The Best Parks in East Vancouver

Queen Elizabeth Park

Vancouver is home to some great parks and we wanted to put together a list of the best parks in East Van.  Here is our top 5 list.

Top 5 Parks in East Van

Queen Elizabeth Park

When it comes to the best parks in East Vancouver, it’s impossible not to say Queen Elizabeth Park.  Although the formal address is 4600 Cambie Street, the majority of the park is in East Van so we will count this as a local park.  Queen E Park is a 52-hectare park that has something for everyone.  It is also the highest point in Vancouver and has great views of the city and North Shore mountains.  Some of the attractions of the park include:

  • Quarry Gardens –  a massive garden full of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals.
  • Arboretum – home to more than 1500 trees from around the world.
  • Rose Garden – built in 1967 this rose garden has a variety of rose species.
  • Pitch & Putt – an short 18 hole course with no holes over 110 yards.
  • Basketball Courts – 3 basketball courts free for all.
  • Roller Hockey – 2 roller hockey rinks that often get pick up games in the evenings.
  • Frisbee Golf (FROLF) – a full course of frisbee golf free for all.
  • Tennis Courts – 17 tennis courts free for use.
  • Lawn Bowling – The Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club is open during warmer months.
  • DiningSeasons in the Park is a luxury dining experience

Trout Lake Park

Located at 3300 Victoria Drive (at 15th Ave) this park is also known as John Hendry Park.  It is a 27-hectare park with a great off leash dog park and small lake for dogs. Trout Lake Community Centre is also located on the park and is home to 2 baseball fields, 1 ball hockey court, 3 tennis courts, 1 skating rink and 2 soccer fields.  Trout Lake is also home to one of the best farmers markets in the Spring and Summer months.

Norquay Park

Located at 5050 Wales St (Kingsway and 35th Ave) Norquay Park is a great park for kids.  Newly renovated kids play area in 2011, featuring a great water park make this a very family friendly park in the summers.  A basketball court and 2 baseball fields are also available all year round.

Mt. Pleasant Park

Located at 3161 Ontario St. (16th Ave) Mt. Pleasant Park has a small skateboard park, a kids play area, a basketball court and a nice grassy area with picnic tables.  In the summer you will find a very eclectic “Main Street” crowd having after work pops and bbq’s.

Mt Pleasant Park in Vancouver BC

Strathcona Park

Located at 857 Malkin Ave (Hawks Ave), Strathcona Park is over 10 hectares of green space located in the heart of Strathcona. Strathcona park has everything covered: basketball court, baseball diamonds, skate park, soccer fields, tennis courts, playground,  and off-leash dog areas.

Strathcona Park in Vancouver, BC

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