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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.

What's new at Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Events at Park facilities

People, Parks, and Dogs: Langara open house 

Sat, Oct 1, 10:00am–1:00pm

Big Draw Vancouver 

Sat, Oct 1, 10:30am–12:30pm

Big Draw Vancouver 

Sat, Oct 1, 11:00am–1:00pm

Big Draw Vancouver - Design a Shield 

Sat, Oct 1, 12:00pm–3:00pm

The 2016 Big Draw Festival 

Sat, Oct 1, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Forest Elders and Giants 

Sat, Oct 1, 1:30pm–3:30pm

Fresh Hands on Gnocchi Making 

Sun, Oct 2, 11:30am–2:00pm

The Signature of All Things 

Sun, Oct 2, 1:00pm–4:00pm

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