Parks & Nature in Vancouver

Where local Airbnb hosts go be one with nature. Join them in their favourite parks, beaches, and trails.


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791 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nature's beauty to the extreme. Vancouver's first, largest, and most beloved urban park! Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of t... read more

Vancouver's iconic and massive downtown park. Surrounded on 3 sides by water at the tip of the downtown peninsula with a 10km sea wall for walking, biking, or roller-blading all the way around a p... read more

Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the heavily built urban landscape of Vancouver. Explore the 400-hectare natural West Coas... read more

258 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Kitsilano Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver, especially in the warm summer months. Located at the north edge of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, the beach faces out onto Burrard Inl... read more

The most popular beach in the city, it is great for everyone. Swimming, beach food, nearby cafes/restaurants, playground, walking trails heading to adjacent smaller beaches and parks. You can't m... read more

Walk the seawall all the way around, going east. Beautiful views, stop at Granville Island.. In the summer, a great fish and chips stand, Go Fish, is on the seawall between Kitsilano Beach and Gra... read more

229 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of three local ski mountains overlooking the city of Vancouver, Grouse is the closest to downtown and great for hiking outside of the ski season. If you are super fit, do the "Grouse Grind", a... read more

Rising 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) above Vancouver and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core, is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain. The iconic Red Skyride gives visitors and local... read more

Cost: (for the Peak Experience) $47.95 for adults, $38.95 for seniors, $28.95 for youth, $14.95 for child age 5 to 12, free for child under 5 Unique to Vancouver: Grouse has the advantage of being... read more

207 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers, and as a popular backdrop for wedding photos. At 152 metres above sea level, ... read more

World Famous Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver City. Botanical Garden, Views of Downtown and the city, and a Tropical plant/ Bird Conservatory at the top. There's also a Rose... read more

Queen Elizabeth Park is a 130-acre municipal park on Little Mountain (500' above sea level). Its surface was scarred at the turn of the twentieth century when it was quarried for its rock, which s... read more

165 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fireworks in the summer, chill nights, hot sunny days and ice cream. All good things. What I like about english bay is the eclectic groups of people that you can see lounging around during the even... read more

"English Bay Beach is the most populated beach area in Vancouver and is host to a numerous events. The Stanley Park Seawall, a popular running and biking route, runs along the east side of the beach."

The closest of Vancouver's downtown beaches, with amazing sunshine facing straight south and close in views of Kitsilano and Granville Island on the city's Westside. This beach is sandy, good for ... read more

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're active and keen for an amazing adventure, try the grueling "Grouse Grind". It's a man made trail to the top of Grouse Mountain. They don't call it the "Grind" for nothing, it's a real wor... read more

One to knock off the bucket list. Often called "Mother Nature's Stairmaster" Ascend on foot up 2.9km to an elevation of 2800 feet. Be prepared for a serious workout! The view and feeling of accomp... read more

This is the ultimate climb for tourists and locals alike. If you are fit as a fiddle and have an hour plus to reach the top, you won't be disappointed. Expect crowds and fitness buffs, this hike ... read more

135 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There’s nothing like a stroll through Lynn Canyon Park and being surrounded by the peace and quiet of nature—the rain forest and its big trees. Lynn Valley Park offers 250 hectares with scenic cany... read more

Lynn Canyon features hiking trails and a suspension bridge. This hike can be started from the end of our street and is approximately a two hour round trip experience. There is plenty of parking at... read more

Lynn Canyon Park is a free self-guided adventure and a great place to learn about North Vancouver’s eco-system. Although the main attraction is the suspension bridge, you can also enjoy hiking the ... read more

132 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Famous for being among the most beautiful beaches in the world and Vancouver's only official "clothing optional" beach, there is so much more to Wreck Beach. The trail down to it (about 400 woode... read more

Not for everyone, this is Vancouver's most popular nude beach, with several food vendors located right on the beach. You'll need to walk down a steep set of stairs but once you do, you'll be surro... read more

Wreck Beach (Squamish: Ts’ats’lhm) is a popular clothing-optional beach located in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which is in turn part of the University Endowment Lands just west of Vancouver. This... read more

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the more quiet neighbourhood beaches frequented by locals. Great swimming, a small beachside cafe to buy food, and walking / biking trail connecting to numerous other beaches heading West. ... read more

In the summer, Jericho's immensely popular beaches and sailing club attract people from all over Vancouver who want to experience the sparkling waters of English Bay.

One of my fav beach. Vancouver Folk Festival here every year. Take a coffee and a long stroll. Check out the Jericho Sailing Club for a meal and a beer and the million dollar view.

94 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful Pacific forests grow in this west side park. If you crave the peace and sweet smelling air of the woods head to Pac Spirit. It is great for easy through to intermediate hikes and bike r... read more

Mile upon mile of walking or biking through old growth forest. Simply amazing. You can enter the park trails from any side, there are many trail heads and there are maps throughout the trail syst... read more

750 hectares of joy-inducing hiking trails. Head out the front door and hang a left. The park is right at the end of the street and sits on UBC's endowment lands. Breathe in some of that incredible... read more

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a great spot to catch a sunset. Grab an ice cream from the Marble Slab, or a nice dinner at the Cactus Club (they do picnics to go), and watch the sun set over English Bay.

One of many Vancouver beaches and not even 5 minutes away on foot. Spend all day at the beach or grab some takeout and watch the stunning views as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Walking west along the seawall offers lovely views of the city. Sunset Beach is just past the Burrard St. bridge. It is about a 15/20 minute walk, but view of the ocean is spectacular. At this poin... read more

98 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first Chinese or "scholars" garden built outside of China, and is located in Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

This garden is the first of its kind to be created outside of China. It is a stunning representation of the Ming Dynasty-era tradition classical Chinese garden. It has been named the No. 1 City Gar... read more

Apart from having our wedding photos here in this most stunning and serene setting...it has also been “Voted "World's Top City Garden" with good reason” The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gard... read more

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Mount Seymour is a ski area located in a Provincial Park, a 10 minute drive from Deep Cove. It is a part of the North Shore Mountains, rising to the north from the shores of Burrard Inlet & Indian... read more

You are located essentially at the base of Mt. Seymour! Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking (extreme downhill and/or road). Or just drive up for the views!

Mount Seymour is a mountain located in Mount Seymour Provincial Park in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a part of the North Shore Mountains, rising to the north fro... read more

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Here's one of my favourite beach spots in the city to hang out in the summer, attracting a younger crowd (than Spanish Banks), who are more laid-back (than Kitsilano Beach), and few tourists (compa... read more

Beautiful, secluded spot on the Seawall. Note, easy to access on bike but you must travel counterclockwise around Stanley Park to reach it (one way only). Possible to walk from either direction. Al... read more

A local favourite. This beach much less of the gym loving devotees featured at Kits Beach. If your sans kids, definitely hit the right side. This beach is more isolated and takes longer to get t... read more

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

VanDusen Botanical Garden is situated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Named for local lumberman and philanthropist Whitford Julian VanDusen, it has been a public garden since its opening on... read more

Be inspired by VanDusen Botanical Garden's 22 hectares of elegant landscapes with plant species representing ecosystems ranging from the Himalayas to the Mediterranean, from Louisiana swamps to the... read more

Located in the heart of Vancouver, and 1/2 block from our house, the gardens feature a large plant collection divided into botanical and geographical themes. Both a casual coffee shop and fine dini... read more

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This 75 hectare (185 acre) lush virgin rainforest is located on the coastline of the Burrard Inlet in West Vancouver, BC Canada. It marks the point where the Burrard Inlet meets Howe Sound. Lightho... read more

One of Vancouver's most iconic spots, Lighthouse Park is beautifully situated at the south-west point of the coast, providing views over to downtown Vancouver, UBC, Vancouver Island, and the snow-c... read more

The place to find one of the last full-standing Lighthouses on the Canadian West Coast, The family that has been running the lighthouse has been doing so for generations! Get there at sunset and wa... read more

59 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The western-most beach in the city and immediately joining Locarno Beach. See comments under Locarno beach as it is really all just one continuous beach - we always refer to the whole place as Spa... read more

Spanish banks and Jericho beach is a long stretch of beach. Nice to jog, walk or ride along the trail on the beach. When the tide is out, you can walk really far out. Fun for the family.

A series of connected beaches, just down the road from UBC Campus. Walk along the beach path going towards the city and take in beautiful views of the city skyline and North and West Vancouver. Sto... read more

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Mount Seymour Provincial Park is a 10 minute drive from Deep Cove. It is a part of the North Shore Mountains, rising to the north from the shores of Burrard Inlet & Indian Arm to a summit of 1,449... read more

Nice ski, snowboard, snowshoeing and tobogganing area. Like Cypress and Grouse it has great views winter or summer.

An intermediate level trail. Please be safe, prepared and don't go off trail! I can't stress this enough. Great trail to hike. A guy camped at the top in the snow one time. However, that's forbidde... read more

48 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Downtime Digs– Portside Park aka Crab Park- It’s hard to believe there could still be a 3.3-hectare hidden gem right smack in downtown Vancouver. But Portside Park might just fit the bill. It’s wat... read more

Welcome to the Riviera of the downtown east side! Mean Streets meets moms out with tots in a living diorama of the gentrification of Gas Town and its neighboring hoods. While extremely close to Has... read more

Located at the north terminus of Main St, CRAB Park is a 2.5 hectare waterfront green space and beach destination so effectively tucked away from busy Gastown and the surrounding Downtown Eastside ... read more

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Will be located in False Creek for early June. Fantastic. Granville Island is my favorite place to provision the boat, have meals and listen to the music.

Great view of False Creek and downtown. Popular jogging/walking/biking trails all the way to downtown and Stanley Park.

Two of our favourite walks. From Main Street-Science World Station, take the north seawall route to walk to Yaletown, English Bay and as far as Stanley Park. Take the south seawall route to get to ... read more

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Here you'll find the David Lam Park. In the summer there's free outdoor movie screenings and large outdoor festivals. The seawall is a continuous walk/run/bike route extending throughout Downtown.

Child friendly park, large field that hosts the Vancouver Jazz Festival in July, tennis/basketball courts, seawall

Right in our neighbourhood, David Lam Park is a nice open green space that's even pleasant during rainy days. It's right along the False Creek seawall, so it's unique on its own. Roundhouse Commu... read more

51 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Scenic beach to catch some rays, play volleyball, tennis, swim, run or bike. Also contains basketball courts and a children's playground.

Busy beach with volleyball, a huge outdoor pool and nearby bars and restaurants. You can take the number 7 bus, get off at 4th and Arbutus and walk down.

Kits Beach park is just 3 blocks away and has a beautiful swimming beach, playground, tennis courts, basketball courts and a 110 meter saltwater pool.

35 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I couldn't find a category for this. It is a park, a beach. A sightseeing spot, because you can see Stanley Park and Lions Gate bridge. You can walk on the sea wall and get your work out. It is stu... read more

In West Vancouver, about a 15 minute drive away. Start of the seawall walk (head west from the park for a walk along the West Van waterfront). Lots of coffee shop options in the area for after yo... read more

Ambleside Beach is a great place for families, dog lovers, couples and solo travellers to get out and enjoy the ocean views and the beach. Patrolled by lifeguards during the summer, it's a great pl... read more

43 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great west coast oasis just steps away. Featuring great running/walking trails, pitch and putt golf, tennis courts, outdoor exercise equipment, and lovely ponds filled with ducks.

A beautiful 86.4-hectare forest park. Park features an 18-hole Pitch & Putt Golf, Playground, Tennis Courts, Ball Diamond, 6 Horseshoe Pitches, Outdoor Fitness Circuit/Fitness Stations, Picnic Sites

Central Park is a 90-hectare (222 acre) urban park. It's primary attraction is the large proportion of its land reserved as a well-preserved temperate rainforest ecosystem, with numerous walking tr... read more

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is my go-to beach & less than a 10 minute walk away - it is less crowded than English Bay and there is also a heated pool, concession stand & playground here.

Great beach for families as it has a heated, outdoor pool. The pool is open from May to September. The pool has a sloped entry, gradual depths for families, and separated lanes for lap swimmers.

Theres a drum circle every Tuesday eve in the summer months from 5pm until dark. Bring a drum too, playing is highly encouraged!

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Lovely quiet neighbourhood. Take a long or short walk along the sea front and trails. Visit Blackie Spit to see birdlife. Cafes and ice cream shops. Much quieter than its brash cousin (White Rock) ... read more

Quieter than White Rock Beach with grassy areas and hard pack trails lining the beach. 110 Flavours ice-cream parlour as well as coffee bar, greek restaurant and organic cafe.

Probably the warmest west facing beach in the area! Swimming area, Stand up Paddleboard and Kayak rentals , sailing, beach volleyball, skim boarding when the tide is out, multicultural picnic area ... read more

31 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Features peaceful natural leisurely walking trails with scenic views of the lake, the Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Hart House Restaurant

Best park for a calm, soothing walk. There is a walkway built around the lake, so it never leaves your sight. There is the Burnaby Village Museum right on the park. Gate admission is free, but the... read more

Deer Lake Park is situated in a peaceful natural environment that serves as the cultural precinct for the City of Burnaby’s arts and heritage amenities. Leisurely walking trails with scenic views c... read more

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A 10 minute walk from the house, Jericho Beach is a swimming beach, hosts a marsh full of songbirds and one of the most spectacular views in the city.

Jericho Beach is a beautiful beach only minutes away overlooking English Bay along with unobstructed views of North/West Vancouver, Stanley Park, and Downtown Vancouver.

Another beautiful beach (quite and less busy compared to kits beach on summer weekends). Good place to grab a blanket and read a book.

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A great lake for the family and dogs. There is a separate dog beach fully fenced in so the pooch can go off lead and have a swim. There are also great hiking trails and fantastic mountain scenery. ... read more

Buntzen Lake has an 8km hiking trail that is great for adults and children also. It wraps around the lake so you can start and finish your day with some r & r and maybe a picnic at the lake itself!

This BC Hydro Lake has one of the sandiest and best beaches around and the water is crystal clear (freshwater) and quite warm in the summer so perfect for swimming. The natural setting is gorgeous.... read more

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Great shallow water that goes out a long way for kids. Take No 7 bus and walk from 4th Ave.

Great beach that is a little quieter, more natural than the popular Kits beach.

Nice quiet beach facing the North Shore mountains. Maybe play a game of beach volleyball!