Here’s what it was like to visit Stanley Park in 1959 (VIDEO)


One of Vancouver’s shining jewels, Stanley Park has been a popular destination in the city for decades, and more. With its majestic trees, waterfront vistas, and plenty for everyone to do, this beautiful city park endures as a favourite spot for locals and visitors alike.

So what would it have been like to roam Stanley Park sixty years ago? You can take a five-and-a-half minute trek through some prime locations within the greenspace thanks to this video from 1959.

You’ll recognize some spots – like Siwash Rock, for example – but a big portion of the footage focuses on somewhere that’s long gone: The Stanley Park Zoo. There’s been a long history of animals being kept in Stanley Park, though the Zoo reached peak popularity in the 1970s before being phased out by the mid- to late 1990s.

Take a stroll back in time in Stanley Park:

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom