Parks, Recreation, and Culture
Spectacular parks to picnic at and enjoy with friends
Enjoy recreation at your local community centre
Take part in community art projects and cultural events
Get fit with city-wide programs, like indoor cycling
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 specialty amenities such as off-leash dog areas and skate parks. Vancouver has close to 300 City-run parks, beaches, and gardens.
Vancouver is the only municipality in Canada with an elected park board, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. The Board's mandate is to nurture, maintain, and develop Vancouver’s urban parks and recreation system.
This system includes the delivery of sports and recreational programs, social and cultural activities, educational programming and special events, through the many community and cultural centres, pools, rinks, golf courses, and specialty parks.
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.
Find out where you can find and access fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.
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.
The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation provides, preserves, and advocates for parks and recreation services to benefit all people, communities, and the environment.