Hastings Park is the City of Vancouver’s second largest park at 66 hectares. This area (as well as all of Vancouver) is on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh.
Since being redeveloped from its traditional uses into park land by the City of Vancouver, it has served as a venue for public events such as horse racing, concerts, professional sports, the Hobiyee Nisga’a New Year Celebration, the annual summer Fair and the Truth and Reconciliation National event.
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.
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A walk in the southwest corner of Hastings Park near Renfrew Street is a fantastic way to experience the rich diversity of this expansive and evolving public space. Hastings Park has a variety of different attractions including theme and commemorative gardens, notable buildings, and a stream covered over by settler development for more than 50 years.
This area was an important site for the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. An area such as this would have seen a large number of people due to its proximity to both the north and south shores. You can see a variety of diving and dabbling ducks, Canada geese and a hundred other bird species here all year.
This walk is wheelchair accessible. Paths include a mixture of pavement and wooden boardwalks.