Frequently Asked Questions
Where do we meet?
We begin our walking tour at the top of the Third Beach stairs. These stairs lead to the Third Beach concession stand and are very large stone stairs and hard to miss. I will be standing at the top of the stairs exactly where the star icon is on this map of third beach.
How do I get to Third Beach?
Ride-Hailing: You can catch a short and cheap uber, lyft, or taxi-ride from downtown Vancouver through scenic Stanley Park Drive around the park to Third Beach.
Driving: Drive around the historic Stanley Park Drive to the Third Beach parking lot. You can shorten the drive by cutting through the park via Pipeline Road and then wrap around the remainder of Stanley Park Drive to Third Beach. At Third Beach there is a large parking lot beside the concession stand and there is paid parking.
Walking: From English Bay you can walk to Third Beach via the famous Seawall and take in the beautiful views of Burrard Inlet on a 25 minute walk along the shores of Stanley Park. There is no public transit that goes to Third Beach directly.
Biking: For a very short bike ride to Third Beach start by biking to Second Beach and then connect to Rawlings Trail and go towards Third Beach. For a much longer more scenic bike, you can go around the whole seawall on your bike, or alternatively ride your bike on Stanley Park Drive all the way to Third Beach. There are many areas to lock your bike at third beach.
ShawGo Rental Bikes: There is a ShawGo drop-off station for ShawGo rental bikes (mobibikes.ca)
How long is the tour?
The walking tour is around 3 hours long. The time is a little flexible because sometimes people want to spend more time at certain trees and the walking speed of groups varies.
What should I wear?
This is a walking tour through a forest without paved paths, so please wear appropriate footwear for a nature walk through dirt and gravel trails. It rains A LOT in Vancouver, so please check the forecast and prepare for rain. Even if the skies look a little grey the weather can change quickly. This is especially true for fall, winter, and spring months.
What if its raining?
The tours are rain or shine! So if its raining wear a raincoat and water resistant pants or rain pants. There are no cancelations or refunds for poor weather.
What is the cancellation Policy?
You can cancel your tour 24 hours before the start time you booked.
What should I bring?
Dress appropriately for the weather, and wear proper footwear for unpaved nature trails. Bring water and snacks if you need a bit of fuel while we walk around for an hour and a half. We start the tour at a concession stand so you can stock up on whatever your heart desires as far as drinks and food before or after the tour.
Are there washroom breaks
on the tour?
We start and end the tour at an area that has public washrooms. While on the walking tour there will be no washrooms on the trails within the park.