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Stanley Park Named Top Park in the World

DH Vancouver Staff Jun 17, 2014 11:02 am

Vancouver’s crown jewel Stanley Park has been named the top urban park in the world by Trip Advisor.

Here’s what they have to say about Canada’s most celebrated park:

A mini-forest, beautiful gardens, totem poles and scenic walkways make this such a peaceful location. I made a huge pile of autumn leaves and dove into them like a little kid.

The only other Canadian park to have cracked the top 25 was Montreal’s Mont Royal. Meanwhile, New York City had three impressive parks make the top 25.

Within the top 10 best Canadian urban parks list, four B.C. parks were named in the list, including Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park and Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.

With a little tender love and care, Queen Elizabeth Park has the potential to be a great city park, one worthy of such a list. As it stands right now, the park lacks uniformity, maintenance and the amenities of Stanley Park; it is a stark contrast to Queen Elizabeth Park’s pristine condition just 20 years earlier.

Top 25 Parks in the World

  1. Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.
  2. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  3. Central Park, New York City, New York
  4. Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
  5. High Line, New York City, New York
  6. Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth, Australia
  7. Guell Park, Barcelona, Spain
  8. Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo, Brazi
  9. Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro), Madrid, Spain
  10. Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
  11. Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore, Singapore
  12. English Garden, Munich, Germany
  13. Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
  14. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
  15. Balboa Park, San Diego, California
  16. Parc de Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain
  17. Bryant Park, New York City, New York
  18. Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway
  19. St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland
  20. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  21. Vondelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  22. South Bank Parklands,Brisbane, Australia
  23. Mont (Mount) Royal, Montreal, Quebec
  24. St. James’s Park, London, United Kingdom
  25. Castle Hill, Nice, France

Top 10 Parks in Canada

1. Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.
2. Mont Royal, Montreal, Quebec
3. Beacon Hill, Victoria, B.C.
4. High Park, Toronto, Ontario
5. Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, B.C.
6. Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, Quebec
7. Gatineau Park, Gatineau, Quebec
8. Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario
9. Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba
10. Parksville Community Park and Skate Park, Parksville, B.C.

Vancouver seawall via Shutterstock

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