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Policies and guidelines for picnics

Picnics without permits

You can have a picnic without a permit so long as your picnic site is not on the list of reservable picnic sites.

In addition, your group must be less than 50 people, or less than 25 if you’re holding your picnic at Maple Grove park.

If your group is larger than 50 people, but less than 150 people, you must book a picnic site online and get a permit.

Allowed equipment and barbecues

  • You may bring a barbecue, one small table, blankets, and lawn chairs
  • Your barbecue must be 75 cm from the ground and full clean up after you are finished is required
  • Coals must be doused with cold water and removed
  • If there is an extreme fire warning you cannot use charcoal (propane only)
  • No barbecues are allowed on the sandy beach areas, and no fires are allowed at any time

Note that there are many tables available on a first-come, first-serve basis in Vancouver's parks that can be used for picnics. You may not need to bring a table.

Groups of 150 people or more, and special locations

If  your group is larger than 150 people, or your picnic location is not listed on the designated picnic sites  list, you need to fill out a special events application.

 Note: The Vancouver Park Board requires two months to process special event applications. Send your application at least two months before your event is scheduled to take place.

Picnics adjacent to playing fields or baseball diamonds

If you want a to have a picnic adjacent to a playing field you must book the field or diamond online (please read rules and regulations). After you have secured your booking, picnic may include blankets, lawn chairs, small table and a barbecue and your group must be less than 50 people.

No tents, caterers, or rental equipment allowed.

Caterers

No caterers are allowed unless you have a picnic permit.

Music 

You may use a small CD player at a low level. No amplification is allowed.

Alcohol 

No alcohol is allowed at any picnic site at any time.

Reserve a picnic site

Learn how

Contact us about picnics

parkevents@vancouver.ca

Note We only accept picnic site reservations online.

Terms and conditions

Picnic site terms and conditions

Find the Park Board's terms and conditions of using a designated picnic site in our parks