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Free Activities in Vancouver: Stanley Park!

Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of Vancouver. Being a city-owned park, entrance into Stanley Park is free.

Since 1888, Stanley Park has been attracting visitors for various reasons, though currently there are a couple things which really stand out and attract the 8 million visitors Stanley Park greets each year – the first is the Seawall; a 5.5 mile (8.8km) path spanning the perimeter of the park, and the second is the views! Stunning views all around the edge of the park are in abundance – the water, the mountains and the city, all make this a photographers dream!

We invite you to explore the 400-hectare natural West Coast rain-forest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park's famous Seawall.

Discover kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures. The park offers a wide range of unforgettable experiences for all ages and interests, including Canada’s largest Aquarium. The Vancouver Aquarium costs extra.

Art and history buffs will likely want to stop at Brockton Point to see the First Nation totem pole display. It's estimated that some of the original totem poles were carved in the late 1880s.

Consider visiting Stanley Park for one of the several big-name events it hosts throughout the year; such as Walk With the Dragon in July, Dance at Dusk (which takes place throughout the summer) and the Halloween Ghost Train in October. Along with restrooms and gift shops, there are several concession stands, food trucks and sit-down restaurants within the park. Stanley Park is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can meander for free; however, admission prices for specific attractions within the park vary.

Once inside you can visit the Lost Lagoon area. Near the main park entrance is this beautiful Lagoon. This was once part of Coal Harbour, but was split off from the rest of the harbor when a causeway was built in the 1920’s. Now you can enjoy watching a variety of birds as it’s become a wild-bird sanctuary, and has the picturesque Jubilee Fountain in its center. At the Lost Lagoon Nature House you find out more about the wildlife, not only here but in the rest of Stanley Park too.

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