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Restaurants in Vancouver Parks

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 — 12:55pm PDT
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Stunning views, towering trees, and lush grassy hills make local parks the perfect place for a stroll, a bike ride, and even a picnic or a fine meal. There are over a dozen restaurants in Vancouver Parks and the latest addition is the new Cactus Club on English Bay.

Cactus Club Cafe English Bay Cactus Club Cafe English Bay
Photos courtesy of Cactus Club Cafe

ENGLISH BAY: Cactus Club Cafe
A great place to stop along the sea wall, to and from Stanley Park, or to spend a whole in the sand by the water. This is Vancouver’s newest sea-side restaurant, located next to the bath house right along Beach Avenue. Stop by to try your favourite Cactus Club menu items and enjoy the sunset.

HARBOUR GREEN PARK: Mill Marine Bistro
This is one of our favourite watering holes paired with a view of Coal Harbour, float planes, Harbour Green Park, Stanley Park, and the North Shore mountains. Try one of their various Caesars on a Sunday morning after a sea wall stroll.

KITSILANO BEACH PARK: Boathouse Restaurant
A local seafood institution, The Boathouse is your best bet for brunch, bennies, and a lobster bisque. Enjoy great views of the city and explore Kitsilano’s waterfront or West 4th shopping district just up the hill.

QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK: Seasons in the Park
Atop Vancouver’s Little Mountain, Seasons caps off the lush and beautiful gardens in Queen Elizabeth Park. Another great sunset spot or brunch destination with panoramic views of the city.

Seasons in the Park

STANLEY PARK: Fish House, Prospect Point Cafe, The Teahouse, Stanley’s Park Bar and Grill
Hike up to the Prospect Point Cafe and enjoy a pint while traffic rushes by on the Lions Gate and tour buses line the lot at this famous lookout. Walk over to the Fish House Restaurant from the West End or enjoy a romantic evening at The Teahouse.

Cap off a tour of the 55-acre gardens and seasonal displays with lunch or dinner selections from the West Coast-inspired menu.

GOLF CLUBHOUSES: Fraserview Golf Course, Langara Golf Course, McCleery Golf Course
Vancouver’s golf courses are a great place to get outdoors, practice your swing, entertain clients, and enjoy time with friends. The clubhouses offer a selection of dining options as well as event hosting and catering for larger groups.

To promote dining in Vancouver parks, Cactus Club Cafe has generously offered up a $50 gift card for one of my readers so that they can enjoy the new English Bay location.


  • Leave a comment naming your favourite Vancouver park (1 entry)
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 11:00am next Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Update The winner is Christina! (Comment March 7, 2:27pm)

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  1. Johanna D. says:

    Queen E Park where I was proposed to!

  2. Aaron B. says:

    Stanley Park

  3. Donna L says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve been to both Stanley Park and Queen E park, but I have fond memories of both. Especially Stanley Park, and going around the whole seawall on a warm summer evening.

  4. Brenda says:

    Hadden Park

  5. Cliff says:

    Jericho Park

  6. Nabila Harjee says:

    Ambleside is my favourite!

  7. Peggy liu says:


  8. Rosalind says:

    As I was growing up, my parents always took me on walks at Queen E, so it’s always brought back wonderful memories!

  9. Hayley says:

    Stanley park <3

  10. Marina says:

    I spent my summers enjoying Stanley Park with my family, so that would have to be my answer. Although we spent a lot of time at Queen Elizabeth park as well, oftentimes for a picnic lunch before a C’s game!

  11. Johanie M. says:

    I love Stanley Park!

  12. Kevin says:

    Vancouver is blessed with having so many great parks, but Stanley Park is still my favourite. Have way too many fond memories of bbq’s as a child to not vote it as my #1

  13. Tracy says:

    Kitsilano beach park

  14. alicia says:

    Definitely Queen Elizabeth! My dad worked as a waiter there when it was the Quarry House, with his brother, and served the Queen when she visited!

  15. Joanne says:

    Stanley Park ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Elysia S says:

    Stanley Park

  17. Leanne M says:

    I love stanley park

  18. anne says:

    i love Riley Park because it has the best playground and my little guy is happy there for hours!

  19. Leslie says:

    Definitely Stanley Park!

  20. Michelle says:

    Being one of the top parks in North America and directly in my backyard, my vote is for Stanley Park. From the diverse topology to the very wide range of activities that the Park offers, it really doesn’t get better than Stanley Park.

  21. Erin says:

    Definitely Stanley Park. SO gorgeous!

  22. ag. says:

    I love getting lost in Stanley Park!

  23. Vivian says:

    Stanley Park – lots to do and see and just a ridiculous amount of PARK! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Laura Thomas says:

    I’m a regular at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Best garden in the city!

  25. Lindsay says:

    Vanier park!

  26. Renfrew says:

    my kids and i love to grab a pizza and eat it at Stanley Park’s English Bay. Cactus Club would be a real treat!

  27. Deena says:

    Stanley Park! Love bike riding around there on a sunny evening

  28. Tintin says:

    Stanley Park for sure!

  29. Amy says:

    i love having sunday brunch at QE park!

  30. Stephanie S says:

    Stanley Park is my fave ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Alex says:

    Stanley Park

  32. Ruby B says:

    Stanley Park — growing up my parents always took us there and we loved going to the zoo and the aquarium.

  33. Megan says:

    Stanley Park for sure.

  34. Randy B says:

    I enjoy Kits Beach .. u get beach, park, pool and lots of room to lounge!

  35. Harinder B says:

    Stanley Park … great for keeping the kids busy

  36. Robin B says:

    Stanley Park! Special times with my family and my partner.

  37. Sonya B says:

    Vanier Park … enjoy heading down there to watch the annual fireworks.

  38. Harinder B says:

    Stanley Park … great way to keep the kids busy.

  39. Daniel says:

    Stanley Park.

  40. Kiran says:

    Kits Beach park is my favorite! Great location – close to downtown, Starbucks across the street, footsteps to the ocean!

  41. P Zapasnik says:

    Stanley Park. That’s a no brainer. Most beautiful in the entire city.

  42. Gigi says:

    My favourite park would have to Vanier Park!

  43. Jan says:

    Stanley Park

  44. Michael says:

    I love Stanley Park

  45. Elizabeth B says:

    My favorite has to be Queen Elizabeth Park…I love the Bloedel Conservatory and the beautiful grounds ๐Ÿ™‚ Tweeted too!

  46. Christina says:

    Stanley of course!

  47. Joanna Tang says:

    Stanley Park!!

  48. Stanley Park-it’s the jewel of the city. When I was little, (4 years old) having moved here from Winnipeg, I thought it was magic. I still believe it is. It’s my favourite place in the whole city.

    P.S. The new English Bay Cactus Club restaurant looks stunning!

  49. Stephanie says:

    Stanley Park. Every time I venture into the park it is a glorious adventure.

  50. Phy says:

    Stanley park!

  51. Jeremy says:

    I love Stanley Park!!!

  52. Jen says:

    Pacific Spirit Park is one of my favourites ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. J says:

    DEFINITELY Stanley Park

  54. Andrea says:

    Crab Park!

  55. JKo says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park. Great childhood memories with family.

  56. belinda says:

    Stanley Park – I’ve been eyeing the new English Bay Cactus club for months. It will be an awesome place to enjoy the fireworks during the summer.

  57. Chelsea says:

    it’s gotta be Stanley!

  58. Samantha says:

    Ambleside holds childhood memories but Stanley has my heart, it’s epic

  59. Stephanie says:

    Stanley park has so much to offer and it’s so beautiful!

  60. SMa says:

    Stanley Park!!!

  61. Chelle says:

    I love visiting Queen Elizabeth park–stop for a bit in the Bloedel Conservatory and then wander around the gardens outside.

  62. Jenn says:

    Stanley Park!

  63. Carmelle says:

    I’d have to say Queen Elizabeth’s Park!

  64. Julie says:

    Stanley Park

  65. Karen says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park holds special memories for me, as a child we played all around those shallow water pools and cool art works scattered throughout the park. I have never eaten at Seasons in the Park, but will make a point of it this summer with my hubby on a date night.

  66. vincent says:

    it’s gotta be QE XD

  67. Christine says:

    Stanley Park!

  68. harjit says:

    Stanley Park! Love the sea-wall ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Sanaz says:

    Stanley Park

  70. Rachel says:

    Stanley Park!

  71. Dilara says:

    I don’t go very often but Stanley Park is definitely my favorite.

  72. winnie says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park.

  73. Tiffany L says:

    QE park ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Gracie Lewis says:

    English bay area of Stanley Park is the best view in the city

  75. Andrea G. says:

    Eager to check out the new Cactus Club. Thanks!

  76. Jenny says:

    Definitely Queen Elizabeth Park

  77. coral says:

    Stanley Park:)

  78. Brandon says:

    Stanley park is my fav

  79. Ming C says:

    Have to go with Stanley Park

  80. Natalie says:

    Stanley Park for sure!

  81. Chris C says:

    Stanley Park

  82. Sue says:

    Crab Park!

  83. Don McQueen says:

    Favourite park is Stanley Park

  84. Dave says:

    Stanley Park

  85. Harold Victor says:

    Stanley Park, of course!

  86. Sunshine G says:

    Stanley Park, no question.

  87. Evan says:

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre – great place for visitors and locals alike.

  88. Christina says:

    Stanley Park

  89. Tript says:

    when I was younger my fav park was Queen Elizabeth, now it’s Stanley park, love the seawall!

  90. Chante Smiechowski says:

    I love Stanley Park ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. Beth N says:

    Stanley Park, closely followed by Kits Beach Park.

  92. william h says:

    definately Stanley Park

  93. Dennis L. says:

    Stanley Park

  94. Lawrence says:

    Stanley Park

  95. Gudrun says:

    Stanley Park

  96. Katie says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park

  97. Tooth Fairy says:

    Sweet childhood memories in Queen Elizabeth Park!

  98. Amanda says:

    Stanley Park – Love the Sea Wall!

  99. Cindy KS says:

    QE park is my favorite!

  100. tracy says:

    can never get enough of Stanley Park in the summer

  101. Stanley Park! A hop, skip, and a jump from home

  102. Nadia says:

    I really love Jericho and English Bay, both

  103. Albert C says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park

  104. Janina says:

    English Bay!

  105. Thao Nguyen says:

    The Boathouse at Kits Beach does have a pretty amazing view!

  106. Jeff says:

    Charleson Park

  107. Stanley Park…so many things to do and see & so many places to stop and relax.

  108. lor says:

    Have to go with Stanley Park ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. Rebecca says:

    Stanley Park

  110. Karen Larson says:

    Stanley Park hasn’t changed much since I was a little girl. My fav.

  111. shannon says:

    Stanley park in fall!!

  112. Scott says:

    queen elizabeth park

  113. sharon says:

    Stanley Park

  114. Linda says:

    Stanley Park. It’s EPIC ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Tony says:

    It’s got to be Stanley Park.

  116. Elena says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park for the view. This place is beautiful whatever season, whatever weather.

  117. Actually prefer the neighbourhood park by my place in East Van.

  118. Ursula says:

    Queen Elizabeth! Love the view.

  119. kahhlee says:

    Seasons in the Park

  120. kahhlee says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park

  121. Greg says:

    Stanley Park

  122. Jason says:

    It’s got to be Stanley Park. Been going there for 32 years.

  123. Steph :) says:

    Right now my fave park is Morton Park as the laughing statues have attracted all sorts of people who enjoy them and take photos with them.

  124. Valerie says:

    UBC endowment lands! So nice for running!

  125. isha says:

    Stanley Park

  126. David says:

    Stanley Park is my favourite.

  127. Lynn says:

    Trout Lake!

  128. Tracy says:

    Stanley Park.

  129. Jane says:

    Queen Elizabeth! Not too busy & beautiful plants!

  130. Mae says:

    How can you not pick the spectacular and iconic Stanley Park? Oh wait, but there’s VanDusen, UBC Nitobe Gardens, QE… Oh boy it DOES get tough!

  131. Thomas says:

    QE Park

  132. vanessa says:

    stanley park!

  133. Sarah M says:

    Stanley Park:)

  134. Christine says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park ๐Ÿ™‚

  135. Carol says:

    I love Queen Elizabeth park, especially in the spring when all the trees start flowering.

  136. David says:

    Queen Elizabeth park, great tennis courts!

  137. Elizabeth says:

    Stanley Park! so much history and the backdrop of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore is unbeatable!

  138. nance428 says:

    gladstone park down by marine drive – it has great sunset views and great place to walk your doggies

  139. Jennifer M. says:

    Queen E Park! I had my wedding photos taken there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  140. au07 says:

    Stanley Park is my fave, as this park was created/opened year 1888 by David O. There are lots to explore on this park as this is open all year. To name a few, you can look for the Lord Stanley statue,Totem Poles, Girl in a Wetsuit statue,etc. You are invited to one of the National Historic sites of Canada.

  141. Haley says:

    English Bay!

  142. James Wang (@t4iw4n33z) says:

    stanley park

  143. grace says:

    Stanley Park!

  144. Robyn says:

    Lighthouse Park in West Van, or Jericho Beach

  145. Aimie Mac says:

    Stanley Park, I can see it out of every window in our apartment ๐Ÿ™‚

  146. Navi D says:

    Stanley park!

  147. Kristine Li says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park!

  148. Ally says:

    stanley park of course!

  149. Kinga Gorski says:

    Love Queen Elizabeth park, so beautiful there! (But what park in Vancouver isn’t, right..) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  150. @Tim604 says:

    Stanley Park, a photographer’s playground.

  151. tania says:

    Stanley Park

  152. rino says:

    Stanley Park

  153. Mary says:


  154. ashlee says:

    stanley park ๐Ÿ™‚

  155. Wendy says:

    Without a doubt, it has to be the world renowed Stanley Park.
    This Park has so much to offer irregardless the time of the year.

  156. Rosaline says:

    Emery Barnes Park

  157. Stanley Park is my all time Favorite!
    I like it so much, I got a Job there.

  158. chrissy says:

    Queen E park!

  159. Bernadette says:

    Stanley Park the best in the world!

  160. Imaan Hajee says:

    English Bay!

  161. DB says:

    Deer Lake

  162. Vince says:

    Stanley Park – I walk there a lot!

  163. Michael Kwan says:

    Queen E, probably.

    As an aside, there’s also Horizons on Burnaby Mountain, though I guess that’s not technically Vancouver.

  164. jeanna says:

    i love stanley park…….so many childhood memeories, mine&those of my children=D!<3

  165. Meline says:

    Jericho Beach because of the cute rabbits there!

  166. Yudi says:

    Stanley Park is the most beautiful park here.

  167. Ana says:

    Burrard View Park

  168. Lyndsey says:

    I love Stanely Park;)

  169. Shannon Mac says:

    oooh it would have to be Stanley Park. It’s great for family, excercise, dates and in all sorts of weather.

  170. maria says:

    Stanley park

  171. Jackie says:

    Trimble Park is my fav.!

  172. Aimee says:

    Stanley Park — so many things for families to do there.

  173. Lauren says:

    Stanley Park is the best, our dog Dawson loves it as much as we do!

  174. Bons says:

    Really like Stanley Park!

  175. Maryanne says:

    Stanley Park for sure.

  176. janice montroy says:

    Stanley Park

  177. AR says:

    Hands down Stanley Park

  178. Helen says:

    Stanley Park!

  179. Chito says:

    David Lam Park… especially during jazz festival

  180. Anne says:

    Stanley Park all the way.

  181. Pam says:

    Stanley Park

  182. Brenda says:

    Kits beach

  183. Brenda says:

    Whoops that’s a beach.. stanley park then!

  184. Vanessa says:

    Queen’s E

  185. Lucy Riches says:

    Stanley Park. Spent my birthday yesterday riding the seawall!

  186. Manuel says:

    Hard to choose…Stanley Park is so awesome in the summer for bike riding though!

  187. Safiq Maje says:

    Stanley park would have to be my favorite.

  188. John McNeill says:

    I drive South on Denman and East on Beach every day on the way into work and every day I’m thankful to live in such a wonderful part of our planet. Watching the development on the beach side of English Bay over the last months I thought it must have been a city project due to the unique location…what a surprise to see it become a Cactus Club. These folks are truly at the top of their game – must be to have secured that spot…can’t wait to go.

  189. Eileen says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park

  190. jeanie says:

    love love stanley park! =D

  191. stephanie says:

    Stanley Park

  192. colleen says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park.
    We were at Seasons in the Park on Wednesday night!
    What a beautiful view………….

  193. Christina says:

    Trout Lake – dog friendly ๐Ÿ™‚

  194. Ro says:

    Queen E Park for sure!

  195. Greg says:

    There is nowhere more magical than Stanley Park

  196. Angela griffin says:

    My favorite park is Stanley park

  197. Mine Gismondi says:

    Stanley park of course

  198. Andrew says:

    Stanley Park

  199. Janice says:

    Is it too cliche to say Stanley Park? Too bad. Stanley Park!

  200. Kevyn says:

    Stanley Park! It has everything to offer

  201. Debbie F says:

    Stanley Park.

  202. Aramesh says:

    Stanley Park of course!

  203. Jackie says:

    Stanley Park is healing to the soul. Love it there!

  204. Sherry F says:

    Has to be Stanley Park

  205. laurel says:

    hum, Stanley Park is the place we always go to when I am visiting, thanks @tomgirlbc

  206. arehmat says:

    Stanley Park

  207. Teresa K says:

    Stanley Park

  208. Kimberly says:

    Stanley Park!

  209. Linda says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park – small duck pond.

  210. Bradley says:

    Stanley Park – (3rd beach specifically!)

  211. Iain says:


  212. Lindsay says:

    Queen E!

  213. Joanna says:

    Stanley Park

  214. Lindsey says:

    Definitely Stanley Park!

  215. Kevin Walton says:

    QE park!

  216. Mercedes Book says:

    Stanley Park, can’t be beat.

  217. Michelle says:

    beautiful views at vanier park!

  218. Rob says:

    Stanley Park is always nice anytime of year!

  219. michael says:

    Stanley Park!!

  220. Andrea says:

    Choklit Park – Super close to where I am living and such a hidden gem! Great place to take a seat, drink a cup of coffee, and enjoy the view of Downtown Vancouver!

  221. Tiffany says:

    I don’t know the name but I like the dog beach in Kits.

  222. Amrit says:

    Stanley Park! Went to see my favourite band play there and had fun even in the rain.

  223. Sharelle Dayco says:

    Stanley Park!

  224. DB says:

    stanley park

  225. Vince says:

    Queen Elizabeth Park for me!

  226. Tina says:

    Stanley Park

  227. Siobhan S. says:

    Portside Park is a great little park just off of Main Street and Alexander on the Waterfront.

  228. Nicole Delgiglio says:

    Stanley park, in the sunshine!!

  229. icitea/Clare says:

    I love the Stanley! Lots of room for meetups.

  230. John Mah says:

    Stanley Park!

  231. Theresa says:

    I love Trout Lake!

  232. Julie says:

    Trout Lake Park!

  233. Robyn says:

    Does Third Beach count? I suppose that is Stanley Park. ๐Ÿ™‚

  234. Nicole says:

    Crab Park! Great to watch ships in the summer!

  235. Naomi says:

    Stanley Park! I can wander around for dayyss!

  236. Jeff says:

    Gotta be Stanley Park!!

  237. Mary says:

    stanley park

  238. tina says:

    queen elizabeth park! lovin the beautiful flowers in the springtime

  239. Sean says:

    Seasons at QE Park is delicious but I want to try the new Cactus Club!

  240. jocelyne says:

    Queen E!

  241. Leora says:

    Stanley Park

  242. cindy quach says:

    vanier on the water

  243. Kim says:

    Stanley park!!

  244. Nancy says:

    Stanley Park is my favourite but Garry Point Park in Richmond is a close second!

  245. Priscilla says:

    Like most other people here, I love Stanley Park!

  246. CG says:

    Stanley Park seawall, hands down. The Ambleside Park seawall in West Vancouver is equally enjoyable and beautiful though!

  247. Erica says:

    Stanley Park seems to be everyone’s favourite but mine has to be UBC Spirit Park since it was place to find peace during stressful exam time @ UBC for me ๐Ÿ™‚ The scenery and beauty of storming waves are obviously the winner for Stanley Park; however, the calmness and quiet peacefulness at Spirit Park is something that connects your mind to the life of living souls inside the park ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, seawall is great addition that allows people to walk around the entire park while enjoying the beauty created by the mother nature =) It would be great if I can walk around the park on a beautiful Vancouver weekend and enjoy brunch at the Cactus Club Cafe ๐Ÿ™‚

  248. Gigi says:

    I have always adored Queen Elizabeth Park. Love the flowers and the water foundations. I live closeby since I was young, and my parents have always brought me there. So much to explore there.

  249. Mark says:

    Would love to take my wife, we were married at QE Park…

  250. Jenn S says:

    Stanley Park

  251. Emily H says:

    I love Queen Elizabeth Park! It’s GORGEOUS.

  252. Stotes says:

    Stanley Park!

  253. Von says:

    Stanley Park!

  254. Dawn says:

    Stanley Park!

  255. Michelle says:

    Trout Lake!

  256. Nicole says:

    I love vandusen gardens! So pretty!

  257. Cassie P says:

    Kits Beach is definitely the best, beautiful and great for volleyball!

  258. Michelle Wong says:

    My favorite park is Queen Elizabeth Park. Especially in the Spring/Summer. the flowers there are so beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  259. Sigrid says:

    Stanley Park

  260. Harj says:

    Stanley Park, no question

  261. Angela M says:

    Nothing beats Stanley Park for me. Such great memories as a child.

  262. Nem says:

    Stanley park!

  263. pawspix says:

    Spanish Bank Beach great park for dogs too!

  264. Miss dee says:

    Stanley Park!

  265. Andrea says:

    Definitely Queen Elizabeth Park.

  266. Vanessa says:

    Ambleside Park for sure!

  267. Levi says:


  268. Lloyd says:

    Stanley park

  269. Dianne Chow says:

    My favorite would be Stanley Park as I like to do the seawall on the weekends when it’s nice

  270. linda says:

    Stanley Park!

  271. Grace says:

    QE Park because of the beautiful flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  272. Kate says:

    Stanley Park!

  273. Janet says:

    My favourite is QE Park!

  274. Chista says:

    queen e park!

  275. Sam says:

    Fav Vancouver park is QE Park!

  276. allyson says:


  277. Jeannette says:

    I love my small neighbourhood parks, but Stanley Park is an amazing treasure!

  278. Martha says:

    I would say Queen elizabeth; excellent views!

  279. Christie C says:

    Love Stanley Park. It’s amazing!

  280. Ocean says:

    Stanley Park

  281. E. Tang says:

    Garry Point in Richmond

  282. Dana says:


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