Vancouver is well known as one of the country’s greenest cities, and for good reason — there’s a wealth of parks, trails and natural landmarks waiting to be explored.

Whether you’re looking for a place to play fetch with your beloved doggo, enjoy a picnic, or let the little ones burn off some energy, Vancouver’s many parks offer a variety of choices. Here we’ve rounded up 10 condo and townhome projects that are planned near some of the city’s most notable green spaces.

1. 1818 Alberni

Developer: Landa Global Properties
Status: Preconstruction, selling
Nearest parks: Stanley Park, Devonian Harbour Park

Rising 21-storeys, 1818 Alberni is just steps away from Vancouver’s largest urban park. Spanning 400-hectares, Stanley Park encompasses kilometres-worth of trails, beaches, gardens, forest and views of the water. Bike along the seawall trail overlooking English Bay, or pay a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium. If you’re into outdoor sports, Stanley Park is also home to tennis courts, a pitch and putt, plus a dog park for Fido to get some exercise, too.

2. Chelsea

Developer: Cressey
Status: Construction, selling
Nearest park: Queen Elizabeth Park

For a horticulture-lover, Queen Elizabeth Park is a must-see. Besides the landscaped quarry garden and collection of exotic trees in the arboretum, the crown jewel of this 52-hectare park is the Bloedel Conservatory, home to 120 free-flying exotic birds, and over 500 plants and flowers. Across the street, Chelsea is under construction — a six-storey midrise townhome and condo community that showcases modern units complete with herringbone pattern hardwood floors, heated floors and quartz counters.

3. Terraces at Oak Park

Developer: Vanwell Homes
Status: Construction, selling
Nearest park: Oak Park

A community of just 31 units, the Terraces at Oak Park features one-, two- and three-bedroom condo and townhome residences. The interiors display contemporary design with the help of laminate wood flooring, solid quartz countertops, and soft-close cabinet drawers and doors. Just across the street is Oak Park, a sprawling green space with a community centre and enough grass for a game of soccer.

4. MODE

Developer: Wesgroup
Status: Construction, selling
Nearest park: Everett Crowley Park

According to the City of Vancouver, Everett Crowley Park was once a coniferous forest that housed a waterfall and creek running through a natural ravine, before colonial settlers redeveloped the area, making it an important hunting and fishing site for Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Today, as Vancouver’s fifth-largest park, the site features a series of paths and trails that make up 2.37 kilometers of its circular walking route. On the south side of the park, close to the Fraser River, MODE by Wesgroup is under construction, touting a plethora of amenities including a fitness centre, terrace and indoor/outdoor kitchen.

5. Chambers

Developer: Chambers Street Development
Status: Construction, selling
Nearest park: Norquay Park

This 10-unit condo and townhome community is expected to wrap up construction by the end of 2020. Just a couple of streets over is Norquay Park, a kid-friendly green space that provides a playground, walking paths and a spray park to cool off in.

6. Brock House

Developer: Azora Group Development & Construction
Status: Preconstruction, selling
Nearest park: John Hendry Park (Trout Lake Park), General Brock Park

As Vancouver’s only accessible freshwater lake, Trout Lake Park is a special place for locals to enjoy the park’s many trails, softball diamond and off-leash dog park. The Trout Lake Rink provides a convenient spot to lace up and enjoy a game of hockey, or you can always squeeze in a workout at the adjacent community centre. Nearby, sales are underway for the 10-unit Brock House project, a neighbourhood of Craftsman-style single-family and townhome residences.

7. Monument Kitsilano

Developer: Epta Development Corporation
Status: Construction, selling
Nearest park: Connaught Park

Connaught Park has long been a popular spot in the summertime thanks to the playground, seasonal farmers’ market and splash pad. Currently under construction, the pad is expected to reopen in May with new spray machines and greater accessibility. One street north, Monument Kitsilano recently kicked off construction of its 22-unit midrise townhome and condo community.

8. Avenue One

Developer: Concord Pacific
Status: Construction, selling
Nearest park: Hinge Park

If you love water views, Hinge Park is as close as it gets to the big blue sea. Located right off the edge of False Creek, this wetland park offers locals the benefits of a community garden, plus an off-leash dog area and playground. Just across the street, Avenue One by Concord Pacific is currently under construction, building modern condo and townhome residences with solarium-like living spaces and balconette sliding doors off most bedrooms.

9. Mirabel

Developer: Marcon
Status: Construction, selling
Nearest park: Sunset Beach Park

Situated at the mouth of False Creek into English Bay, Sunset Beach Park is the ideal sandy spot for your next game of beach volleyball or walk along the waterfront. About a ten-minute walk away, the two-tower, 19-storey Mirabel community is looking to wrap up construction by the end of 2020. As one of the most expensive new condo projects in the city, Mirabel residences are spacious and are enveloped by a chic glass and masonry exterior.

10. Ivy on the Park

Developer: Wall Financial
Status: Construction, selling
Nearest park: Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Not only is Ivy on the Park located within the University of British Columbia campus, the 22-storey project backs right onto the 874-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park. An oasis of forest, bluffs and fauna, Pacific Spirit Regional Park has over 54 kilometres of trails that can fill a few hours’ worth of hiking, cycling or walking.

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