Stanley Park - Response to COVID-19

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In March 2020, Stanley Park roads were closed to vehicle traffic as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the seawall more open to pedestrians to stay socially distant.

Let us know about your experience moving through Stanley Park

Have you had a chance to experience the temporary changes in Stanley Park either when cars were restricted from entering the park entirely, or afterwards when only one lane of traffic was dedicated to cars?

Tell us about your experience by taking the survey below.


Let us know about your experience moving through Stanley Park

Have you had a chance to experience the temporary changes in Stanley Park either when cars were restricted from entering the park entirely, or afterwards when only one lane of traffic was dedicated to cars?

Tell us about your experience by taking the survey below.


  • Did you know?

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    • Our priority with the temporary changes on Park Drive is to support safe physical distancing with COVID-19 and safety by keeping bikes and cars separate. That’s why cyclists are routed through some of the parking lots to avoid conflicts with vehicles.
    • There are a total of 2382 parking spots in Stanley Park, and with the temporary changes 1759 or 74% of parking spots are still open. Take a look at the parking map in the FAQ section.
    • During the temporary changes, the Park Board has been in regular communication with various advisory, stakeholder and rightsholder groups. We have made adjustments to the temporary traffic plan as we have received their feedback.
    • There is more information about the temporary changes in our FAQs.
    • Our priority with the temporary changes on Park Drive is to support safe physical distancing with COVID-19 and safety by keeping bikes and cars separate. That’s why cyclists are routed through some of the parking lots to avoid conflicts with vehicles.
    • There are a total of 2382 parking spots in Stanley Park, and with the temporary changes 1759 or 74% of parking spots are still open. Take a look at the parking map in the FAQ section.
    • During the temporary changes, the Park Board has been in regular communication with various advisory, stakeholder and rightsholder groups. We have made adjustments to the temporary traffic plan as we have received their feedback.
    • There is more information about the temporary changes in our FAQs.
  • Temporary changes in response to COVID-19

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    13 Aug 2020

    In April of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Vancouver Park Board temporarily closed Stanley Park’s roads to vehicles and diverted bicycles off of the seawall and onto Stanley Park Drive. This closure allowed more space along the seawall for pedestrians to practice physical distancing and enabled cyclists to more room to bike through the park unrestricted by non-authorized motorized vehicles.

    Why was this temporary change made? The seawall has several existing “pinch points” where the 4m overall width and physical conditions make it difficult to accommodate the number of cyclists, pedestrians and people using mobility devices at certain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these “pinch points” making it too narrow to provide safe physical distancing.

    In late June, Stanley Park’s roads were re-opened to vehicles with a temporary traffic management plan that dedicated one travel lane to vehicles and one lane for cyclists on Stanley Park Drive. The seawall remains closed to bicycles to facilitate and maintain safe physical distancing for pedestrians.

    In April of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Vancouver Park Board temporarily closed Stanley Park’s roads to vehicles and diverted bicycles off of the seawall and onto Stanley Park Drive. This closure allowed more space along the seawall for pedestrians to practice physical distancing and enabled cyclists to more room to bike through the park unrestricted by non-authorized motorized vehicles.

    Why was this temporary change made? The seawall has several existing “pinch points” where the 4m overall width and physical conditions make it difficult to accommodate the number of cyclists, pedestrians and people using mobility devices at certain times. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these “pinch points” making it too narrow to provide safe physical distancing.

    In late June, Stanley Park’s roads were re-opened to vehicles with a temporary traffic management plan that dedicated one travel lane to vehicles and one lane for cyclists on Stanley Park Drive. The seawall remains closed to bicycles to facilitate and maintain safe physical distancing for pedestrians.