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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.



The Lower Mainland is famous for its parks and places in nature, and autumn is a wonderful time to visit them. With the current coronavirus situation, and the importance of both fresh air and maintaining physical distancing, parks have become more popular than ever. Health authorities are advising people not to travel far though, and to get exercise close to home.

To learn more about places that closed due to COVID-19, see our article about Coronavirus-related Closures & Cancellations. For a list of venues that have resumed operations, check out Vancouver, COVID-19 and Open Places.


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.
  • Barnet Marine Park – a waterfront park at 8181 Barnet Road just off the Barnet Highway between Burnaby and Port Moody.
  • 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.
  • Cypress Falls Park – a park in West Vancouver with hiking trails and waterfalls in the forest.
  • Deep Cove – a pretty ocean-side 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.
  • Elgin Heritage Park – the park in South Surrey near Crescent Beach. It’s also home to historic Stewart Farm.
  • Inter River Park – a park on the North Shore with walking trails through the forest as well as soccer fields, a BMX bike park and off-leash dog areas.
  • 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.
  • Maplewood Flats – a conservation area run by the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia in North Vancouver.
  • 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 Near Squamish


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, White Pine Beach 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.


Best Places for Camping

For a list of the region’s best campgrounds see our article about Camping in and Around Vancouver.


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.


Other Information

Other articles that might be of interest include the following:




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