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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.

Some of our designated picnic sites offer shelters, access to water, electricity, and more.

Due to COVID-19, the Park Board has cancelled all permits for special events at all of its facilities, effective immediately and until May 30. Permit holders will be issued a refund and will receive priority booking once special events resume.

Event permits will be limited to the maximum guidelines set out by the provincial health officer as of the day of the event, with any current permits for gatherings of 50 or more people to be revoked.

Do you need a picnic permit?

You need a picnic permit if:

  • Your group is more than 50 people (or more than 25 people at Maple Grove Park)
  • You want to reserve a designated picnic site (listed below) for your exclusive use, regardless of your group size

Groups of 150 and up, and non-designated picnic sites

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

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

To reserve a picnic site and get a permit:

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

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

Designated picnic sites and fees 

Each designated picnic site has two time slots:

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

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
  • Inflatables allowed only with permit and authorization

$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
  • 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

$185

Stanley Park Railway #1

50

  • 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

$116

Stanley Park Railway #2

50

  • 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

$116

Stanley Park Second Beach

50

  • 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

$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.