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Vancouver’s Best Parks and Nature

Deep Cove in Fall

Where are Vancouver’s best parks and places for nature? The region has dozens of city, regional and provincial parks and beaches to choose from.

Vancouver Parks and Nature

Below are lists of the best parks and places for nature in the Lower Mainland (in alphabetical order).

Best Public City Parks

Some of the best city parks in the Lower Mainland are the following:

  • Ambleside – a picturesque park in West Vancouver with beaches, a walking path along the water and views of English Bay and Lions Gate Bridge.
  • Bear Creek Park – a popular park in Surrey with a miniature train for kids, an outdoor pool and attractive gardens with a duck pond.
  • Burnaby Mountain – a mountain with parkland overlooking the region.
  • Cates Park – a waterfront park with open grassy spaces, a large children’s play area, beaches and walking trails through the forest in North Vancouver.
Cates Park Waterfront in Snow
View of Burnaby Mountain from Cates Park
  • Central Park – a forested park in Burnaby that’s home to Swangard Stadium.
  • Deep Cove – a pretty oceanside village that’s home to Panorama Park and the Baden Powell Trail path to nearby Quarry Rock.
  • Deer Lake Park – a popular city park in Burnaby with walking trails around the lake. The park is also home to the Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby Art Gallery and Shadbolt Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • Jericho Beach – a beautiful beach but also a park with fields and walking trails too.
  • John Hendry Park – a great Vancouver park in the summer that’s home to the weekly Trout Lake Farmers Market on Saturdays.
  • Kitsilano – a popular park with a sandy beach, massive outdoor swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, a children’s play area and grassy fields.
  • Minoru Park – a pleasant city park in the heart of Richmond.
  • Mundy Park – a 178-hectare forested park with extensive trails in Coquitlam.
  • Queen Elizabeth Park – a beautiful park perched on the hill and home to the Bloedel Conservatory.
  • Queen’s Park – a large city park in New Westminster with forested walking trails, sports facilities and a large children’s play area.
Shoreline Trail in Port Moody
Shoreline Trail at Rocky Point Park
  • Rocky Point Park – an exceptional park on the waterfront in Port Moody with walking and cycling trails, a pier, outdoor pool and large children’s play area and water park.
  • Stanley Park – this is the absolute best and most famous city park in the region, and one of the finest in the world. It has beaches, nature trails, a massive outdoor pool, world-class views and a seawall for walking and cycling around.
    • Stanley Park Seawall – there are trails all through the park. The most famous walking and cycling route, however, is along the perimeter of the park. See our article about the Stanley Park Seawall for full details and a video about the famous Vancouver landmark/pathway.
  • Town Centre Park – an impressive park in Coquitlam with an outdoor stadium, skateboard park, children’s water park and Lafarge Lake.
  • Whyte Lake Park – a very non-urban park with a hiking trail at the northern edge of West Vancouver.
  • Whytecliff Park – a stunning place not far from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
People and Geese at Alice Lake
Alice Lake

Best Regional and Provincial Parks

If you are looking for nature, you’ll find lots of it in the following regional and provincial parks:

Entrance Bay Dock at Cultus Lake
Entrance Bay at Cultus Lake

Vancouver’s Best Beaches

Check out Vancouver’s top beaches including English Bay, Kitsilano, Crescent Beach, White Rock, Ambleside, Alouette Lake and others.

Alouette Lake Beach
Alouette Lake Beach

Best Places for Hikes

Check out Vancouver’s Best Hiking Trails for information on great hiking areas in the region.

Vancouver’s Top Gardens

The best gardens to visit in Metro Vancouver include the following:

Autumn at VanDusen Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Best Public Golf Courses

Check out Vancouver’s top golf courses for the list of the Lower Mainland’s best public golf courses.




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