An old British canon that was installed in Stanley Park to help locals keep time over a century ago, this near-legendary gun is still fired off at precisely 9pm every evening. Formerly fired manually, it's now primed every afternoon and set off by electronic timer. Listen out for it at the appointed time if you're in this part of the city.

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1. Totem Poles

0.18 MILES

This handsome collection of totem poles clustered at Brockton Point is one of Stanley Park's busiest visitor lures. Arrive early or late on summer days to…

2. HMCS Discovery


The historic naval station located on Stanley Park's Deadman's Island (actually a peninsula) has a long history as both a First Nations' burial ground and…

3. Cricket Pavilion

0.33 MILES

Brockton Oval's historic cricket pavilion ensures this pocket of Stanley Park will forever feel like an English country village.

4. Stanley Park Seawall

0.44 MILES

Built between 1917 and 1980, the 8.8km seawall trail is Vancouver's favorite outdoor hangout. Encircling the whole of Stanley Park, it offers spectacular…

5. Coal Harbour Seawall

0.59 MILES

An idyllic 2km waterfront stroll from Canada Place to Stanley Park, this is a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. En route you'll pass the landmark…

6. Waterpark

0.61 MILES

One of Stanley Park's biggest lures for kids, this free-use summer-long attraction is the perfect way to cool down on hot days. Jets and pools keep the…

7. Lumberman's Arch

0.62 MILES

A chunky wooden structure erected here in 1952 to recognize BC's logging industry; the nearby grassy swathe is an ideal spot for picnics.

8. Jack Poole Plaza

0.63 MILES

Recalling Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Winter Games, this handsome waterfront public space is the permanent home of the tripod-like Olympic Cauldron. The…