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.
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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.
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
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.
Apply four months before your picnic date.
Picnic season is bookable from May 1 to September 30, 2020.
To reserve a picnic site and get a permit:
- Choose a time slot:
- 9am - 4pm
- 4pm - 9:30pm
- Check the picnic site availability (times shown are available for booking)
- Make an online reservation request
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.
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 our parks
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
We only accept picnic site reservations online.