Vancouver is an incredibly beautiful city with a strong West Coast vibe.
While real estate prices may surge sky-high, the city is also full of parks and public places that won’t cost you a dime to visit. If you know the right spots, you can find your own free slice of paradise.
The mountain framed skyline attracts people from around the globe, but the following locations keep off the radar. These public places are top spots to inhale deeply and breathe it all in.
Jump across the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown Vancouver, and the British Properties will provide stunning views of the city. Developed originally by a syndicate of Guinness, BP is credited with starting West Vancouver’s transformation from a ferry-access town.
Tucked into a steep slope looking over Granville Island, Choklit Park offers a unique peak of the city from between trees and terraces. The park site was formerly the location of a Purdy’s Chocolate factory. (Choklit...get it?)
Crab park’s proximity to Gastown and Railtown make it the spot to enjoy a summer lunch. The Vancouver Port Authority kindly rendered the land for park purposes, and proposed the name Portside Park. That name was then changed to respect to the neighbourhood park committee that wanted to “Create a Real Available Beach”. It’s now fondly known as the riviera of the downtown East Side.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first Chinese garden built outside of China. It includes both a freely accessible public park and also a garden with an admission fee. The park was opened on April 24th, 1986, just in time for Expo ‘86.
Dude Chilling Park
After a prank sign surfaced referencing this parks public art piece, Reclining Figure, Guelph Park became Dude Chilling Park. Likely the most eclectic park in Vancouver, expect to see outside Yoga, slack-lines, california kickball games, and plenty of the Devil’s grass.
University Endowment Lands
University Endowment Lands. Nature walks. #SuperNatural #BC #TREES
At the northern tip of Stanley Park lays Prospect Point. No trip around Stanley Park is complete without stopping here for an epic view of the Lions Gate Bridge, North Shore Mountains, and Burrard Inlet.
Only minutes from the Vancouver downtown core, Stanley Park Pitch and Putt boasts 18 holes of reprieve alongside unbridled rhododendrons.
With a spectacular view of the Georgia Straight, the UBC cliffs have been the UBC hooky meeting spots for students since the dawn of Psyc 101.