Downtown Vancouver is on a peninsula which includes Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the West End – all north and west of downtown Vancouver. The waters around it are Burrard Inlet (downtown) to the north and English Bay to the south. The Lions Gate Bridge crosses at First Narrows at the northern tip of Stanley Park.
Peninsula-Stanley Park includes the following features:
- Coal Harbour (1.7 km/1.1 mi)
- Stanley Park (8.9 km/5.5 mi)
- The West End (1.9 km/1.2 mi)
- Lion’s Gate Bridge
- West End (Denman) Shopping
- English Bay (First) Beach
- Second Beach
- Third Beach
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Summertime Festivals, Parades & Fireworks
Vancouver Coal Harbour, West End & Stanley Park (total about 12.6 km or 7.8 mi):
If one begins a ride from downtown intending to go around Stanley Park, this under two kilometer stretch along marinas and shiny condos is the beginning of the ride. Even if you’re not coming from downtown, but intending to go around Stanley Park, your ride may include a bit of Coal Harbour because Stanley Park bike traffic is one-way only, and you get to the park entrance from here.
A very popular 8-9 kilometer one-way circuit around the tip of the downtown peninsula that includes views of the North Shore and Lion’s Gate Bridge. Once completed you can optionally make a loop back to the park entrance and Coal Harbour or continue into False Creek via the West End.
A two kilometer southern sea-side route along English Bay beaches lining Vancouver’s residential West End. Leading on the east to downtown, to the Burrard Bridge and Yaletown in False Creek, south over to the other side of English Bay, or north to Coal Harbour.