- Name: Stanley Park
- Location: Vancouver, Canada
- Type of attraction: Public park
- Opened: 1888
- Ticket price: Free
Stanley Park is a 405-hectare (1.001-acre) public park next to downtown Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada and is surrounded by the Burrard Inlet and English Bay waters.
The park has a long history, and is the city’s first places to discover when visiting Vancouver. The land was originally used for thousands of years by Indigenous people before British colonization, during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush in 1858.
The future park with its abundant resources would also be home to non-Indigenous settlers for many years following the colonization. The land was later transformed into the first park in Vancouver when the town was incorporated in 1886.
It was named after Lord Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, then appointed governor general. It was originally known as the Coal Peninsula, and was set aside to guard the entrance to Vancouver harbor for military fortifications. In 1886 the city council of Vancouver successfully sought a park lease that was granted for $1 per annum. Lord Stanley opened the Park in his name in September 1888.
The park has many attractions and it is a must when visiting Vancouver.
Top hotels near Stanley Park
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
A stay at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver places you in the heart of Vancouver, within a 15-minute walk of Canada Place and BC Place Stadium. This 5-star hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Stanley Park and 2.2 mi (3.5…
La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel
With a stay at La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Vancouver, within a 10-minute drive of Stanley Park and Canada Place. This 4.5-star hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Granville Island Public…
Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver offers easy access to luxury shopping, art facilities and trendy restaurants and bars with a full-service spa. Guests can enjoy views of downtown Vancouver. Each guest room is equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, Nespresso coffee…
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Tours and trips including Stanley Park
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Go on our 8-Day Vancouver, Victoria, and Canadian Rockies Tour and explore the wonder of Western Canada!
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Explore Western Canada in all its majesty with our 8-Day Vancouver and Canadian Rockies Package Tour that takes you to Banff, Jasper, Drumheller, and more!
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Our 11-Day West Canada Tour will take you from Vancouver to Hell’s Gate as you explore the sights and famous locations of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Canadian Rockies!
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Experience downtown Vancouver at leisure as a Hop-On, Hop-Off tour circles through a series of cultural districts, seaside points of interest, and Stanley Park.
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Interesting facts about Stanley Park
Here are some interesting facts about this amazing landmark:
- The park is larger than Central Park in New York City.
- Its history goes back 3,000 years.
- In 2014, it was proclaimed as the best park in the world!