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Beaver Lake, Stanley Park

Beaver Lake trail destination walk

Route statistics

Distance 1.5 km
Steps 2,060
Elevation change 13 m

Beaver Lake, often described as a jewel in the centre of the park, is a much visited wetland feature unique to Stanley Park and in Vancouver. The 1.5 km, 2,060 step long walk which travels inland from Stanley Park Drive, along Beaver creek, and encircling the lake, allows visitors views of wildlife and native and introduced vegetation. 

You are guaranteed to experience a rich diversity of ecosystems in Stanley Park. As you walk along, enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells. Use all your senses to explore and discover the amazing environment that surrounds you.

Route details

More information about the Beaver Lake destination walk including details on several points of interest can be found in the Beaver Lake Nature Walk brochure.

If you would like more information on the ecology of Stanley Park, please stop by the Stanley Park Nature House at Lost Lagoon. The Nature House is operated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society External website out of a former boat house located on the south shore of Lost Lagoon

Points of interest

  • Woodland and wildlife including beavers, water fowl, Flying squirels and Great blue herons
  • Beaver Lake Bog
  • Douglas-fir grove
  • Nurse Stump
  • viewing areas with educational signage


The route indicated for this nature walk all have a compacted gravel surface and is wheelchair accessible. All of Beaver Lake Trail and the trails leading to the two points of interest are virtually level, with some gradual slope on adjacent trails. 

Note To travel by wheelchair between the seawall and Pipeline Road, you must go via Beaver Lake due to the significant difference in elevation.

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