During the warmer summer months is when Vancouver parks and beaches are at their most beautiful. Yes, it’s true, Vancouver isn’t just cold year-round.
Particularly if you’re outdoorsy, exploring Vancouver’s many parks and beaches will make for a great way to unwind and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for a moment. You might even see a moose!
If you visit Vancouver in winter, the parks are still gorgeous for a stroll and the beaches are still lovely to look at. Perhaps don’t worry about packing your swimmers though.
By far Vancouver’s most popular inner-city park, Stanley Park has been designated a Natural Historic Site by the Canadian Government. With 400ha of land surrounded on almost every side by Vancouver Harbour, the park attracts thousands of visitors every year. Don’t miss your chance to take in its many gardens, trails, and historic landmarks including the famed Stanley Park Seawall.
Butchart Gardens, located on Vancouver Island north of Victoria, is a gorgeous botanic garden that is open to the public year-round. Filled with gardens to explore, trails to walk and plenty of shopping and dining to sample, the Butchart Gardens are the perfect place to spend an afternoon no matter what time of year you’re visiting.
A short walk from Davie Village, Sunset Beach is a popular swimming and surf destination during the warmer months from May through to September. When the colder weather rolls in, the attached Sunset Beach Park remains a picturesque spot to spend a relaxing afternoon. This is a great spot for winding down after shopping in Davie Village all morning.
Kitsilano Beach and the adjoining Kitsilano Beach Park lie almost directly across False Creek from Sunset Beach. The park offers many of the same attractions and services as its northern twin, including walking trails and plenty of areas for barbecues and gatherings. If you’re staying in Kits or Granville, this will be the beach for you.
Some of the very best hiking Vancouver has to offer can be enjoyed in the Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Doubly entertaining for those who prefer to go their own way, the park recommends that visitors grab a map, pick whichever trail looks good, and head off to explore. Located towards the south of the city in West Point Grey, the park is open all year long.