Picnics in Vancouver's parks
Vancouver has some of the most beautiful picnic areas in the world.
Space is available for your picnic on a first come basis if your group is less than 50 people and you are not using a designated picnic site (which has picnic facilities like shelters, kitchens, access to water and electricity, and more).
You may bring a barbecue, blankets, lawn chairs, and a small table.
Permits for picnics
You must get a picnic permit if your group is larger than 50 people (or larger than 25 people at Maple Grove Park). You must also get a picnic permit if you would like to reserve any of the designated picnic locations listed below regardless of your group size.
Your permit will match up with a reservation sign or a picnic shelter at your picnic location.
Picnic sites are booked in two time slots:
- Day (7 hours from 9:00am to 4:00pm)
- Evening (5.5 hours from 4:00pm to 9:30pm)
NOTE: When entering the event date in the online reservation form, under "Specify when the event starts", select Use Exact Time and specify the time slot start time (either 9:00 or 4:00). Under "Specify how long the event lasts", enter the length of the time slot (either 7 hours or 5.5 hours). If you book more than 7 hours for the day time slot, you will be charged for the evening time slot as well.
To reserve a picnic site and get a permit:
Groups of 150 or more people and special locations
If your group is 150 people or larger, or you wish to have your picnic at a special location that is not a designated picnic site, you will also need to submit a special event application.
It can take up to two months to process special event applications.