Stanley Park


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Stanley Park has been called the soul of the city and the envy of the world. At 400 hectares (1,000 acres) it's slightly bigger than New York's Central Park, making it the largest urban park in North America. Yet its greatest virtue is that it's almost an island, wrapped with a Seawall that offers nine kilometres (five miles) of spectacular waterfront views. At its heart are natural landscapes that belie the fact that almost all of the trees are second growth.

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Transport Bus 5, 6, 19, C21. Stanley Park Express Bus 604 681 5115 (May-Oct only), which picks up from Canada Place and downtown hotels, and drops off at the Tourist Information kiosk just inside the park. The free Stanley Park Shuttle bus service is wheelchair friendly and runs every 12-15mins (10am-6.30pm daily, mid June-mid Sept only). There are 15 hop-on, hop-off stops around the park (including one at the first car park), making it an ideal way to explore without having to do it all on foot. Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours (604 681 5115,, $25, $15-$23.50 reductions) offers one hour rides around the park on a 20-seat wagon, with some photo opportunity stops and guided commentary.