Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Historic Stanley Park: From British Enclave to Urban Oasis
February 21, 2016 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Stanley Park and Vancouver Rowing Club
Stanley Park

As part of Heritage Week 2016: “Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places”, Historian Maurice Guibord leads a walking tour and illustrated lecture on Stanley Park.

After centuries of use by local First Nations, Stanley Park was transformed into an ode to British gardens, where Vancouver’s settler population could feel at home. On this walking tour, we’ll explore elements of its early First Nations history along with some of the sites that launched the park as a British enclave including the statues of poet Robert Burns and Governor General Lord Stanley, the water fountain dedicated to Queen Victoria, Shakespeare’s monument in his own rose garden, and more!

From there we'll enjoy the comfort of the Vancouver Rowing Club with warm beverages, a short introduction to the history of the Club from General Manager Keith Jolly and an illustrated talk on other aspects of the park's fascinating history.

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