Vancouver History Tidbits: Stanley Park

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After walking around Central Park this morning, I started thinking about Stanley Park back home and that it would be a great time to rustle up a quick history tidbits post.

  • At 1,000 acres Stanley Park is just slightly bigger than New York’s Central Park (843 acres)
  • July 27, 1911: The Province reported that one third of Vancouver’s population had passed through the gates of Stanley Park during the week of July 10-16, making it one of the most popular pleasure resorts the Terminal City possesses.” [source]
  • Stanley Park is named after Lord Stanley who also has a prized hockey trophy named after him. Check out this post I wrote a little while ago with links to some great hockey history.
  • Plans for gun emplacements in Stanley Park, between Second and Third Beach (near the Pauline Johnson Memorial) up on Ferguson Point were made Juanary 19, 1938. [source]
  • In 1964 Vancouver’s Mayor Bill Rathie and Park Board Chairman George Wainborn drove the last spike in the Stanley Park miniature railway. [source]

  • The original Lumberman’s Arch
  • Deadman’s Island is so named because it was once the site of native burial grounds (and was later used by white settlers for the same purpose). [source]
  • When I was at the City Archives there was a great photo of the perimeter road in Stanley Park, covered (paved) in calcined shells, which originated from a midden near Lumberman’s Arch, where the First Nations village Xway-xway was located. In some places the shells went down 8 feet so they ended up using it for the road all the way from Coal Harbour, around Brockton Point, and over to Prospect Point. — On this note, I would highly recommend checking out the Museum of Anthropology if you’d like to learn more about the area’s history – going back hundreds of years through First Nations culture.
  • Related post: Vancouver History Tidbits: Stanley Park Trails & the history series.

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