Not far from Vancouver, Canada’s downtown is Stanley Park. With just over 1000-acres of gardens, trails, and beaches, its no wonder Stanley Park is one of the top tourist destinations in all of Vancouver. Since we always seek out green spaces to break up the hustle and bustle of the city, I knew that we had to spend some time at Stanley Park. Here are a few ways to keep the little ones entertained on your trip to this public park.
Stanley Park Miniature Train
I’ll be honest, the miniature train is the main reason I put Stanley Park on our itinerary. Ladybug and Buddy both love trains so we couldn’t go to Stanley Park without going on the 2-kilometer journey through the forest. To access the train, use the parking lot off of Pipeline Road. The train is right through the entrance gate off the parking lot. Tickets for adults are 6.80 CAD, children over three are 3.40 CAD. Children under two are free. Families of four have the option of a better deal of 13.60 CAD.
The train track is two-kilometers in length and includes a ride through the forest with animal models and signs pointing out the different types of trees and foliage in the area.
Variety Kids Water Park
On a hot summer’s day, little ones will love cooling off at the free Variety Kids water park. This splash pad is only open during the summer months from June 1- September 1st. You will find it near Lumberman’s Arch. When reading about the splash park, the pictures made it seem a lot nicer than it really is. It was actually rather run down and the ground was dirty. That didn’t seem to deter either of the kids and I still recommend it as a fun activity. However, I do advise bringing sandals or water shoes for the kids to wear instead of letting little ones run around with bare feet.
The totem poles were on my list of things I wanted to see at Stanley Park but, unfortunately, we ran out of time and had to skip them. These colorful wood carvings are located at Brockton Point on the eastern side of Stanley Park. As a Washington State native, I grew up learning about the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest in school and have always been fascinated with the beautiful artwork and history of totem poles. We will be sure to check them out if we ever make it back to Vancouver.
Take a Walk Through the Gardens
Whether you are into trees or flowers, you can admire a variety of plants in the gardens of Stanley Park. We spent the majority of our garden walk in the Rose Garden admiring the many different variety of roses on display. Stanley Park owns over 3500 different types of roses. However, if roses aren’t your thing, you can check out the Ted and Mary Grieg Rhododendron Garden or the Shakespeare Garden.
If your kids need time to get their wiggles out, Stanley Park has you covered. Not only are there large spaces to run around on and trails to explore, kids can climb, jump, and play on the four playgrounds scattered around the park.
Everything I’ve mentioned up to this point is completely free. However, just in case you’re looking to add something extra to your trip to Stanley Park, why not splurge on a trip to Vancouver Aquarium. One of the main focuses of the aquarium is marine conservation and education. General admission for adults is 39 CAD, 22 CAD for children 4-12. Children under four are free. Check the website for group rates and possible discounts.
These are just a few of the activities you can expect to find at the park. There are also a variety of tours available– from bike tours to horse-drawn carriage rides- for those looking for even more to do. Check out the City of Vancouver website for more information. Whatever you choose to do, you can expect to have an enjoyable time during your visit to Stanley Park.
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