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We are the only municipality in Canada with an elected park board, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.  

The Park Board operates:

  • 240 parks
  • Destination gardens
  • 24 community centres with swimming pools, arenas, and playing fields
  • Three championship golf courses

Our 404-hectare Stanley Park (1,000 acres) is considered one of the top urban parks in the world with ancient cedars, wildlife, rainforest ecology, vibrant art and attractions, and a seawall path used by millions of walkers and cyclists a year.

Our parks, recreation, and cultural assets are prized by Vancouverites and visitors as some of the finest in the world. Please help us protect and preserve them for future generations.


Facilities and schedules

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

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Find and register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at Vancouver recreation facilities....

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Plan and book an event

Find information about planning and booking events in Vancouver parks and facilities including weddings, meetings, and special events

Passes, discounts, and gift cards

Learn how you can save money on Park Board programs and services with fitness passes, group rates, low-income discounts, and gift cards.

Recreational activities

Take a look at the types of recreational activities we offer in Vancouver, from swimming to pottery.

Improving our parks, beaches, and trails

Find out how the Vancouver Park Board and City are working to maintain and improve Vancouver's parks, beaches, and trails.

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.

New community centre agreement

The Park Board is writing a new chapter in its relationship with Community Centre Associations.

What's new at Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Events at Park facilities

VanDusen Plant Sale 2017 

Sun, Apr 30, 10:00am–4:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

All Candidates Forum 

Mon, May 1, 6:30pm–9:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Birds in the 604 Exhibition 

Tue, May 2, 9:00am
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Birds in the 604 Exhibition 

Tue, May 2, 9:00am
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Circles of Wellbeing 

Tue, May 2, 4:00pm–7:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Hanging Baskets for Beauty and Bounty 

Wed, May 3, 6:30pm–8:30pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Britannia Renewal Speaker Series - Community Resilience & Design 

Thu, May 4, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Day Off - Bowling Day (9-12yrs) 

Fri, May 5, 9:00am–3:00pm
Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Art in the City 2017 - Vernissage 

Fri, May 5, 7:00pm–9:00pm
West End Community Centre Association

Introduction to Permaculture 

Sat, May 6, 10:00am–12:30pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

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