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Are you ready for Charleson Park’s best-kept secrets?

Guide to Charleson Park in Vancouver
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On a lazy Sunday, we stumbled upon Charleson Park, tucked away in Vancouver’s bustling heart. As we roamed its greenery and serene ponds, we could practically feel our stress evaporate.

Who knew Charleson Park would become our top hangout spot? In this article, we’ll spill the beans on all the quirky charm this urban hideaway has, from its scenic trails to its perfect picnic spots and killer city views.

So, if you’re craving a break from city madness and a dose of Charleson Park’s chill vibes, keep reading for the inside scoop.

Best Time to Go

The best time to go to Charleson Park in Vancouver is during the summertime (July to August). This is when the weather is warm and sunny, perfect for enjoying outdoor activities like picnicking, walking the trails,and hanging out by the lake. 

Things to Know


Parking is a bit tight here at Charleson Park as you only have a few, limited options. Now, when you’re cruising down 6th Avenue, take a right onto Alder Crossing, and then hang another right onto Lamey’s Mill Road. 

Keep on that road until you hit the bus-only lane, and that’s where you can park. There are also a few options for parking: a little free lot, a bigger paid one, and not much free street parking.

Recreation Facilities

At Charleson Park, you’ve got a couple of spots where your furry friends can roam off-leash, plus a soccer field, five tennis courts, and easy access to the Seawall. 

And don’t miss the beautiful pathways that meander through vibrant greenery, passing by a serene waterfall and pond.

Charleson Park Playground

Charleson Park boasts one of only two playgrounds in Vancouver featuring a striking wooden pirate ship! 

This ship is equipped with a steering wheel and telescope, along with various components like climbing nets, a rope and log bridge, a rubber hammock, and even a table with seats underneath.


In November 2020, the Vancouver Park Board finished renovating the Charleson Park Playground, aiming to make it more engaging and accessible for children of all abilities. 

The revamped playground now features accessible rubber play surfacing, in-ground trampolines, swing sets with a toddler swing and basket swing, and numerous other enhancements.

How to Get to Charleson Park

By car: head towards the intersection below the Granville Street Bridge. If you’re on 6th Avenue, turn onto Alder Crossing, then take a right onto Lamey’s Mill Road. Follow it until it ends at the bus-only road, where you’ll find parking available.

By public transit: hop on the 050 bus towards South False Creek to EB Lameys Mill Road. From there, Charleson Park will be a 2 minute walk away.

Where to Stay near Charleson Park

Windsor Guest House

Address: 325 W 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1T3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-872-3060

Pricing: $$

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Windsor Guest House stands out among the few heritage houses in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. This Victorian-style Vancouver B&B offers a guest terrace and serves up a full vegetarian breakfast. 

Additionally, you can enjoy the front porch and take advantage of complimentary off-street parking.

Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre

Address: 711 W. Broadway, Heather St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-879-0511

Pricing: $$

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Just a quick 4-minute drive from Charleson Park, the Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre boasts modern-designed rooms, with some even featuring balconies offering views of the city. 

On-site, you’ll find a restaurant and lounge serving up West Coast cuisine, as well as an indoor pool and exercise room.

Granville Island Hotel

Address: 1253 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada

Phone: +1 604-683-7373

Pricing: $$$

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As the sole hotel in the city’s artisan district, Granville Island, this establishment boasts fantastic views and an eclectic architectural character. 

You can enjoy amenities such as a fitness center with a hot tub and sauna, along with access to a business center.

Meridian At 910 Beach

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Address: 910 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W7, Canada

Phone: +1 604-609-5100

Pricing: $$

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Nestled near the downtown Vancouver beachfront, Meridian At 910 Beach is just a 7-minute drive from Charleson Park. Rooms come equipped with full kitchens, offering convenience for guests. 

While the continental breakfast is limited, it’s handy for a quick bite before starting the day’s adventures.


Address: 1388 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3G6, Canada

Phone: +1 604-979-6200

Pricing: $$

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Level is renowned for its apartment-style hotel suites, complete with full kitchens and in-suite laundry facilities, along with access to amenities like a rooftop pool, gym, and onsite guest services.

With 187 furnished suites featuring contemporary design, Level is an ideal choice for those seeking long-term accommodations, as they accept bookings for stays of 30 days or more.

Where to Eat near Charleson Park

Saucin Staples

Address: 1073 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1E2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-730-0225

Pricing: $


Saucin Staples is an Indian restaurant that serves Indian fusion food, plus tacos, salads and sandwiches. The menu is highly customizable right down to your spice level preference

Definitely try the butter chicken mac and cheese! The chicken is incredibly tender, and the sauce is bursting with flavor. It’s a real treat!

Tojo’s Restaurant

Address: 1133 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-872-8050

Pricing: $$


Tojo’s is a must-visit spot, with its impressive sushi bar and panoramic kitchen. It’s the perfect place to experience omakase, a tasting menu crafted from the freshest culinary delights of the day. 

Some of our favorites here are the chicken karaage, sablefish, and Northern Lights Roll.

Salmon n’ Bannock

Address: 1128 W Broadway #7, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-568-8971

Pricing: $


Salmon n’ Bannock stands out as Vancouver’s sole Indigenous restaurant, offering wild salmon and free-range organic game meats. 

The bison pot roast is a standout dish, featuring tender, melt-in-your-mouth morsels of meat that have been slow-cooked for 24 hours. Served alongside a mash, seasonal vegetables, and gravy.

Chef’s Choice Chinese Cuisine

Address: 955 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-558-1198

Pricing: $$


Chef’s Choice Chinese Cuisine is renowned for its classic dim sum and traditional seafood offerings.  

If you’re looking for a recommendation, definitely go for the crystal shrimp dumplings. They’re filled with delightfully fresh shrimp and wrapped in impeccably translucent skin.

New India Buffet + Bar & Restaurant

Address: 901 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4M3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-874-5800

Pricing: $$


New India Buffet + Bar & Restaurant offers all-you-can-eat buffets of over 70 items, from pakoras, samosas, and tandoori chicken to butter chicken, biryani, and various vegetarian options.

We highly recommend trying the butter chicken and lamb curry, but don’t overlook the chicken butter masala with garlic naan—it’s also fantastic!

What to Do in Charleson Park

Wind through Peaceful Pathways

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Address: 999 Charleson Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-873-7000


Situated on the False Creek waterfront, this 17.6-acre park seamlessly blends urban surroundings with serene landscapes. 

If you follow the upper pathway, you’ll find a grove where you’ll stumble upon a charming waterfall—a hidden gem worth the exploration. 

Keep in mind, the upper paths might be a tad steep for those with limited mobility, but otherwise, it’s a pleasant stroll. 

The seawall walk on the other hand is flat and easy to navigate, but the adjacent grassy areas offer some pleasant slopes, providing excellent vantage points to admire Downtown Vancouver from different angles.

Appreciate False Creek 

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Address: 999 Charleson Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-873-7000


Nestled between Granville and Cambie Streets along the Seawall, this particular section is often quieter compared to other parts. Yet, it boasts stunning vistas of False Creek and the captivating Downtown cityscape.

Hangout the Dog Park

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Address: 999 Charleson Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-873-7000


Charleson Park is a haven for dog owners, offering a spacious off-leash area where furry friends can frolic freely. 

Beyond that, a small waterfall cascades into a pool, a beloved spot for both pets and their owners, particularly during the warmer months of summer.

Check out the Community Garden

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Address: 999 Charleson Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-873-7000


The Charleson Park Community Garden is operated by the False Creek South Neighbourhood Association, and it has 38 garden plots maintained by the local elders. 

The garden is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city, providing a space for residents to grow their own fruits and vegetables and connect with nature.

Have Fun at the Playground

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Address: 999 Charleson Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-873-7000


The playground at Charleson Park is a kid’s dream come true, boasting a thrilling pirate ship among its attractions. 

Recently renovated, it now offers accessible rubber play surfacing, trampolines, classic swing sets, and an exciting embankment slide.

Where to Shop near Charleson Park


Address: 665 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G7, Canada

Phone: +1 604-638-2523


Michaels is your go-to destination for all things arts and crafts, offering a wide array of products perfect for home decor, framing, scrapbooking, and beyond. It’s the ultimate one-stop shop for any project you have in mind!

Book Warehouse

Address: 632 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-872-5711


Book Warehouse, a local independent bookstore, has been a staple since its founding by prominent Western Canadian musicians in 1980. Offering a diverse selection, they carry all genres including novels, educational texts, cards, and more.

What’s more, outside the store, you’ll often find amazing deals on stacks and rows of books. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the shelves, no worries—they can always order it for you.

Bean Around the World

Address: 820 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, Canada

Phone: +1 604-620-0998


Bean Around The World has been the provider of the finest grade coffee since 1990. Here, you can shop for a wide variety of coffee beans, from single origin to unique blends sourced from around the globe.

And if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, consider dining in and sampling their delicious brewed coffee options to find your perfect match.

Apps to Download for a Trip to Charleson Park

Vancouver Transit Live: real time schedule of Vancouver BC’s TransLink buses.

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Uber: book a ride anywhere in Vancouver, lets you track the driver’s location in real-time on the app and provide an estimated time of arrival.
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PayByPhone: pay for parking spots in the city.

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GPSmyCity: Self-guided walks over 1,000 cities in Vancouver, with built-in GPS navigation functions. Works both online and offline.
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