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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 our parks, beaches, and trails

Find out how the Vancouver Park Board and City are working to maintain and improve Vancouver's parks, beaches, and trails.

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

Opening the Box of Light - Community Movement Series 

Tue, May 23, 3:15pm–5:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Britannia Renewal Speaker Series - Designing Safe Places 

Tue, May 23, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

VanPlay Chat: Dr Deborah Cohen - Parks That Move Us! 

Wed, May 24, 2:30pm–3:30pm
Creekside Community Recreation Centre

Britannia Annual General Meeting 

Wed, May 24, 6:00pm–9:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Intro to Vertical Gardening 

Wed, May 24, 6:30pm–9:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

China Creek North Park renewal open house

Thu, May 25, 3:00pm–6:00pm
China Creek North Park, beside the playground

Seaweed Pressing Workshop - SOLD OUT! 

Sat, May 27, 10:30am–12:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

SOLD OUT! Flower Photography Workshop 

Sat, May 27, 10:30am–4:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Spaces & Places Workshop - Public Outdoor Spaces 

Sat, May 27, 12:00pm–3:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Salmonberry Days Community Fair 

Sun, May 28, 11:00am–3:00pm
Dunbar Community Centre Association

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