Stanley Park Mystery – The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Lake

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Beaver Lake Photo: Rob Weiss

Almost everyone loves a mystery, and what could be more mysterious than a disappearing lake?  Vanishing lake, you ask?  Yes, it is true.  Stanley Park is home to Beaver Lake, Vancouver’s incredible shrinking lake. Clue Hunters, interested in cracking the case, will need to venture off the seawall and head deep in to the forest to explore the inner wonders of Stanley Park.  Granted, the stunning views of mountains, sky and ocean along the famous seawall are difficult to leave behind, but an “off-trip” to explore Beaver Lake is worth the short detour. My favourite access point to the lake is via a stone gateway beneath Stanley Park drive.  I feel like I am entering a whole new world when I pass under the gateway, hike along the Ravine Trail adjacent to the salmon bearing Beaver Creek and emerge into the lush rain forest featuring cedar, fir and hemlock trees.

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Stanley Park Mystery – The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Lake

Can $6-Million Plan Save Stanley Park’s Beaver Lake?

Photo credit: Bobanny | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Bobanny | Wikipedia

Stanley Park has lots must-see sites, from the seawall to the Vancouver Aquarium and the incredible vistas from Prospect Point.  But for many regulars, the park’s most enchanting spot is a humble little pond far from the crowds and the cameras.

Beaver Lake, which really does have resident beavers, is tucked away in a thickly forested zone accessed via walking and biking trails.  And now the tiny lake – which is filling up with silt and shrinking every year – has a new lease of life.

The Vancouver park board has just approved a new $2-$6 million plan to save Beaver Lake.  The ambitious rescue package calls for extensive dredging of the lake to get rid of all that silt, plus the construction of new boardwalks and viewing platforms for visitors, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.

While the price tag may seem high, the alternative was losing the lake completely.   Continue reading:
Can $6-Million Plan Save Stanley Park’s Beaver Lake?

Vancouver In a Day: Biking Stanley Park and the Seawall

Vancouver is a bike-friendly destination. From its the city cycle baths and bike paths to its 22-kilometer seawall and world-famous mountain biking trails on the North Shore, there is something in Vancouver for every level of cyclist.

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Vancouver In a Day: Biking Stanley Park and the Seawall