Birthdays can be expensive and families are busy once the temperatures start to warm up from late Spring to early Fall. More families are moving away from having birthdays in their homes due to space or the amount of time it takes to prepare, entertain, and clean up after having a gaggle of kids over, but it’s not always feasible to rent out pricey locations, either. That’s where outdoor birthdays come in!
There are plenty of great venues around the lower mainland that offer everything you need to host an exceptional birthday for any age: picnic tables, playgrounds, water park, bathrooms, and a covered space to rent. We’ve rounded up some free (or inexpensive) locations to host your next birthday. All you have to do is bring the cake!
Aldergrove Athletic Park
Location: 26845 27 Avenue, Aldergrove
Amenities: Covered picnic tables, uncovered picnic tables, playground, washrooms
Mill Lake Park
Location: 2310 Emerson Street, Abbotsford
Amenities: Playground, spray park picnic shelter (with water & electricity), adjacent to Centennial Outdoor Pool, Washrooms
Location: 35570 Delair Road, Abbotsford
Amenities: Washrooms, playground, covered picnic shelters
Location: 31070 Gardner Ave, Abbotsford
Amenities: Large covered picnic area, playground, trails, washrooms, lots of green space, and parking
Location: 31850 Madiera Place, Abbotsford
Amenities: Washrooms, picnic tables, covered picnic shelter, playground
Matsqui Village Park
Location: 6074 Riverside Street, Abbotsford
Amenities: Playground, covered picnic shelter, uncovered picnic tables, green space, hockey/basketball areas
Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park
Location: 7551 Fraser Park Drive, Burnaby
Amenities: Huge covered picnic areas (for those BIG birthdays!), washrooms, playgrounds, volleyball courts
Location: 250 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Amenities: Covered shelters with picnic tables, bocce courts, water, lawn bowling, playground, spray park, indoor pool and Burnaby Central Railway (one of our favourite parts!)
Location: 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Amenities: Outdoor pool, playground, covered picnic area, washrooms, sand volleyball courts, pitch and putt golf course
Blue Mountain Park
Location: 975 King Albert Avenue, Coquitlam
Amenities: Wading pool, spray park, covered and uncovered picnic tables, playgrounds, large grassy field, trails, washrooms, small concession
Location: 641 Hillcrest Street, Coquitlam
Amenities: Huge playground, field, covered and uncovered picnic tables, hiking/walking trails, washrooms, outdoor pool (closed in 2023), and a small community centre that you can rent separately from the picnic area.
Town Centre Park/Lafarge Lake
Location: 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Amenities: Picnic tables, outdoor stage with summer performances, lots of green space, uncovered picnic tables, ice cream concession, playground, water park, skate park, sand volleyball courts *no shelter rental*
Fort Langley Community Park
Location: 9089 Nash Street, Langley
Amenities: Playground, spray park, washrooms, covered shelter area (no picnic tables, but you could bring in your own)
McLeod Athletic Park
Location: 5687 216 Street, Langley
Amenities: Covered picnic tables, uncovered picnic tables, playground, washrooms
Walnut Grove Community Park- East & West
Location: 8889 Walnut Grove Drive, Langley
Amenities: Playground, spray park, 2 different covered picnic shelters to rent (East or West), washrooms
Harris Road Park
Location:12474 Lougheed Highway, Pitt Meadows
Amenities: picnic tables, washrooms, outdoor pool, spray park, large open grass area, baseball diamond, and lots of shade!
Location: 1144 Confederation Drive, Port Coquitlam
Amenities: Playground, spray park, covered picnic shelter, uncovered picnic table, lots of green space, washrooms
Location: 2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam
Amenities: Covered picnic shelter, uncovered picnic tables, spray park, grassy areas, playground, sand pit, washrooms, close to grocery store/restaurants for take-out options.
Location: 1250 Confederation Drive, Port Coquitlam
Amenities: Covered picnic shelter, small pond, walking trails, washrooms, playground
Rocky Point Park
Location: 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
Amenities: Spray park, playground, pier with boat launch, ice cream concession, trails, green space, washrooms, skate park, covered picnic shelter, kayak rentals, uncovered picnic tables. Read more in our Best of Port Moody article.
Old Orchard Park
Location: 646 Bentley Road, Port Moody
Amenities: Sandy beach area, uncovered picnic tables, covered picnic tables, playground, washrooms.
Blaney Hamlet Park
Location: 13712 230A Street, Maple Ridge
Amenities: Nature play playground, sports court, uncovered picnic area, covered picnic tables, skate park, grass field.
Maple Ridge Park
Location: 13180 232 Street, Maple Ridge
Amenities: Playground, spray park, grassy area, lots of shade, picnic tables, covered picnic shelter, washrooms.
Whonnock Lake Park
Location: 27871 113 Ave., Maple Ridge
Amenities: Beach access, playground, grassy areas, uncovered picnic tables, covered picnic shelter, volleyball court, washrooms, canoeing on Whonnock Lake
King George/Cambie Community Park:
Location: 4100 No. 5 Road, Richmond
Amenities: Basketball courts, playgrounds, a waterpark, washrooms, uncovered picnic tables, and a large, covered “Gathering Area” to host bigger events.
Richmond Nature Park
Location: 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Amenities: This cool park features a Nature House that provides information about the bog and interactive displays about nature and wildlife. Here you will find nature kits, a small collective of live animals, and a working beehive. There are also covered and uncovered picnic tables, a playground, a wildlife garden, a pond, and washrooms.
South Arm Park
Location: 8680 Williams Road, Richmond
Amenities: Large playground, extensive athletics amenities including tennis courts, basketball courts, sports fields and ball diamonds, heated outdoor pool with waterslides, washrooms, and picnic areas.
Location: 4011 Moncton Street, Richmond
Amenities: Uncovered picnic tables, large accessible playground for toddlers and bigger kids, off-leash dog area for your furry friends, washrooms, water play area, and outdoor swimming pool.
Bear Creek Park
Location: 13750 88 Ave., Surrey
Amenities: 7 picnic shelters located throughout this large park, in addition to playgrounds, games court, outdoor pool, skate/bike park, spray park, washrooms, large grass areas, and the Bear Creek Train.
Location: 10503 144 Street, Surrey
Amenities: Waterpark, large playground, covered and uncovered picnic tables, washrooms, basketball courts and off-leash dog areas for your furry friends to run around.
Port Kells Park
Location: 19340 88 Ave., Surrey
Amenities: Playground, outdoor pool, covered and uncovered picnic areas, bike pump track, washrooms, sportsfield.
Location: 13313 68 Ave., Surrey
Amenities: Outdoor pool, waterpark, Jumpstart Inclusive Playground, cricket fields, basketball courts, covered and uncovered picnic tables, grass field, batting cages, washrooms.
Cloverdale Athletic Park
Location: 6330168 Street, Surrey
Amenities: Playground, spray park, sports facilities, covered and uncovered picnic areas, large grass fields, washrooms.
John Hendry/Trout Lake
Location: 3300 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Amenities: Lake, playground, covered picnic tables, washrooms, plenty of green space to run around.
Maple Grove Park
Location: 6875 Yew Street, Vancouver
Amenities: Outdoor pool, washrooms, uncovered picnic tables, playground.
New Brighton Park
Location: 3201 New Brighton Road, Vancouver
Amenities: Outdoor pool, playground, uncovered picnic tables, soccer field, washrooms, concession.
Location: 2750 E. Kent Drive, Vancouver
Amenities: Covered and uncovered picnic areas, playground, basketball and tennis courts, and washrooms
Location: Stanley Park, Vancouver
Amenities: There are several locations with sheltered picnic tables in Stanley Park. Depending on the theme or general feel of the birthday, you may want to select one closest to the playground, a big open field, the Aquarium, or the Stanley Park Railway if the train opens again in 2023/2024.
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