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To the use and enjoyment of people of all colours, creeds and customs for all time".

Lord Stanley, at the Park dedication.

Originally a marine base for the Royal Navy, the British government gave back the 1000-acres forest land in 1888 for a very small amount. It was named after Lord Stanley, the former Canadian governor- general whose conservationist vision made it into a recreational area. It is one of the largest parks in the whole of North America. It is situated on a peninsula and surrounded on three sides by water.The park is home to large populations of raccoons, squirrels, skunks, as well as ducks,geese and other migrating birds.

Siwash Rock is an offshore monolith that the Squamish people who once lived in Stanley Park believe to be a symbol of 'clean fatherhood. You can also see a collection of beautiful Totem poles (see my Tomem pole tip).

Other points of interest include an iron figure of a girl/mermaid sitting on a rock in the water. Don't forget the beaches too!

By car, you can get to Stanley Park from either Georgia Street or Beach Avenue, though finding parking once you get there is often difficult. One alternative is to catch the #35/135 and #23/123 bus from Georgia Street that dops you at the entrance of Stanley Park and connects with the Stanley Park Shuttle Bus Service. The free Shuttle Bus Service starts in June and runs daily through to mid September from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Directions: Ten minutes from the business district of downtown Vancouver city.

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  • Updated Nov 24, 2004
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