Picnics in Vancouver's parks

Riverfront Park picnic site

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.

Planning your picnic

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)

How to reserve a picnic site

To reserve a picnic site and get a permit:

  1. Check the picnic site availability.
  2. Complete the online reservation request form.
    • Under "Specify when the event starts", select Use exact time and specify the start time of your time slot (either 9:00am or 4:00pm).
    • Under "Specify how long the event lasts", enter the length of the time slot (either 7 hours or 5.5 hours).

Note Note: If you book for more than 7 hours for the day time slot, you will also be charged for the evening time slot.

Need help?

Download the picnic site booking tutorial

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.

Download a special event in parks permit application form 

Picnic sites

Reservations have two time slots:

  • Day: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Evening: 4:00pm-9:30pm

If you book past 4:00pm, you will be charged for the evening time slot, too.

Fees are per time slot (not per hour) and do not include tax.

Site Map Maximum
persons
Details Fee

Ceperley/
Second Beach

150

  • Sheltered
  • Permitted tables are under the gazebo
  • Amenities include: counter with 3 cold water sinks (no cooking appliances or fridge available), 4 electrical outlets (15 amp only)
  • Close by: public playground, pitch & putt, outdoor pool, washrooms, accessible pay parking stalls
  • No inflatables allowed

$102.80

Fraser River Park

150

  • Not sheltered
  • Amenities include: 4 tables painted green, reserve sign
  • Close by: grass fields, washrooms, and trails
  • Inflatables allowed only with permit and authorization

$62.22

Jericho Pond

150

  • Not sheltered
  • Amenities include: 5 tables painted green
  • Close by: beach, concession and washrooms
  • No inflatables allowed

$89.28

Locarno Beach

150

  • Not sheltered
  • Amenities include: 5 tables painted green, reserve sign, hot coal disposable pit, water tap
  • Close by: beach, concession, and washrooms
  • No inflatables allowed

$89.28

Maple Grove Park

75

  • Not sheltered
  • Amenities include: 4 tables painted green, reserve sign, 2 BBQs
  • Close by: ball diamond (booked separately), playground, pool, washrooms
  • No inflatables, no oversized BBQs, or catering equipment allowed

$89.28

Memorial South Park

75

  • Not sheltered
  • Amenities include: 4 tables painted green, 2 BBQs, reserve sign
  • Close by: tennis courts, pond, grass fields, playground, washrooms on east side of park
  • No inflatables allowed

$62.22

Miniature Railway 1

 

150

  • Sheltered
  • Amenities include: shared counter (no cooking appliances or fridge available), 2 electrical outlets, cold water, grassed area
  • Close by: Lumbermen's Arch, Miniature Train, Vancouver Aquarium, and playground 
  • No inflatables allowed

$102.80

Miniature Railway 2

150

  • Sheltered 
  • Amenities include: shared counter (no cooking appliances or fridge available), 2 electrical outlets, cold water, grassed area
  • Close by: Lumbermen's Arch, Miniature Train, Vancouver Aquarium, and playground 
  • No inflatables allowed

$102.80

New Brighton Park

150
  • Not sheltered
  • Amenities include: 5 tables painted green, reserve sign
  • Close by: fields, washrooms, swimming pool, playground, concession
  • No inflatables allowed
  • Parking off of McGill Street, Commissioner Street Overpass or Bridgeway Avenue

$89.28

Prospect Point 

150

  • Sheltered
  • Amenities include: counter with sinks (no cooking appliances or fridge available) and 3 power outlets (15 amp only), ball diamond, hot coal disposal pit, shuttle bus stop, washrooms
  • Close to pay parking with 2 accessible stalls
  • Inflatables allowed only with permit and authorization

$165.03

Riverfront Park

75

  • Covered area is smaller than the other covered picnic sites.
  • Amenities include: 2 tables (sheltered), 4 tables (not sheltered), water tap
  • Close by: half-court basketball, tennis courts, playground, walkway along river, washrooms (wheelchair accessible)
  • No inflatables allowed

$89.28

Trout Lake (John Hendry)

150

  • Sheltered
  • Amenities include: reserve sign, water tap, no electrical outlets
  • Close by: concession, lake washrooms and playground
  • No inflatables allowed

$102.80

 

Refunds for outdoor facilities reservations

Once a permit is confirmed, cancellation requests require a minimum of 10 working days notice before the reservation date for a refund of fees, minus a $25.00 administration fee. 

No refunds are issued for cancellations of bookings made within 10 working days of the reservation date.

Related links

Picnic policies and guidelines

Find the Park Board's policies and guidelines for picnics held in parks — what equipment you will need to bring, information about playing music, alcohol restrictions, and more.

Fields, courts, and diamonds

For regular, consistent use of Vancouver’s fields and outdoor facilities, or for league use and tournaments, you must reserve the facility and get a permit. Learn more.

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Contact us

All reservations are taken through our online reservation system.

For more information, contact us by email. 

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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

Policies and guidelines

Picnic policies and guidelines

Find the Park Board's policies and guidelines for picnics held in parks — what equipment you will need to bring, information about playing music, alcohol restrictions, and more.

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