Only propane barbecues are currently permitted at parks and beach barbecue areas. Charcoal and briquette-style barbecues are not allowed.
Ensuring safe use of propane barbecues:
- Place 75 cm off the ground
- Keep water nearby to douse
- Ensure barbecues are fully extinguished after use
- Avoid using near forested areas
Important note All barbecues, including propane, are banned in Stanley Park.
Important note No barbecues are allowed on the sandy beach areas.
Picnic bookings open February 6 at 9am
- The 2023 picnic season is from April 1 to October 30, 2023.
- Event permits must comply with all applicable requirements outlined in Provincial Health Orders External website, opens in new tab on the event date.
Parks in Vancouver offer some of the most beautiful picnic sites in the world.
Designated picnic sites are available at many parks across the city. All designated picnic sites are open and available to the public on a first come-first serve basis. However, if you want to reserve a site for your picnic or special occasion, you must apply for a permit.
How to reserve a site
Still have questions about picnic sites? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Find the Park Board's terms and conditions of using a designated picnic site in parks.
We require that you carry liability insurance for events or activities that you hold on or in a City or 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.