Parks, recreation, and culture

Xapayay'/Cedar by Davide Pan & T'Uy'Tanat Cease Wyss

Stanley Park environmental art walk

Route Statistics

Distance 8.18 km
Steps 10721
Elevation change 38 m

 

This self-guided walk features the works of artists who have created works of art employing environmental art practices, using only natural materials and with sensitivity towards the plants and animals of the park. The walk begins at the Stanley Park shuttle stop, east of the round-about off Georgia Street. 

If you’d like to read more about this project, consider reading this essay written by Kamala Todd titled (Un)divided  (2.3 MB).

 Due to the nature of these artworks, some may no longer be in place due to natural decomposition.

A note on Stanley Park

The beautiful area now known as Stanley Park was once home to many Indigenous peoples and remains a culturally significant area for the local First Nations people today. Stanley Park is on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The park’s villages were occupied for thousands of years by First Nations and newcomers before their eviction in the 20th century.

While you walk through the lush greenery, you might reflect on the many people who have entered this space for many purposes during its long history, and the many people who enjoy it today.

Unceded means that First Nations people did not give up land or legally sign it away to Britain or Canada. Vancouver and 95 percent of BC are on unceded First Nations land. In many parts of Canada, treaties were signed with First Nations that gave incoming settlers rights to much of the land, but in BC very few treaties were signed.  

Want to learn more? Read First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers  (5.4 MB)

Route details

As you walk along the seawall and among the trees of Stanley Park you'll be treated to scenic views of downtown, the northshore mountains and an urban forest ecosystem like no other. Scattered throughout the park are works of art, both natural and man made. This walk invites you to take in the majesty of the natural while viewing some of the works of art created by local artists using only natural and organic materials. These pieces are all subject to the elements like sun, wind, and rain, or the activities of animals and insect. They'll naturally return to the earth over time so view them while you still can!

Accessibility

The route indicated for this walk has sections of paved walking paths and compacted gravel surface. This route is wheelchair accessible. All of Beaver Lake Trail and the trails leading to the two points of interest are virtually level, with some gradual slope on adjacent trails. 

  • Begining where Stanley Park meets Devionian Park, head east and make your way along the seawall. 
  • Continue east on the seawall to the Stanley Park information booth. Turn left and make your way to the old zoo site. The polar bear pit is the installation site for “Hibernators”.
  • Walk along the path until you reach Avison Way, turn right and head back to the seawall
  • At the seawall turn left and continue east past Hallelujah and Brockton Point. When parallel to the Totem poles, cross the Perimeter road and you will find the installation “Xapayay’/Cedar”, on the east side of the service road near the totems.
  • Heading west along the seawall, past the water park and Lumberman’s Arch to the underpass that marks the start of Ravine Trail and “Fringe”.
  • Follow the Ravine Trail along the south shore of Beaver Lake, to South Creek Trail. Follow South Creek Trail south beyond where the tail meets Wren Trail, here you'll find "Cozy" by Shirley Wiebe.
  • Retrace your steps until you have returned to the south side of Beaver Lake. 
  • Turn left on Beaver Lake Trail heading west and continue west along Lake Trail across the Stanley Park Causeway to Bridal path.
  • Cross Bridal path staying on Lake Trail, and you will find “Cedar” in the triangle formed by Lake Trail, Squirrel and Lovers Walk.
  • Continuing along Lovers Walk, near the 6 kilometer mark you will find "Listen" by John Hemsworth and Peter von Tiesenhausen.
  • As you walk along Lovers Walk you'll come to an intersection, turn left and head east along Tatlow Walk until you reach Bridle Path.
  • Turn right heading south towards Lees Trail where you'll take a quick left and then a right onto Cathedral Trail. You will find “Birth” on the east side of Cathedral Trail near North Lagoon Drive.
  • Continue of Cathedral Trail to Rawlings Trail and turn left.
  • Follow the Rawlings Trail along the south shore of Lost Lagoon, through the Stanley Parkway underpass. Follow the upper pathway to return to the Stanley Park Shuttle stop and your start point.

Points of interest

Hibernators

K'aycht'n ! (We Hold Our Hands Up To You!)

Entwined

Cozy

Cedar

Listen

Birth