Vancouver bridged the gap for us between our time spent in Alaska and Whistler in January this year; and although we didn’t allow ourselves much time there, one of the things we really wanted to do was explore Stanley Park by bike.
Stanley Park is an oasis that really makes you forget you’re actually in one of the largest cities in Canada.
Although we visited during the middle of Winter, we actually had a pretty great day for it. Yes it was cold, and yes the skies were cloudy; but the air was crisp and clear, the Canadian Geese were out in force, and we rugged ourselves up to avoid the chill.
We didn’t last long before our fingers started to numb due to the cold, so gloves were definitely a necessity, and made our adventure all the more comfortable.
Our bikes we hired from Bayshore Rentals, which is really close to the Georgia Street entrance of the Park. The bikes were comfortable and easy to ride, and only cost us CAD $12 each for a two-hour hire.
The Stanley Park Seawall track is ideal for cycling, as it has designated cycle lanes, which are completely separate from the walking/running track. The entire track is 9kms long, taking roughly an hour to cycle all the way around. A map of Stanley Park can be found here.
There were certain areas where cycling was not permitted, but the signage was clear (although not everyone is as good at following rules as we are, apparently) so it wasn’t an issue.
The hardest part for me was remembering to cycle on the right side of the path, rather than the left, as I would have done at home!
Stanley Park in Pictures
Lions Gate Bridge
What do you think of Stanley Park?
Have you been before? Would you like to visit now?