Stanley Park‘s Second Beach is a popular Vancouver beach, especially for young families, with its giant outdoor pool, children’s play areas and sandy beach.
SECOND BEACH AND COVID-19
Both Stanley Park and Second Beach are still open, despite the coronavirus pandemic. They never closed. The parking lots closed though and the roads around Stanley Park remained off limits to vehicle traffic for a number of weeks. Since June 22nd, however, cars are once again permitted, although only in one lane. The outdoor swimming pool was closed, but it is open as of July 13th for eight weeks. The concession stand has now also reopened again as of mid-July.
For the most up-to-date information about the status of Stanley Park and its facilities, see the City of Vancouver‘s website.
For information about attractions that have resumed operations, click Vancouver, COVID-19 and Open Places.
Vancouver’s Second Beach at Stanley Park
Second Beach is one of Metro Vancouver’s most popular beaches, especially for young families, and for good reason.
The beach itself is excellent, although not as large as some. One reason that Second Beach is so exceptional though is the fact that it’s adjacent to one of the Lower Mainland’s best outdoor swimming pools.
The pool at Second Beach is heated, open from May to September, has lifeguards and a small water slide, and costs only around $6 for adults or about $3 per person for families.
Second Beach is also located along the Stanley Park Seawall, making it a great place for a rest while out enjoying the views.
Families often park their bikes at Second Beach in the summer, go for a bike ride around Stanley Park, and then finish with a swim in the ocean or pool, or grab a snack at the concession.
And if the seawall, swimming pool and beach didn’t already make this a perfect destination for the family, Second Beach also has not one, but two great children’s play areas, plus a number of picnic tables for mealtimes and a large open field for sports and games.
With all it has to offer, it’s no wonder that Stanley Park’s Second Beach is one of the best places in Vancouver for families, children, swimming and just plain fun!
Special Events at Second Beach
In addition to its regular features like the beach, seawall and swimming pool, a couple of great special events also take place at Second Beach during the summer.
The main special event at Second Beach in July and August is the weekly Stanley Park Summer Cinema, which happens on Tuesday evenings. Thousands of people turn out to eat popcorn, hang out with their friends and then watch a free featured movie on a giant screen.
Second Beach can also be a good place to see the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks in late July and beginning of August.
Viewing the fireworks from Second Beach isn’t as close-up and impressive a viewing point as right in the heart of the action at the beach at English Bay further along, but it’s less crowded. Bring a chair to sit on, plus your picnic. Also, as of 2017, Second Beach is the host venue for the Celebration of Light’s pre-fireworks family friendly entertainment.
For information about other things to see and do at the park, see our article about Stanley Park.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Best Outdoor Swimming Pools
- Lower Mainland Parks and Nature
- Vancouver Summer Activities
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Lower Mainland Activities for Kids