biking on the walking path, or vice versa (locals will be quick to point this out).

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