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

Picnics in Vancouver parks

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

All barbecues, including propane, are banned in Stanley Park.

No barbecues are allowed on the sandy beach areas.

Picnic bookings open February 6 at 9am

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.

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

How to reserve a site

Contact us

Still have questions about picnic sites? Email us at parkevents@vancouver.ca​​​​​​​

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 parks.

Insurance requirements for filming, event, and facility use

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.