History of the heron colony in Stanley Park

Black and white photo of herons sitting in a tree in Stanley Park in 1921 - photo by Leonard Frank

Photo by Leonard Frank, Colony near Brockton Point,1921
City of Vancouver Archives

The earliest known record of these magnificent birds dates back to a 1921 photo by Leonard Frank of a colony near Brockton Point. It is quite likely that the birds inhabited Stanley Park years before this image was captured, too. Even back then, people were fascinated by the great blue herons.

For almost 100 years, herons have called Stanley Park “home”.

Location of the colony 

The location of the colony has changed a few times since 1921. When and why the herons change nesting locations is not fully understood.

Other locations of nesting trees after Brockton Point include:

  • By the aquarium
  • Around Beaver Lake
  • Near the zoo
  • Beach Ave near the Vancouver Park Board offices (current location)

Learn more about the herons and view the heron cam

Timeline of when and where the heron colony has lived since 1921