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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

Up-Close: Art by the Vancouver en plein air Group 

Sat, Apr 1, 2:00pm–4:00pm
VanDusen Botanical Garden

Beginner Belly Dance Class - Free Trial 

Sun, Apr 2, 4:30pm–6:00pm
Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Britannia Renewal Speaker Series 

Mon, Apr 3, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Britannia Community Services Centre

Zumba - Free Trial Class 

Mon, Apr 3, 6:45pm–7:45pm
Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Open House: Commemorative Design to Honour Irish-Canadians 

Tue, Apr 4, 3:00pm–7:00pm
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Zumba - Free Trial Class 

Tue, Apr 4, 6:35pm–7:35pm
Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Zumba Gold - Free Trial 

Thu, Apr 6, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre

Coal Harbour Community Centre Easter Carnival

Sat, Apr 8, 10:00am–12:00pm
Coal Harbour Community Centre

Easter Carnival (2-7yrs) – Spring 2017 CHCC 

Sat, Apr 8, 10:00am–12:00pm
Coal Harbour Community Centre

Stanley Park Train Easter Preview 

Sat, Apr 8, 10:00am
Stanley Park Railway

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