Queen Elizabeth Park is Vancouver’s horticultural jewel. This 130-acre municipal park is located on Little Mountain, 152 metres above sea level, providing spectacular views of the park, city, and North Shore mountains. At the turn of the century, the park’s surface was scarred when it was quarried for rock used to build Vancouver’s first roadways.
By 1939, the park was in the hands of the Vancouver Parks Board for recreational purposes, and was dedicated as such by King George VI and his consort, Queen Elizabeth (the current Queen’s mother) on their much-lauded visit to Vancouver in 1939, as Queen Elizabeth Park.
Home to the Bloedel Conservatory, the gorgeously landscaped quarry garden, an arboretum filled with exotic and native trees, the park draws in floral display enthusiasts, view-seekers, and photographers from all over the world. From recreational activities such as tennis, lawn bowling, and pitch & putt, to fine dining at Season in the Park, family picnics on the green, and stargazing on clear nights, Queen Elizabeth Park has something for everyone.
The park is the stunning backdrop for both the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half Marathon start lines. Allowing for a fast start the Half Marathon heads out of the park towards Cambie St bridge, and a offers a scenic first kilometre in the Marathon as it loops towards Kerrisdale, BMO Vancouver Marathon runners will experience the beauty of Queen Elizabeth Park first hand.