The statue of Lord Stanley, looking out on the celebrated park named after him in Vancouver

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Lord Stanley Statue


A 1960 bronze commemorating Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, the man who gave his name to the park plus the National Hockey League's top trophy, the Stanley Cup. Peruse the plaque underneath, part of Stanley's stirring speech when he officially dedicated the park in 1889: "To the use and enjoyment of people of all colours, creeds and customs for all time."

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1. Stanley Park Nature House


Illuminating the breathtaking array of flora and fauna just steps from the busy streets of the West End, this charming nature center is a great…

2. Lost Lagoon

0.25 MILES

This rustic area near Stanley Park's entrance was originally part of Coal Harbour. But after a causeway was built in 1916, the new body of water was…

3. Vancouver Aquarium

0.31 MILES

Stanley Park's biggest draw is home to 9000 critters – including sharks, wolf eels and a somewhat shy octopus. There's also a small, walk-through…

4. Stanley Park Seawall

0.39 MILES

Built between 1917 and 1980, the 8.8km seawall trail is Vancouver's favorite outdoor hangout. Encircling the whole of Stanley Park, it offers spectacular…

5. Stanley Park

0.46 MILES

One of North America’s largest urban green spaces, Stanley Park is revered for its dramatic forest-and-mountain oceanfront views. But there’s more to this…

6. Lumberman's Arch

0.47 MILES

A chunky wooden structure erected here in 1952 to recognize BC's logging industry; the nearby grassy swathe is an ideal spot for picnics.

7. Waterpark

0.49 MILES

One of Stanley Park's biggest lures for kids, this free-use summer-long attraction is the perfect way to cool down on hot days. Jets and pools keep the…

8. Cricket Pavilion


Brockton Oval's historic cricket pavilion ensures this pocket of Stanley Park will forever feel like an English country village.