Landmarks in Stanley Park

Landmarks in Stanley Park

Stanley Park is home to several famous landmarks, including Lost Lagoon, Siwash Rock, Prospect Point, Beaver Lake, Totem Poles and other art.

Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon (on the left at the park’s main Georgia St entrance) is home to many species of birds. 

A bio-filtration marsh at its northeast side now filters causeway run-off through a series of holding ponds planted with rushes and grasses.

This area was once a tidal mud flat. When the Stanley Park causeway was built in 1938, the mud flat became a fresh water body.

A visit to the Lost Lagoon Nature House (operated by the Stanley Park Ecology Society) will provide much useful information on the park's flora and fauna and social history. For hours of operation, please visit the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s website:


Siwash Rock

Siwash Rock Siwash Rock is a 32 million-year-old sea stack (rock outcropping) located just off the seawall between Third Beach and Lions Gate Bridge in Stanley Park.

According to Squamish first nations legend, a man was transformed into Siwash Rock "as an indestructible monument to Clean Fatherhood" - a reward for unselfishness.

A lookout above Siwash Rock is accessible from Park Drive or Siwash Rock Trail leading from Prospect Point and Third Beach.


Hollow Tree

Stanley Park Hollow Tree

The Stanley Park Hollow Tree has a special place in the memories of many Vancouverites.

The Hollow Tree is a Western Red Cedar tree that is between 700 and 800 years old.

It was further damaged by the severe windstorm in December 2006 and was slated for removal due to safety concerns.

However, in 2009 a group of concerned citizens formed the Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society and stepped forward with a plan to stabilize the tree in a project funded entirely by private donations.

Following a public ceremony in October 2011, the restored Hollow Tree began a new chapter in its long history in Stanley Park.

The remaining stump of the tree is still one of the most well-known and photographed landmarks in the park.

Find out how to donate to the Hollow Tree Fund


Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake is a popular wetland in Stanley Park.

Find birds, beavers, and fragrant water lilies by taking a walk along the 1 km-long pathway surrounding the lake.

Beaver Lake is undergoing rapid infilling and could completely disappear within a couple of decades.

The Vancouver Park Board is developing a strategy to restore Beaver Lake in order to continue its valuable contribution to biodiversity in the Stanley Park forest and to ensure it is maintained in perpetuity for the enjoyment of all.


Prospect Point

Lost Lagoon

Find excellent views of the Lions Gate Bridge, mountains, and more from Prospect Point’s viewpoints.
A two-storey signal station once stood atop Prospect Point to alert approaching vessels of strong tides, winds and maritime traffic at the turn of the century.

The Prospect Point Café and Gift Shop are located here.

Visit the Prospect Point Café and Gift Shop's website

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Last modified: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:28:26