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Picnics in Vancouver's parks

COVID-19 update: Picnic site reservations available

June 22, 2020: 

  All kitchen facilities will be closed and no inflatables will be permitted. A COVID-19 questionnaire will be provided to assist in complying with Provincial Health Orders. Picnic requests made in less than 5 business days may not be able to be processed.

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

If your group is less than 50 people and you wish to have exclusive rights to one of our designated picnic site you will require a permit.

If you wish to have exclusive use of a location that is not a designated picnic site, email a completed special event application form (850 KB) to parkevents@vancouver.ca.

Picnic sites are available on a first-come basis but if a valid permit holder shows up they have the rights to the space and you will have to move locations.

Reserve a picnic site

  Picnic season is bookable from June 1 to September 30, 2020.

To reserve a picnic site and get a permit:

  1. Choose a time slot:
    • 9am - 2:30pm
    • 4pm - 9:30pm
  2. Check the picnic site availability (times shown are available for booking)  
  3. Complete an online picnic reservation request

Need help? Read our picnic site reservation guide (504 KB)

Designated picnic sites and fees 

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

  Full payment is due at the time of booking.

Site Map Maximum
persons
Details Fee per time slot

Fraser River Park

50

  • Not sheltered
  • Amenities include: 4 tables painted green, reserve sign
  • Close by: grass fields, washrooms, and trails

$70

Jericho Pond

50

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

$100

John Hendry/Trout Lake

50

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

$116

Locarno Beach

50

  • 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

$100

Maple Grove Park

50

  • 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

$100

Memorial South Park

50

  • 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

$70

New Brighton Park

50
  • 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

$100

Riverfront Park

50

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

$100

Stanley Park Prospect Point

50

  • Sheltered
  • 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

$185

Stanley Park Railway #1

50

  • Sheltered
  • Close by: Lumbermen's Arch, Miniature Train, Vancouver Aquarium, and playground 
  • No inflatables allowed

$116

Stanley Park Railway #2

50

  • Sheltered 
  • Close by: Lumbermen's Arch, Miniature Train, Vancouver Aquarium, and playground 
  • No inflatables allowed

$116

Stanley Park Second Beach

50

  • Sheltered
  • Permitted tables are under the gazebo
  • Close by: public playground, pitch & putt, outdoor pool, washrooms, accessible pay parking stalls
  • No inflatables allowed

$116

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 or in a City and Park Board Property.

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.

There are no refunds for requests made within 10 business days of your picnic reservation date, or for bad weather.

Contact us about picnics

parkevents@vancouver.ca

Note We only accept picnic site reservations online.