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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

SOLD OUT! Drawing Flowers 

Fri, Jun 23, 10:00am–2:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Doors Open Vancouver: Park Board Administration Office 

Sat, Jun 24, 10:00am–5:00pm
2099 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada

Britannia Carving Pavilion Naming Ceremony 

Mon, Jun 26, 10:00am–6:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Indigenous Vision 

Tue, Jun 27, 5:30pm–8:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Lgbtq2s Focus Group 

Wed, Jun 28, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Spaces & Places Workshop - Social Development 

Thu, Jun 29, 1:00pm–4:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Youth Celebrate Canada 150+ 

Sat, Jul 1, 12:00pm–4:00pm
Renfrew Park Community Centre

Britannia's Canada Day 150 Celebration 

Sat, Jul 1, 12:30pm–3:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Drought Tolerant Gardening 

Wed, Jul 5, 6:30pm–9:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Drop-in Plein Air Watercolour at VanDusen 

Thu, Jul 6, 9:30am
VanDusen Botanical Garden

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