Brockton Point Totem Poles
Nine totem poles stand at Brockton Point and are British Columbia’s most visited tourist attraction. Carved from large cedar trees , totem poles are made by the indigenous people of the Coast. The collection in the park began in the 1920s when the park board bought four from Alert Bay on Vancouver Island. In 1936, more were added to the collection and in the 1960s the collection was moved to Brockton Point. The ninth and final totem pole was carved by Robert Yelton of the Squamish Nation.
Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon was once a tide pool that laid empty through most of the day depending on the tides. Pauline Johnson, one of the city's most famed poets, noted that when the lagoon was empty it was lost, giving the lagoon the name it's known for today. The Lost Lagoon is actually a manmade dam from 1912 and has found new life with the hundreds of wildlife, plant and bird species that now call it home. The Lost Lagoon is a popular area to explore or simply take in the scenery. Marked by the Jubilee Fountain the Lost Lagoon acts as a gio-filtration marsh for the Stanley Park Causeway. Visiting the Lost Lagoon Nature House offers more detailed information on the flora and fauna of the park. Swans, Mallard ducks and Canadian Geese are among the several bird populations that can be found at the lagoon.
From the Seawall you can see a 32 million-year-old rock outcropping between Third Beach and Lions Gate Bridge known as Siwash Rock. According to Squamish legend, a man was transformed into Siwash Rock “as an indestructible monument to Clean Fatherhood,” or a reward for selflessness. This one-of-a-kind creation was formed from volcanic activity with a lone tree atop the rock formation that’s weathered years of environmental activity. A lookout is accessible from Park Trail or Siwash Rock Trail leading up from Prospect Point.
Brockton Point Lighthouse
At Brockton Point’s peninsula at the most north-easterly edge of Stanley park sits the Lighthouse, built in 1914. Take in stunning views of North Vancouver and ships coming in and out of the harbour as well as downtown and the Burrard Inlet from the Brockton Point Lighthouse, one of two fully functioning lighthouses operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. A favorite spot at Stanley park, Brockton Point features two levels: one with the Lighthouse and the other with the Seawall. After visiting the Lighthouse, stop by Brockton Point’s Totem Poles!
The most famous tree in all of Stanley Park is arguably the Hollow Tree. Considered Vancouver’s first tourist attraction, the Hollow Tree is a 700 or 800 year old Western Red Cedar tree stump known for the cavernous hollow. When the park first opened to the public in 1888, the tree became a fast focal point for visitors to see and be photographed near. The Hollow Tree is 5.5 meters in diameter. In December 2006 the Hollow Tree suffered severe damage from a windstorm and was slated for removal due to concerns of safety. However, in 2009 citizens came together and formed the Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society, devising a plan to stabilize the tree. The project was funded by private donations and in 2011, with a public ceremony, the Hollow Tree began its new chapter.
Spend some time communing with nature and see birds, plants and even beavers in their natural habitat at Beaver Lake. Away from any traffic, parking lots and roadways, the lake is the perfect place to rest for a moment and take in the exquisite wilderness. It’s also the perfect location to get some peace and quiet outside of urban Vancouver as you view ducks playing in the water around cattails and lily pads. The Stanley Park Board is working on a strategy to restore and protect Beaver Lake, keeping it in all its glory for future visitors to experience and to assure it continues to add to the biodiversity of the Stanley Park forest.
Stanley Park Resources
- Stanley Park City of Vancouver
- Wikipedia Stanley Park
- Stanley Park Reviews & Directions
- Stanley Park Pavilion (directions & reviews)
- The Fish House In Stanley Park (directions & reviews)
- Teahouse in Stanley Park (directions & reviews)