Stanley Park's always alive with locals and visitors who want to relax in the heart of the city. It's not surprising, as it offers so much to do. Within the area, there are beaches, hiking trails, spots to eat, the aquarium and so much more. But, even if Vancity's largest urban park is fantastic, you might be tired of going there on repeat. Thankfully, there are plenty of unique things to do in Vancouver if you're tired of Stanley Park.

If your favourite thing about it is the gorgeous views of the water and mountains, then we have a few easy trails you need to discover to diversify your weekend plans.

Places like Quarry Rock or Cates Park both will give you similar sights, but you'll also experience fewer crowds. North Van is just a short drive or bus ride away, after all.

For all you avid hikers, you can find similarly incredible forest hiking trails only a short distance away. Two must-visit spots are the Seymour Demonstration Forest and Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Meanwhile, if you'd like to take Fido along, then Crab Park is a good alternative. You can play with your dog and there are a ton of off-leash play areas that your pup will love.

Here are 12 fantastic things to do in Vancouver when you're over visiting Stanley Park.

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Price: Free

Address: 3690 Park Rd., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This suspension bridge is less touristy compared to Capilano and much better too. It stretches 50 metres above waterfalls and provides a breathtaking lookout.

Seymour Demonstration Forest

Price: Free

Address: 2369 Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This forest gives you all the ease of Stanley Park. You can go cycling or hiking on the paved trail through the forest on well-paved pathways.

Quilchena Park

Price: Free

Address: 4590 Magnolia St., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This hidden-gem park right on the Arbutus Greenway is a great spot to go with your friends to enjoy the skate park or to play frisbee. With plenty of grassy fields, huge poplars and, of course, mountain views, it's the perfect place to spend an afternoon. 

Crab Park

Price: Free

Address: 101 E. Waterfront Rd., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Crab Park is perfect for dog owners and it's completely hidden from the tourists. There are off-leash dog areas, and you and your pup can go for a relaxing stroll next to the water.

Maplewood Farm

Price: $8.68 per person

Address: 405 Seymour River Pl., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Just like Stanley Park, you can see all sorts of cute animals. At Maplewood Farm, there are over 200 adorable animals including rabbits, cows, goats and horses.

Milano Coffee Roasters

Price: Depends on what you order

Address: 156 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This hidden coffee shop overlooks a gorgeous park and has a killer view of the city. It's the perfect spot to sip a latte on a lazy day.

Quarry Rock

Price: Free

Address: Baden Powell Trail, North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This easy hiking trail is worth the climb as you'll get to enjoy a panoramic view of the water. It's a popular hike so it'll give you the fun buzzy feel of Stanley Park but with a fresh feel.

Cates Park

Price: Free

Address: 4141 Dollarton Hwy., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: You need to check out their waterfront trails and see their stunning views. In the summer, it is also an excellent spot to go kayaking.

Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Price: Free

Address: 5495 Chancellor Blvd., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: With 55.5 kilometres worth of trails, there is plenty of green space to discover. The park is also surrounded by beaches so you can hike your way through the forest to the ocean. 

Jericho Beach

Price: Free

Address: 3941 Point Grey Rd., Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Jericho Beach doesn't get nearly as crowded as the ones at Stanley Park. Plus, you almost always see cute bunnies hopping around.

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park

Price: Free

Address: 4900 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can hike to the stunning Norvan Falls and it's better than anything you find in Stanley Park. With over 40 kilometres of trails, there's something for every skill level. 

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


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