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5 Best Photo-Worthy Stops at Vancouver’s Stanley Park

One of the best things to do when visiting Vancouver is bike along Stanley Park Seawall on a sunny day. The 10KM loop takes you right beside the water and through Stanley Park, with views of the surrounding North Shore mountains, the city, and the ocean. You’ll be taken past some fantastic views and beaches, and I’m here to let you know the BEST stops along Stanley Park to admire and take some photos!

If you don’t already have Stanley Park added to your Vancouver bucket-list, it’s time to do so now. When we first came to Vancouver I wish that we had a list like this to fully appreciate the views in Stanley Park. Our first couple of visits to Stanley Park we had missed some of the best spots and didn’t complete the full loop.

I’ve created this guide to the best photo-worthy stops in Stanley Park for everybody, and also to highlight the best way to enjoy your experience at Stanley Park. Stanley Park is the largest seawall in the world and the park itself is bigger than Central Park in New York. We’re so lucky to have this park here in Vancouver, and multiple people get to enjoy this walk or bike ride everyday. Keep reading to find out our favourite spots in Stanley Park and to get a visual for trip-planning!

How to get to Stanley Park

CLICK HERE to open this map on Google Maps! (Parking lots are the blue pins).

Stanley Park is located 5-10 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, and about 10-15 minutes from the North Shore. It’s extremely easy to find and there will be signs along the side of the road directing you to the park. Stanley Park is located directly off of Highway 99.

There are plenty of places to park around Stanley Park, but I’m going to recommend a few of our favourites. We almost always park at the Denman Street Parking lot because it leads you straight into the park, the bike rentals are across the street from here, and it’s an easy spot to finish your loop. There are plenty of spots and you can expect to pay for parking here. Another couple of favourites would be to park directly in the park in the lot across from Vancouver Yacht Club, or at Prospect Point parking lot.

Best Time to Visit Stanley Park

Stanley Park can be enjoyed year-round and there’s never really a bad time to visit! However, for the most enjoyable experience I’d recommend visiting Stanley Park in the Summer. You’ll be walking beside the water for most of your adventure, and it’s nice to stay warm in the summer sun. However, this is also when Stanley Park is busiest!

To avoid crowds, I recommend visiting in the morning. Our most recent walk around Stanley Park started at 5AM for sunrise and it was incredible how peaceful our walk was. The crowds at Stanley Park are not necessarily bad either, since everybody is walking in a similar direction and constantly moving. On cloudy or rainy days you’ll also see less people on the trail!

Stanley Park Bike Rentals

One of the best things to do at Stanley Park is to rent a bicycle and cycle your way through the park. It’s so much fun to ride bikes here and there are designated bike lanes to keep traffic safe and coordinated. You’ll enjoy the loop a lot more on a bike, since you won’t be walking for hours.

Bike rentals are available across the street from the parking lot I’ve directed you to above. I love parking here because it’s so close to the bike rentals and makes it easy to return the bike and get back to your vehicle. One of the most popular rentals are Spokes Bicycle Rentals, and you’ll be paying around $11 per hour to rent one of their bikes. There are other options available, and other stores that offer different bikes or e-bikes as well.

How Long does it take to see all of Stanley Park?

If you’re doing the entire loop on foot, it will take you about 2-3 hours. We recently did the entire walk but we brought our camera and stopped at all of these locations to take photos. It took us 3 hours to walk around, but know that you do not have to complete the entire loop to see these spots. There are multiple places to park your vehicle at Stanley Park and you can choose to visit less of these sights listed below if you aren’t up for the entire walk.

If you’re renting a bike to ride around Stanley Park, it should take you a little over an hour. It’s much easier to complete this 10KM loop on a bike and saves you a lot of energy from walking. I think renting a bike is the best way to see the entire Stanley Park loop and to ensure you don’t miss anything!

Stanley Park Route & Top 5 Photo-Worthy Spots

The entire route is 10KM and brings you to multiple different viewpoints. I’ve made this list of our top 5 favourite photo-worthy spots in Stanley Park and I’ve even included an honourable mentions section for you to check out additional stops on the way. There is plenty to see at Stanley Park and one of the most enjoyable and beautiful things to do in Vancouver. If you’re a photographer like me or looking to score a good Instagram photo, continue reading for our top 5 photo-worthy stops!

Hallelujah Point

Our first stop is going to be at Hallelujah Point. This is about 5-10 minutes into your walk and the view looks out over the water and towards a beautiful cityscape. I loved taking photos here with the water and city in the background! It makes for an iconic Stanley Park shot, and you will know that you’re here when you find the plaque named Hallelujah Point. There are 2 large trees that make an incredible framing around this spot and you’ll want to position yourself between these two trees!

Brockton Point Lighthouse

Next stop is at Brockton Point Lighthouse and it’s about 20-30 minutes into your walk. I really love this section of Stanley Park, and the lighthouse itself is super pretty and makes for a beautiful scenery. There’s lots of room to shoot photos here of the lighthouse and surrounding water. It’s a historical landmark built in 1914! There are benches around this spot, so it’s a nice stop in your walk for a break to admire the views.

Prospect Point

Prospect Point is an awesome part of Stanley Park with an incredible harbour-view lookout and a small cafe. You can grab something to eat or drink here, there are washrooms provided, and the lookout makes for an awesome view. It’s not a part of the Seawall but definitely worth visiting! We walked over towards the staircases and took photos on the stairs, as well as photos overlooking the view. Some of my favourite shots of Lions Gate Bridge are from here, and you can walk a bit further to find an additional lookout for direct views of Lions Gate Bridge.

Lions Gate Bridge

Adding on to our last spot, Lions Gate Bridge is such a photogenic part of Vancouver and we’ve scored some incredible photos of it. We have 2 spots to share to photograph Lions Gate Bridge, and the first one was mentioned above close to Prospect Point (a bridge that is a couple of minutes away from Prospect Point). This spot is not part of the Seawall and you’ll be overlooking the highway and facing directly out towards the bridge.

The second spot to photograph Lions Gate Bridge would be along the Seawall as you start to approach the bridge. We took shots in-front of the bridge as well as on the other side of the bridge. It’s super photogenic whatever way you position yourself, and it’s a beautiful way to capture the seawall with the bridge in the background. This is about 30-minutes from Brockton Point Lighthouse.

Siwash Rock

One of my absolute favourite photos we’ve taken from Stanley Park has been from the view of Siwash Rock. Siwash Rock is another 20 minutes from the Lions Gate Bridge/Prospect Point seawall view and this part of the walk was one of the most enjoyable for us. This is a random rock sitting outside of the water with a single tree growing at the top of it. It’s a beautiful sight from Stanley Park, and the seawall route around it is very photogenic, too!

Honourable Mentions

Some honourable mentions to share with you from Stanley Park would be the Stanley Park Marina, Totem Poles, Hollow Tree, Lost Lagoon, and multiple lookouts on the trail! There are also small green spaces tucked into the interior of the park that are worth checking out too. There are 3 beaches you’ll encounter on this trail and we think that 3rd beach is the nicest. You’ll also be ending your loop around English Bay and it’s worth stopping into Stanley Park Brewery!

Final Thoughts

Stanley Park is an iconic part of Vancouver and needs to be a part of your bucket-list! It’s hard to beat biking around Stanley Park on a summer day and I know that people of all ages enjoy spending time at this park. Our guide to Stanley Park and the 5 best photo-worthy spots will help you to make the most out of your Stanley Park adventure and remind you to stop and take in the views (and take pictures)!

Please feel free to leave me a comment if you have any other suggestions to share from Stanley Park, or if you’ve been here before and our guide helped you! As always, be respectful of other people and follow the appropriate route (bikes, foot). Make sure to leave no trace and to throw out your garbage or pack it away to throw out at home. Enjoy Stanley Park to the fullest, it’s the best in Vancouver!

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