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7 Urban Oasis Parks You Can Visit Near Vancouver

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You don’t have to head too far outside of the city to find incredible natural beauty.

Lucky for us who live in Metro Vancouver, you get the best of both worlds with the convenience of the city, and beautiful nature all usually within a short driving distance of each other.

Even if you spend most your days indoor surrounded by buildings and traffic, you can easily unwind by visiting one of these parks. Once there you will forget about your daily troubles and truly feel like you’re in an urban oasis.

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Urban Oasis Parks You Can Visit Near Vancouver

Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver


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Be treated to lush greenery and one of the best views of the Vancouver skyline all in one place. Queen Elizabeth Park is a popular picnic spot, where visitors can enjoy their meal with a view. It’s also home to the Bloedel Conservatory, which is a glass dome aviary with more than 200 exotic birds and 500 unique plant species.

Location: 4600 Cambie Street

Stanley Park, Vancouver


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There’s no better urban park in the city than the jewel of Vancouver. It boasts some of the city’s best beaches, several family friendly attractions and of course, the scenic seawall. Stanley Park is also slightly bigger than New York City’s iconic Central Park.

Location: The main entrance is at the west end of Georgia Street

Central Park, Burnaby

Metro Vancouver also has its own Central Park. Marvel at all of the serene beauty while exploring this 90-hectare urban park on the Vancouver-Burnaby border. It features a large temperate rainforest ecosystem, along with several scenic walking trails.

Location: Just west of the Metropolis at Metrotown shopping complex

Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Burnaby

This beautiful park will make you feel like you’ve travelled far outside of the city. The wildlife sanctuary is a must visit spot all seasons of the year. It’s right in the middle of the city and has lots of picnic sites and a rowing pavilion.

Location: 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby

Minoru Park, Richmond


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Find this hidden gem near Richmond City Hall. It features a charming church, a pristine pond and lots of green space to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. The expansive park features many other amenities, including sports fields, an art gallery, aquatic centre and ice skating rink.

Location: 7191 Granville Avenue

Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest, Surrey


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Discover this wooded city park that is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer. The sprawling 130 hectare park is the perfect place to go for a relaxing stroll with the whole family. It’s also dog-friendly, so make sure to bring along your four-legged BFF.

Location: 2598 144 Street

Sendall Botanical Gardens, Langley


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Find this quaint and tranquil garden that offers an enchanting oasis in the middle of the city. It features several duck ponds and a picturesque gazebo that can be rented out for events. Or, you can just simply sit on a bench and take in all the beauty around you.

Location: 20210 50 Avenue

For more things to do and see in beautiful BC, check out our Travel & Outdoors section.

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