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"To the use and enjoyment of people of all colours, creeds and customs for all time."
- Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada, in 1889, at the dedication of Stanley Park

Stanley Park, Vancouver's first park, is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares (1,000 acres) close to the heart of Vancouver's downtown core. Its natural west coast atmosphere offering a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees embraces visitors and transports them to an environment rich in tranquility.

There is a great anount of wildlife in the park and its rich, outdoorsy features appeal to the naturalist, the plant lover or one who would do nothing more than relax in beautiful surroundings. The Lost Lagoon Nature House, operated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society, offers natural history information, guided walking tours and volunteer opportunities. Lost Lagoon is the haven for many varieties of birds including swans, ducks and Canada geese. The rushes and small islands in the lake make a natural nesting place for the various species that live here.

There are also many recreational facilities available in Stanley Park, including a pitch and putt golf course bordered by the spring-blooming Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden. At the Park's heart is the formal Rose Garden surrounded by mass perennial plantings looking their very best from April through September. This famous landmark is a destination for weddings and wedding photos.

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The History of Stanley Park

In 1886 Vancouver's first City Council made a momentous decision by petitioning the Federal Government to lease 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of a largely logged peninsula for park and recreation purposes. Following the establishment of the fledgling city's first official "greenspace", Council decided to set-up an autonomous and separately elected committee to govern all park and recreation matters in Vancouver. And so the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation was born, the only elected body of its kind in Canada. The system now includes over 192 parks (1278.41 hectares) but its heart remains in the cool, lush, evergreen oasis of Stanley Park named for Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada in 1888 when the park was officially opened.

Yearly visits to this, North America's third largest urban park, are estimated at 8 million people. Originally home to Musqueam and Squamish First Nations people, Stanley Park as you see it today was not one designer's grand scheme but more an evolution of a pioneer city's hopes and dreams; a place for its citizens to recreate themselves through active sport or passive repose.

We hope your visit is a pleasant one and that your memories will entice your return.

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Long recognized as one of the great parks of the world, Stanley Park is one of the crown jewels of Vancouver. Stanley Park is Vancouver's first park and one of the city's main tourist attractions and is an evergreen oasis of 400 hectares (1,000 acres) close to the downtown core.


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