6 scenic stroller-friendly walks in Vancouver
Spring has sprung in Vancouver. Take advantage of the rays by grabbing some fresh air, a coffee, and taking your baby on these stroller-friendly walks around the city.
Whether it’s the seawall from Olympic Village to Granville Island; Yaletown to English Bay, or any part of Stanley Park, you can’t go wrong with Vancouver’s world famous seawall. Paved for easy rolling, and winding along the ocean for miles, the views are magnificent, the people watching equally so, and of course, there are plenty of stops for playground fun, beach combing, swimming, ice cream, snacks or just sitting in the sunshine.
Five stroller friendly urban hikes
John Hendry Park (Trout Lake)
Plenty of stroller traffic on these smooth trails. With scenic mountain views, a peaceful lake, a revamped playground, community centre, and a popular off-leash dog park, this is the perfect go-to spot for families. Tons of free parking, and just a short walk from the SkyTrain’s Broadway Station.
3300 Victoria Drive and E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Pier Park, New Westminster
Westminster Pier Park is anticipated to re-open in April 2021 after a fire destroyed the giant W and parts of the pier — weather dependent.
The pier park reno at the New West Quay is a family fave. This paved and wooden boardwalk along the Fraser River is dotted with playgrounds, fun super chairs, steps, a cafe (for ice cream or fries), swinging hammocks made from rubber, gorgeous yellow beach umbrellas, a volley ball court and of course the epic WOW Westminster “W” (made from shipping containers), perfect for running around and the obligatory photo op. If you have one in a stroller and one on a ride bike or scooter, this walk and play adventure works perfectly. NB: The giant W was sadly destroyed in a recent fire.
Located near the seawall, this one-kilometre stroll is filled with nature, wildlife, and compacted gravel pathways for a smooth walk with baby. For easy access, enter through Pipeline Road and follow Beaver Lake Trail on the south side. Make sure to order a small latte though, no washrooms here.
A fully-accessible seaside stroll with views of downtown and Stanley Park. If you want to stop for some free-range exercise, this park is equipped with a playground, and an off-leash dog park for the furry member of your family, plus a dog-friendly portion of beach too. Washrooms with change tables and picnic areas are also available.
1150 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Lonsdale Quay Market
Take in the view of the city from the North Shore’s waterfront. There’s always something new to discover on an afternoon stroll at the Quay. Listen for an impromptu concert from a local band in the waterfront plaza. Raining? No problem. Peruse the market’s shops, or hit the play area.
123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Angela Robertson is a writer, mother of two and classic rock aficionado. She spends way too much money on sour keys, and when she’s not spinning her records for her kids, she’s blogging about them at Rock ‘n’ Rattle.
Great ideas and tips!
Then COVID came to visit~ So now we are restricted to home and being potentially being forced (albeit at the moment it’s being Gov’t mentioned) so having an article at least to dream of better days is good! Thanks for the article! PS. I’m in Ontario and have had the opportunity to live out West at several moments in life particularly in 70’s and it was fabulous! I recall Stanley Park as a kid and the wonder of the green forests and those immense trees still excite my insides!