Parks, recreation, and culture

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 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. There is much to discover on this relatively short walk. 

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 description

Before industrialization, 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. The 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

Stanley Park Ecology Society

Golden Jubilee Fountain

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