2006 Windstorm, Stanley Park

These few remaining conifers and the dead logs still standing in the air are what remain of what was once a large forest on the western edge of Stanley Park after the 2006 Windstorms destroyed a significant number of trees unable to withstand the hurricane force winds. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

Remaining trees not destroyed by the 2006 Windstorms braving the elements on the Western edge of Stanley Park.

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The 2006 Windstorm of the West Coast devastated the coastline knocking down trees, destroying cars and cutting off traffic routes. However, it was when reentering Stanley Park that the extent of the damage was truly realized. Thousands of Old Growth trees were destroyed, the hurricane force winds toppling them like cards. Years later, the evidence is still seen as park officials have cleared most of the walkways and roots and restabilized the cliffs, but have left many fallen trees where they lay to provide new mulch for saplings growing to replace them.

One of the most defining environmental events in recent history is the 2006 Wind Storm which hit Vancouver on December 15th to 16th.

Destructive winds gaining speeds of Hurricane ferocity blew through most of the Pacific West Coast as well as heavy rain, snow and hail.

Millions of dollars of damage to personal and public property were estimated, as well, many landslides were triggered which polluted Vancouver's water reservoirs and closing off many routes.

Years of rebuilding has made it hard to see the effects of the storm in residential areas, however, Stanley Park was hit hardest, knocking down over 1000 irreplaceable old growth tree species, most found on the western edge of the Park. Walking or driving down the roadway in the higher region of the park, the evidence of the destruction is still visible as large areas of land have been left bare.

This storm is still affecting Stanley Park as the Seawall was closed for nearly a year afterwards for repairs and large rainfalls can trigger erosion and mud slides from the treeless slopes.

A walk on any of Stanley Park's numerous trails will have some evidence from the storm such as sawn logs to create a bypass for many people using the path systems and massive uprooted trees still lying where they fell in some of the central areas.

However natural regeneration has begun to take place on the rotting logs leftover from the storm, heralding hope that Stanley Park will eventually return to its former glory.

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Photo and Image Gallery

This two year old hemlock sapling is resting three stories above the ground on an old stump of a tree killed during the 2006 Windstorm. Amazingly it has survived using the rain falling on it and the nutrients provided by the decaying tree to grow in this precarious position.
This two meter tall root system is from a tree that stood in the middle of Stanley Park. Many trees also protected by others fell due to their own height, thereby destroying others in the process. Many walks in the centre of Stanley Park have visible scars left from the 2006 Windstorm.
Thousands of trees were destroyed in the 2006 Windstorm that devastated the forests of the region and Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Location of 2006 Windstorm

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Throughout the Park, mainly on its Western edge and the interior
Stanley Park


Map of Stanley Park

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Things to do in Stanley Park

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