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Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon destination walk

Route statistics

Distance 1.8 km
Steps 2,362
Elevation change 2 m

As you enter Stanley Park from Georgia Street, Lost Lagoon is the beautiful body of water to the west of the causeway. A walk around Lost Lagoon is only 1.8 km or 2,362 steps and will take about 30 minutes. Though it is a relatively short walk there is much to discover.

Route description

In the past, the incoming high tide water from Coal Harbour would flow onto the tidal flat and fill-up the Lagoon almost reaching to English Bay then at low tide the ocean water would slip away. Construction of the Stanley Park causeway in the 1920s has left Lost Lagoon as a freshwater pond. The northeast side of the Lagoon acts as a bio-filtration marsh filtering causeway run-off through a series of holding ponds.

Accessibility

This walk is wheelchair accessible. Pathways are a mix of pavement, paving stones and hard packed gravel.

Points of interest

Wildlife

Wildlife

The area around Lost Lagoon is a bird sanctuary; home to herons, swans, and several species of ducks. Mixed in with the birds, you may see a multitude of different species of wildlife from racoons and cyotes to the occational deer.

Those interested by flora and fauna as well as natural social history, will want to stop by the Lost Lagoon Nature House.

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Stanley Park Ecology Society

Stanley Park Ecology Society

On the southeast bank of Lost Lagoon, the Stanley Park Ecology Society operates from a former boathouse and offers special sessions on plant identification and natural history tours. They "promote awwarness of and respect for the natural world and plays a leadership role in the stewardship of Stanley Park through collabroative initiatyives in education, research and conservation."

Learn more about the Stanley Park Ecology Society External website

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Golden Jubilee Fountain

Golden Jubilee Fountain

In 1936, we had our Gilden Jubilee (50th birthday). A fountain was created to mark the civic celebration and was placed in the middle of the Lagoon. The fountain was revitalized in 1986 for the City's Centennial and is clearly seen from any vantage point around the lagoon.

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