Events and performers

Historical tours and displays in the rose garden and Shakespearean sonnets and soliloquies. Evening ticketed performances including Theatre under the Stars at Malkin Bowl and Boca del Lupo at the Stanley Park Service Yard parking lot.

 

Boca del Lupo: Fall Away Home

A modern fairy tale about a young girl who, in an effort to help others, falls down a hole and finds herself falling all the way through the planet. As our heroine emerges into the fantastical realm of her own imagination, she embarks on a journey to find her way home. A mash-up of live action and animation, this unique all-ages experience is set amongst over a dozen shipping containers with the use of technology, acrobatics and theatre craft. Previews on August 21, 22 and 23, and shows on August 24, 25, 29, 31 and September 1. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. 

Sing-a-long Under the Stars: Grease!

In celebration of Stanley Park’s 125th anniversary, and as an iconic summer tradition for the past 67 years, Theatre Under the Stars proudly presents Sing-a-long Under the Stars featuring the hit movie musical Grease! Tickets on sale now for Saturday, August 24 at 8pm. 

 

Young Shakespeareans

Enjoy theatre scenes in Stanley Park's Shakespeare Garden performed by youth 8-18 years from the Young Shakespeareans Program at Bard on the Beach. This program offers participants the opportunity to act, gain confidence and learn about Shakespeare plays in the best possible way - through doing them! Look for the Young Shakespeareans in the lower Rose Garden.  

 

TUTS Museum & Malkin Bowl Tour

Join Theatre Under The Stars as they look back at the 67 year history of this iconic summer tradition in Stanley Park. With highlights that include visits from the Queen and Mickey Rooney, and performers like Roma Hearn and Robert Goulet, TUTS has entertained more than a million Stanley Park visitors!

 

SPES Hummingbird Banding & Invasive Bio-netting

Join a local expert who bands hummingbirds to track their migration routes. See these magnificent birds up close and discover what makes them so special.  You can also join eco-artist Sharon Kallis to crochet English ivy into useful matting for erosion control! Beginners welcome; hand strength and dexterity an asset. This event is part of Stanley Park Ecology Society’s BioBlitz. 

 

Freedom of Mobility Walking Tour: 
Women, Sports & Recreation in Stanley Park, 1888-1920’s
 
Join historical interpreter Jolene Cumming, Herstory Cafe & Stanley Park History Group, on a historical walking tour to 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. This tour will leave from the Pavilion and end at Brockton Point.

 

"Perhaps the Tallest Trees in the World" Walking Tour

Join local historian Bruce MacDonald on a hunt through Stanley Park to hear many stories of giant Douglas Fir trees over 300 feet tall in the 1800s, find evidence of their existence, and along the way celebrate the largest trees in North America outside of California—red cedars. This tour leaves from the Arbour in the lower Rose Garden.

 

A Historical Bike Tour of Stanley Park

Join historian Maurice Guibord for a leisurely ride around the park, visiting its sights, and hearing the sometimes surprising tales that led to their creation. We'll also discuss the natural and political storms that shaped our favourite park. (Limited to 20, first come, first served.  Meet at Devonian Harbour Park, Denman and Georgia.) 

 

A Walk in the Park Historical Tour

Civic historian John Atkin takes you for a pleasant stroll around the park, sharing stories and little known facts about history of the buildings, gardens and monuments in the area of the Pavilion, gardens and Malkin Bowl. Meet John in front of the Rose Cottage on Saturday and at the Pavilion on Sunday.

  The Forgotten Families of Stanley Park Historical Talk
 
Listen as Historian Jean Barman shares the fascinating story of some of the families and communities that have called Stanley Park home. Jean's book Stanley Park's Secret was the winner of the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Prize. Poet Jamie Reid will begin the talk with a reading of his poem Deadman’s Island, Stolen People, Stolen Poem. This talk will be given at the Totem area. Meet Jean in front of Legends of the Moon.
 

Traditional Foods and Medicines of Stanley Park Tour

Indigenous Plant Diva, Cease Wyss will lead you through the trails in Stanley park, sharing stories and info about the historical and current use of traditional food and medicine plants of the Coast Salish Peoples, as well as sharing stories of this park and the original inhabitants and their visitors, prior to, and since the meeting point with European settlers. Meet Cease in front of the Rose Cottage.

 

Grease Vintage Car Club Display

Get in the mood for an evening of Sing-along Grease and stop by the Vintage Car Club’s display of their beautifully maintained vehicles typical of this era.  The cars will be parked outside the theatre gates for all to view and Vancouver Chapter members will be on site prior to the performance to chat. 

 

Inventing Stanley Park: History, Memory, and Nature Lecture

Nearly 125 years ago, Stanley Park opened to the public. For centuries, people had used the peninsula that would become Stanley Park for many different purposes. It was an ancient Coast Salish village, a coal mining and logging site, a colonial settlement, and grazing land. In this lecture, Sean Kheraj will explore the process by which this place became a park and how that park came to mean so much for Vancouver. It will explore the complicated relationship between history, memory, and nature in Stanley Park. This talk will be held outside the Pavilion.

 

City of Vancouver and Friends of the Vancouver City Archives Display

Drop by to see historical photographs and learn how the Archives save Vancouver history. The Archives is committed to providing access to authentic records about the history and culture of our city. The Friends promotes awareness of the Archives and supports its work through membership and fundraising. There will be informal Q & A’s all weekend long, where the public can mingle with over 20 of Vancouver’s top historians. Here’s your chance to ask experts questions about Stanley Park and Vancouver’s remarkable past. Q & A’s are unscheduled, so just drop by!

 

Japanese Canadian War Memorial Display

Built in 1920 to honor the Japanese Canadians who fought for Canada in World War I, the cenotaph is a beautiful example of fine stonework. Come to the cenotaph where members of the Japanese Canadian War Memorial committee will host a historical display and answer any queries about this important Stanley Park Icon.   

 

Stanley Park from our perspective: children, sustainability and social justice

Grade 4 students from Lord Roberts School in the West End share their visions of and hopes for their neighbourhood park in six short movies. These films will be shown in the Rose Cottage screening room. 

 

Shakespeare Garden Celebrations

One of Stanley Park’s hidden secrets is The Shakespeare Garden, a diverse arboretum that includes trees mentioned in The Bard’s plays and poems. Join Vancouver Heritage Foundation in celebrating the presentation of a "Places that Matter" plaque in this special place. Then join us at 2pm for the Rededication of the Powys Thomas Oak Tree as we unveil a new memorial marker. Mr. Thomas was the co-founder of the National Theatre School and the founder of Playhouse Acting School.   

  Rose Garden Tour
 
Meet the gardeners who have created the floral displays around Stanley Park’s stunning Rose Garden. Ask questions, get tips, and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the grounds with our knowledgeable Park Board staff. Meet in front of Rose Cottage.  
 

VPD Mounted Unit Stable Tours

The VPD Mounted Unit was officially commissioned in 1910 and is very dedicated to the community, attending many community and police ceremonial events. The main mandate of the Mounted Unit is to patrol and respond to any calls of service in Stanley Park, however the horses also spend a lot of time patrolling the West End. Stable tours will be available on a first come first serve basis at specific times and the officers and horses will also be on patrol throughout the park.  

Zoo Stories Film Presentation & Tour

Meet at the Rose Cottage Screening Room to view the 14 minute CBC production, Zoo Stories (1953), and then embark on a tour walking with former Zoo Manager Mike Macintosh of the sites of the former zoo and children’s zoo. Mike’s stories of his life with the animals are sure to entertain! 

 

Stanley Park Rock Garden Display

Started in 1911 by master gardener John Montgomery from boulders excavated for the construction of the new Stanley Park Pavilion, the Rock Garden was the first public garden in Vancouver. The garden flourished for fifty years until portions slowly became abandoned and disappeared into the forest. The story of the Rock Garden remained forgotten, and the true extent was not realized until a wind storm in 2006 revealed portions of this garden landscape. Inside the Pavilion, enjoy a display on the history of the garden, meet and chat with Rock garden expert and Montgomery’s great- grandson Chris Hay, and learn more about this important heritage landscape. 

 

SS Beaver Slideshow

Hidden beneath the waters off Prospect Point in Stanley Park lies the wreck of steamship Beaver. Discover the story behind the steamship Beaver and her disaster at Prospect Point in this fascinating slideshow, presented in the Stanley Park Pavilion. 

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