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Celebrate! Stanley Park gets even better with historical tours, program schedule, event app and more

August 15 2013

“The Park Board has developed an event app for mobile devices, which is now available at sp125.ca,” said Vancouver Park Board Vice Chair Aaron Jasper.

Coast Salish canoe race

Imagine a weekend where you:

  • Discover Stanley Park’s rich history on a walking tour
  • See magnificent hummingbirds up close
  • Visit the mounted-police horse stable
  • Admire beautiful vintage cars
  • Meet park gardeners

Enjoy all this, and more, at "Celebrate! Stanley Park" over the August 24 and 25 weekend.

"Celebrate! Stanley Park" is a summer festival by City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board to mark the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park.

Plan your festival experience with the schedule and mobile app

"Celebrate! Stanley Park" has over 200 activities and performances taking place at five festival zones throughout the park. Afternoon events are free.

“The Park Board has developed an event app for mobile devices, which is now available at sp125.ca,” said Vancouver Park Board Vice Chair Aaron Jasper. “This handy app features the full program schedule, festival map and trivia quiz, and will improve visitors’ experience while reducing the need for printed material.”

Savour stories and historical tours

Get a closer look at programs in the "Memory Lane at the Gardens" festival zone, near the Rose Garden.

  • A bird expert will band hummingbirds to track their migration routes. See these magnificent birds up close and discover what makes them so special.
  • With a historical interpreter, explore how Vancouver’s active women found freedom in the park: on Brockton Point’s grass hockey field, on the archery range, boating in the harbour, or trotting on horseback along Bridle Path.
  • Hear stories of giant Douglas Fir trees and celebrate Red Cedars along the way, the largest trees in North America outside of California.
  • Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the park, visiting its sights, and listening to the sometimes surprising tales that led to their creation. Learn about the natural and political storms that shaped our favourite park.
  • Learn the fascinating story of families and communities that have called Stanley Park home.
  • The Indigenous Plant Diva will lead you through the trails in Stanley Park, sharing stories about the historical and current use of traditional food and medicine plants by Coast Salish peoples.
  • Celebrate Stanley Park’s vehicular history with a display of vintage cars from the beginning of motoring through to the 1970’s and 80’s, hosted by the Vancouver chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada.
  • Meet the gardeners who created the floral displays around Stanley Park’s stunning Rose Garden. Ask questions, get tips, and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the grounds with knowledgeable Park Board staff.
  • The Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit, which patrols and responds to calls in the park, is offering stable tours on a first come first serve basis.
  • Mingle with more than 20 of Vancouver’s top historians for questions and answers about the park’s (and Vancouver’s) remarkable past.
  • Theatre Under The Stars looks back at the 67-year history of this iconic summer tradition in Stanley Park with its museum and backstage tours of Malkin Bowl.

Play sports, take in live music, and bring the kids

Activities at the Brockton Sportsapalooza festival zone include rugby, speedminton and cricket games and demos, Coast Salish canoe races, tours of HMCS Discovery and a licensed area. 

The Live at Second Beach festival zone features a full all-Canadian line up of amazing musical performances, food trucks, outdoor sports, and a licensed area. Headliners include Arkells and Born Ruffians.

There’s also much going on at the Family Fun at the Arch festival zone. Children’s entertainers Bobs & LoLo, Coast Salish performances and artisans, and SPES organized wildlife safari walk and forest walk are just a few of the highlights.

Bus, bike, and walk to the festival

Large crowds are expected, so public transit, biking and walking are highly recommended.

TransLink’s #19 bus route stops in Stanley Park near the Miniature Railway, in the middle of the five festival zones.

There will bike valet parking areas at the zones "Live at Second Beach", "Family Fun at the Arch", and "Brockton Sportsapalooza".

Recognizing our sponsors and history

"Celebrate! Stanley Park" is supported by funding from the Government of Canada, local government, and local businesses. Stanley Park Brewery is the presenting sponsor.

Since its official opening on September 27, 1888, Stanley Park has established itself as an attraction of international status and a National Historic Site of Canada. The park is on the traditional Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.