Best Vancouver Picnic Spots

Best Vancouver Picnic Spots - SavvyMom

There’s no better way to maximize a summer’s day than to cap it off with a picnic at the park. Whether dining with family or friends, preparing a feast or grabbing take-out, it’s a great way to break up weekday (or weekend) meals. Vancouver boasts some pretty spectacular picnic spots – here are the 5 best Vancouver picnic spots.

Best Vancouver Picnic Spots

Cates Park/ Whey-ah-Wichen

Located in North Vancouver, Cates Park/ Whey-ah-Wichen is a popular choice for a family picnic. There’s an epic playground in the core of the park, as well as picnic shelters, tennis courts, and beach access. Enjoy a picnic on the sprawling lawn or set up a spot on the beach (a mix of sand and pebbles). The park also has a concession stand, or you can drive to nearby Deep Cove to check out a range of restaurants (and Honey Doughnuts, of course). While there is ample parking at the park, it does get busy so be sure to arrive early.

John Hendry Park

With its picturesque Trout Lake setting and convenient location, John Hendry Park is one of our most excellent Vancouver picnic spots. There’s lots of space to set up a blanket on the huge grassy area, or head down to the beach and play a game of I Spy while you search for wildlife. John Hendry Park also has walking trails, two playgrounds, basketball courts, a concession, an off-leash area for dogs, and more.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Take your picnic to new heights at Queen Elizabeth Park – the highest point in Vancouver. Not only is the park stunning (beautifully landscaped gardens and a variety of exotic and native trees), it has ample space to set up your picnic smorgasbord, including a designated picnic area with picnic tables and BBQ pits (west of the duck pond on Park Drive). But there are many other areas in the park that are perfect for a picnic. Queen Elizabeth Park is also home to the Bloedel Conservatory, featuring hundreds of exotic birds, plants and flowers. On a starry night, there’s nothing more magical than taking in the sights of the City at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Stanley Park

No explanation is required when it comes to having a picnic in Stanley Park. The world-renowned park is a 400-hectare West Coast rainforest with beaches, playgrounds, attractions, and no shortage of ideal Vancouver picnic spots … the challenge is to choose one! Stanley Park has several designated picnic sites (Prospect Point is one) but be sure to book in advance as they require a reservation. These sites feature covered areas and provide access to water and electricity. Sneak in a pre-dinner visit to the Vancouver Aquarium for bonus points with the kids!

Whytecliff Park

West Vancouver’s Whytecliff Park is well worth the drive. The park is located along the coastline of Howe Sound, offering incredible views of the mountains and surrounding area. Take a walk in the forest and explore down by the water before enjoying a picnic in the park. Note that all picnic spots in West Vancouver parks are on a first come, first serve basis – but Whytecliff Park also features plenty of grassy areas if you’re unable to snag a table. In addition to a playground, beach and tennis courts, there’s also a concession open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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