One of the most common remarks you will hear when someone describes Stanley Park is how varied it is. It really seems to have it all; from its mighty forested areas, the perimeter seawall, the aquarium, miniature train, rose garden, swimming pool, totem poles, lakes, wildlife, solitude and beauty, spectacular views, high-class restaurants, and its beaches.
It is Third Beach that is perhaps Vancouver’s most-loved of all, giving locals that summertime escape from their workaday world where they can relax in true west coast style.
Situated on the western shore of Stanley Park, this beach is a place of stunning beauty. With Ferguson Point looking down upon the beach, the mountains to the north, the forest behind and the vast expanse of Burrard Inlet as your view to the west, it feels like paradise as you sit and take it all in. Those long summer evenings are a real treat, especially when someone plays a slow song on their guitar and you watch the sun go down over Bowen Island in the distance.
It is a gathering place and somewhere to feel like you are a hundred miles away from any city. When summer drifts into fall and the crowds begin to dwindle, it becomes the perfect place for solitude and contemplation. Still as beautiful and still that perfect place to get away from it all. For many, Third Beach is the best place in Stanley Park.