“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.