The only feasible way to truly explore the wild beauty of Stanley Park in one day is to rent bikes with kid seats or a bike trailer from the rental shops near the Georgia Street entrance, and cruise the 8.8 kilometre seawall perimeter. Technically, this should take you an hour or so, but you’re going to be getting off an on for photos and small adventures, so the timing is in your capable hands.
Of the hundreds of things to do, the most interesting and easiest things to encounter on the seawall from east to west are:
- The First Nations Totem Poles at Brockton Point — a good reminder that the land once belonged to someone else.
- The view of the Lion’s Gate Bridge and North Shore from Prospect Point, which also has a cafe and grill (fish and chips, craft beer, coffee, maple ice cream) if you need a refuel.
- 32-million-year old Siwash Rock jutting up from the water between Lion’s Gate Bridge and Third Beach is another breathtaking sight. Nearby you’ll also find Hollow Tree, a 700- to 800-year-old Western Red Cedar tree stump you can walk inside. Vancouverites, tourists and even elephants have been doing so since the 1800s.
- Second and Third beaches (with swimming pool and playgrounds at Second Beach) farther along on the south western side are also a great place for kids to get wet and blow off steam.