Stanley Park boasts a great network of runnable trails. Much of the trail system in this 400-hectare urban park is left over from logging operations which were active in the decades before the park was established by Lord Stanley in 1888. The crushed gravel and bark mulch trails offer a nice break from the asphalt and concrete of the roads and running paths which lead to the park from English Bay and Coal Harbour in the south and from the Lion’s Gate Bridge to the north. Runners looking for a decent hill workout, can find numerous ways to reach Prospect Point, the highest point in the park at around 200′ above sea level, while those who prefer their trails flat and paved, can stick to the nearly 9 km-long Seawall path around the circumference of the park which offers great views with little chance of getting lost.
A few years back, in the days before everyone and his dog owned a Garmin, there was a great site with an interactive Flash map of the Stanley Park trails designed by Jules Dennis. Sadly stanleyparkmap.com appears to have gone the way of the cotton race t-shirt and the finish line popsicle stick, and all that remains is this PDF version of Jules Dennis’s map.
Click here for the official Vancouver Park Board map of Stanley Park or for more info about Stanley Park check out the Park Board and Stanley Park Ecology Society websites.