Stanley Park Seawall Trail

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Stanley Park

Stanley Park Seawall Trail is a 9.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.3 km Elevation Gain: 69 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

beach

forest

lake

paved

views

wild flowers

As Vancouver's largest and most famous, historic park, Stanley Park is extremely popular with both locals and tourists all year around. The heavily trafficked Seawall Loop Trail that surrounds the park hugs the perimeter shoreline and offers beautiful views from beginning to end. To be clear, this is not a hiking trail, and not even your typical smooth gravel walking path. It is smoothly paved all around with two separate side by side paths; the beachside for foot traffic and the inner one for bikes and rollerblades. Despite being so busy, the footpath is quite wide and there is usually enough room to pass when needed. It is very well suited for both strollers and wheelchairs. This trail is open 365 days a year which brings us to what is perhaps it's only drawback. When temperatures reach freezing, the paved path can accumulate very slippery black ice, so extra caution is required. A park conditions search is highly recommended during the winter months.  Parking is readily available at numerous lots throughout the park. However, none are free and prices vary depending on the season and chosen lot. An alternative option is to simply take transit. A convenient bus stop for both pick up and drop off is located right next to the Seawall. 

hiking
2 days ago

Nice flat trail, would be hard to enjoy as much when super busy. Great trail for kids.

hiking
4 days ago

Took 2 hours to finish this easy, relaxed and beautiful loop trail! This landmark trail bears lot of spectacular views over the downturn Vancouver, yacht and row boat clubs, beach, Lion Bridge and Lady in swimsuit statue.... Highly recommend for everyone!

16 days ago

One of the best trails around Vancouver with a beautiful views and great potential for many kinds of activities.

bike touring
16 days ago

can be busy and trails congested.

walking
25 days ago

Nice escape from the city - can get very busy some days. Careful of bikes on some portions, and depending on time of year can have lots of ice. Partial closures are not uncommon either.

1 month ago

Beautiful loop around the sea wall

walking
1 month ago

This was absolutely beautiful. We walked over 14 miles that day. Vancouver is absolutely stunning. I went in March and the weather was perfect for a stroll in Stanley Park. I can't wait to go back! You can walk, bike or run this path.

hiking
icy
2 months ago

Lovely bike ride with plenty of rental shops nearby. Still a bit icy in parts buts lots of people relaxing on the beaches

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect for a nice evening walk.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this the other day on roller blades- there was some icy spots (small areas) but it was amazing! Highly recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

Great simple trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Completed the loop in the evening after dark - No closures. Very few people. Was wonderful.

hiking
closed
4 months ago

The Seawall loop cannot be completed as of Jan16, 2020. There are two closed gates; one near Prospect Point and another at Siwash Rock. We got around the Prospect Point gate but failed at Siwash. Finished the loop by backtracking and using Merilee's Trail. So 15 km instead of 9.3 km

road biking
4 months ago

One of the best parts of Vancouver. Was there a year and half ago. Some parts are narrow, and so you are required to walk your bicycle. There was a lady that didn't listen, and fell into the sea. The current was really rough, and so she managed to get some nasty gashes before her and her bike were rescued. A few areas to stop and swim along the way. Biking is a brilliant way to see the park, very scenic.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail around Stanley park and to take your dog for a walk

hiking
6 months ago

paved throughout perimeter which makes biking & walking enjoyable. Many places to stop & sit & should take a little over an hour to complete. Definitely do this if you’re in the Vancouver area but expect many people!

Belle randonnée à vélo!

hiking
7 months ago

well maintained, beautiful trees

hiking
7 months ago

Great views, easy walk. At times very busy and it can even be packed with locals, tourists and bikers.

hiking
7 months ago

Its a very easy hike with lots of people and tourists. I recommend biking to do this trail

hiking
8 months ago

gorgeous flat trail. awesome for walking and biking. the views are stunning!

hiking
8 months ago

it's beautiful. super easy flat walk.

hiking
8 months ago

Very flat straightforward hike with some good views around Vancouver

hiking
8 months ago

Would not consider this a trail as it van also be easily biked, but a very nice loop around the beautiful city of Vancouver. A must if the weather allows it!

hiking
8 months ago

A bit crowded. Nice sandy beaches.

hiking
8 months ago

An all time favourite of mine and my husband’s, unbeatable views and convenient locations because I work downtown

hiking
9 months ago

A beautiful place so close to the city. I saw a beaver and lots of components and other birdlife. I would recommend getting off the main sea wall walk and taking the internal trails.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail. Perfectly paved for wheelchairs, bikes etc. Gorgeous views of the city and the ocean! :)

hiking
9 months ago

Great city hike! Busy and need to occasionally dodge cyclists, but it’s hard to fault a hike in the middle of a city with views this great.

road biking
9 months ago

The best bike ride we ever had! The view was ever-changing, the trails well maintained, and the weather!!

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