Here at phil&teds we’re parents too, so we understand the challenges in the parenting day. One of these ongoing challenges is finding interesting, stroller friendly walks in your hometown.
We’re putting together an archive of places that are nice to visit and stroller friendly. Today,we’re going to focus on Canada, particularly popular stroller walks in Vancouver.
With a geography as diverse as its history and people, Canada is an exciting country to explore. Few places on earth have natural wonders as awe-inspiring as Canada. From coast to coast, each province offers its share of unique wonders. Whether it’s the pristine beauty of a northern lake, the rugged expanse of the Rocky Mountains, the rolling grasslands of the prairies, or the iconic red soils and lighthouses of the Maritimes; Canada inspires awe and offers an endless list of possibilities.
Today our lens is on stroller walks in Vancouver
Vancouver is regularly named as one of the world’s most liveable cities, and most Vancouverites believe this to be true.
Stanley Park is larger than New York’s Central Park, and is a superb place in Vancouver to take your stroller. With 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of idyllic beauty to cover, you’re going to want a guide to this recreational paradise.
There are a few distinct locations to visit while you’re there, so for this article, we’ll focus on them.
Stanley Park’s Seawall is an extreme popular stroller walk in Vancouver. If you have a few hours to explore, tackle the whole 8.8-kilometre (5.5-mile) section of the seawall that circles the perimeter of Stanley Park. The scenery of the city, mountains and ocean is unbeatable making it totally worth your time. Remember to take your camera, as there are many vantage points to snap people and beautiful landscapes.
The route is paved all around the park (the trails through the woods are not however), and there are lots of nice stops along the way.
While in Stanley Park make sure you visit the Lost Lagoon. Despite its name, this lagoon is easily spotted near the base of Stanley Park, just west of the Georgia Street entrance from downtown Vancouver. It’s tranquil, and there’s always something to see including ducks, swans, turtles, peacocks and racoons. There’s benches to sit and ponder the view, a nature house and a dock.
You can easily circumnavigate the lagoon via a stroller friendly path that is suitable for all types of stroller.
Lynn Headwaters is the largest of Vancouver’s regional parks, and it has many accessible stroller walks.
The Lynn Loop Trail is a 1.5-hour trail, with a round trip distance of 5.2 km (3.2 mi). It is stroller friendly and offers a smooth, level gravel-trail along the river. This walk guides you along a slight incline adjacent to the freshwater creek, and through the mountains and forest of North Vancouver.
Just follow the lower part of the trail, and you’ll enjoy some nice river and forest views, without having to go into the rough with the stroller.
The upper part of Lynn Loop involves stairs, rougher terrain and steeper inclines and is not for strollers.
At 6.5 km long, Crescent Rock Beach is located in White Rock, south of Vancouver. There’s a gravel trail along the beach that is perfect for strollers and for small children.
The beach is great for beach-combing, digging in the sand, throwing rocks or just sitting down and having a snack. It’s also an amazing place for some serious sandcastle-building, and the sunsets can be spectacular.
The pathways are also wide, giving you lots of room to walk with a stroller, and the gravel path travels from the main street along the water so there’s always lots to see.
We recommend taking an all terrain stroller for this walk, as it gives you the option to meander onto the beach.
Granville Island is a great place to go shopping, or eating, or walking. The Granville Island Public Market operates year-round in an enclosed facility where customers can purchase fresh produce, meat, fish and seafood, cheeses and other products, many locally sourced.
There’s a walkway that goes around Granville Island that follows the water. It’s easy walking, and it goes right past the playground and water-park. It’s perfect for a stroller walk and can double as an excellent shopping destination.
This walk is suitable for all type of stroller, 3 or 4 wheel.
False Creek North
This area of downtown Vancouver, along the inlet known as False Creek, makes for a great urban walk.
The False Creek North Walk is 2.4km, and approximately 3,202 steps. Travelling along the seawall, the route passes beneath all three bridges and through several of downtown Vancouver’s carefully developed waterfront communities.The paths are all paved, and there are little parks and playgrounds along the way for you and your kids to enjoy.
Rocky Point Park – Port Moody
Situated along Burrard Inlet in Port Moody, next to the Port Moody Station Museum, this park is 3.8 hectares in size, and is the most well-known park in Port Moody.
Rocky Point has a variety of amenities, including a new playground, outdoor swimming pool, water park, skateboard park, boat launch, hiking and cycling trails, and wildlife viewing. A paved trail takes you from the boat launch and pier all the way to downtown Port Moody with many sights to see along the way.
Port Moody is another stroller walk in Vancouver that requires an all terrain stroller.
Westminster Pier Park – New Westminster
Located along the Fraser River, the Westminster Pier Park connects visitors to the mighty Fraser River. When combined with the Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk, it creates a magnificent 2.5km linear waterfront park.
Easy to get to and stroller-friendly, this paved and boarded boardwalk stretches along the north arm of the Fraser River. Along the way, you’ll find playgrounds, a beach, a few viewpoints and public art displays.
This is one of the stroller walks in Vancouver that is easily traversed by all type of stroller.
A final note about our stroller walks in Vancouver
All of these walks are easily traversed with a 3 or 4 wheel pram. Try using a hiking carrier if you are feeling a little more intrepid. What are your favourite stroller walks in Vancouver? Let us know by leaving a comment. Visit our stroller fit program if you’re interested in moving really fast to feel good and remember; adapt&survive and enjoy parenting!
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