Man-made Trout Lake and the surrounding John Hendry Park are like a little oasis in East Vancouver. Despite its proximity to the bustling Commercial Dr shopping district and a busy truck route, the park retains a sort of peaceful tranquility – perfect for a short walk and a little fresh air.
The lake is in the center and has two beaches. The north beach belongs to the dogs – they run off-leash, jumping in and out of the water. Whereas the south beach is more relaxed; in the summer you can swim here, and there’s a concession stand and a lifeguard. The rest is surrounded by vegetation and swampy areas, but you can walk around along trails and a wooden boardwalk.
There are sports fields and a bbq/picnic area on the east side of the park. There’s even a large covered section with tables, making it a good spot to enjoy outdoor eating, even when the weather doesn’t agree with you.
The newly renovated Trout Lake Community Center has an ice skating rink, fitness center, and pottery room. There are bathrooms inside and another small concession.
On Saturdays in the summer, you can visit one of the largest farmers markets. It’s set up in the parking lot on the north side, close to the dog beach. Throughout the year the park hosts several events and activities, such as the Lantern Festival – when the entire park is filled with pretty, glowing lights accompanied by music and performances.