A group of people having a picnic at the Second Beach designated picnic site

Picnics in Vancouver's parks

Vancouver has some of the most beautiful picnic sites in the world.

Space is available in parks for your picnic on a first-come basis when your group is less than 50 people and you are not using a designated picnic site.

Our designated picnic sites offer shelters, kitchens, access to water and electricity, and more.

Do you need a permit?

You need a picnic permit if:

  • Your group is more than 50 people (or more than 25 people at Maple Grove Park)
  • You would like to reserve any of the designated picnic sites listed below for your exclusive use, regardless of your group size

Groups of 150 and up, and special locations

If your group is 150 people or larger, or you want to have your picnic at a location that is not a designated picnic site, apply for a special event permit

Note Apply four months before your picnic date.

Reserve a picnic site

To reserve a picnic site and get a permit:

  1. Choose a time slot:
    • 9:00am - 4:00pm
    • 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  2. Check the picnic site availability (times shown are current bookings)  
  3. Complete the online reservation request form

Need help? Read our picnic site reservation guide PDF file (230 KB)

Designated picnic sites and fees

Each designated picnic site has two time slots:

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

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

Site Map Maximum
persons
Details Fee per time slot

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

$105.90

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

$64.10

Jericho Pond

150

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

$92.00

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

$92.00

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

$92.00

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

$64.10

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

$105.90

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

$105.90

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

$92.00

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

$170.00

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

$92.00

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

$105.90

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.

Picnic site terms and conditions

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

Insurance requirements for filming, event, and facility use

The City requires that you carry liability insurance for events or activities that you hold on City and Park Board Property, or in any City or Park Board facility. Learn about the requirements.

Refunds for picnic site reservations

If you need to cancel your permit after it's been confirmed, contact us at least 10 business days before your picnic reservation date. We charge a $25 administration fee and refund you the remaining amount.

We are unable to provide refunds for requests made within 10 business days of your picnic reservation date.

Contact us about picnics

parkevents@vancouver.ca

Note We only accept picnic site reservations online.

Last modified: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:26:19

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