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Parks, Recreation, and Culture

Vancouver boasts world-class parks, from the 404 hectares (1,000 acres) of prime downtown land that forms Stanley Park, to the many smaller parks that host recreational facilities, community centres, and amenities such as off-leash dog areas and skate parks. Vancouver has close to 300 City-run parks, beaches, and gardens.

Green space, active living, and community

Vancouver is the only municipality in Canada with an elected park board, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. The Park Board's mandate is to nurture, maintain, and develop Vancouver’s urban parks and recreation system.

This commitment brings sports and recreational programs, social and cultural activities, educational programming, and special events to the people through community and cultural centres, pools, rinks, golf courses, and specialty parks.

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World-class parks for all

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Enjoy Vancouver's great outdoors by exploring our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Community centres and facilities

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Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.

Arts and culture

Arts and culture

From public art to performance art, from dance to visual arts, crafting or writing, cultural or popular performances, arts and culture are a vibrant aspect of Vancouver.

Stewardship of the park system

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation provides, preserves, and advocates for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment.

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Last modified: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:54:14

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