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We are the only municipality in Canada with an elected park board, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.  

The Park Board operates:

  • 240 parks
  • Destination gardens
  • 24 community centres with swimming pools, arenas, and playing fields
  • Three championship golf courses

Our 404-hectare Stanley Park (1,000 acres) is considered one of the top urban parks in the world with ancient cedars, wildlife, rainforest ecology, vibrant art and attractions, and a seawall path used by millions of walkers and cyclists a year.

Our parks, recreation, and cultural assets are prized by Vancouverites and visitors as some of the finest in the world. Please help us protect and preserve them for future generations.


Facilities and schedules

Find Vancouver sports fields, courts, golf courses, ice rinks, fitness centres, pools, water parks, marinas, community centres, and gyms.

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Find and register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at Vancouver recreation facilities....

Parks, gardens, and beaches

Visit one of our stunning parks, gardens, and beaches. Rain or shine, our city's physical splendour can inspire and soothe you.

Plan and book an event

Find information about planning and booking events in Vancouver parks and facilities including weddings, meetings, and special events

Passes, discounts, and gift cards

Learn how you can save money on Park Board programs and services with fitness passes, group rates, low-income discounts, and gift cards.

Recreational activities

Take a look at the types of recreational activities we offer in Vancouver, from swimming to pottery.

Improving parks and recreation

We are continually working to improve parks, trails, and recreation facilities. Explore our ongoing projects.

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

The Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation provides, preserves, and advocates for parks and recreation services to benefit all.

New community centre agreement

The Park Board is writing a new chapter in its relationship with Community Centre Associations.

What's new at Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Events at Park facilities

Gingerbread House Making 

Tue, Dec 12, 5:00pm–7:00pm
Kerrisdale Community Centre

Gingerbread House Making 

Tue, Dec 12, 5:00pm–7:00pm
Kerrisdale Community Centre

Makeover Your Style 

Thu, Dec 14, 6:15pm–9:15pm
Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Beyond the Blue Box Recycle Depot 

Sat, Dec 16, 9:00am–12:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Holly Jolly Holiday Event 

Sun, Dec 17, 10:00am–12:00pm
Creekside Community Recreation Centre

Family Chanukah Party at Trout Lake 

Sun, Dec 17, 11:00am–12:30pm
Trout Lake Community Centre

Winter Solstice Coffee House 

Sun, Dec 17, 7:00pm–9:30pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Bank Smart Collingwood - Students' Financial Futures 

Tue, Dec 19, 5:00pm–7:00pm
Renfrew Park Community Centre

Brit Chill Holiday Skate 

Sat, Dec 23, 1:00pm–3:30pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

International Urban Forestry Congress 2018 

Sun, Sep 30, 8:00am–8:00pm

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