Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park

Lost Lagoon in Vancouver, British Columbia during the fall months sees a dramatic change from the trees, heavy with leaves to those without, ready for the winter months. The city beyond the water's edge is a stark reminder that the urban is never far from the natural. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The seasons vary at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia - Fall sees many leaves falling from the trees and the city uncovered as the trees become bare.

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Type:

Lake

Season:

All Seasons

Weather:

All Weather

Time:

1 hour

Cost:

Free

What to bring:

Camera, Binoculars, Hiking Boots, Bird Book, Plant Identification Book

The Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park was once a tide pool which lay empty throughout most of the day depending on the tides - one of Stanley Park's most famed poets, Pauline Johnson noted that when the lagoon was bare, it was lost, coining the name it it now known for. The Lost Lagoon was artificially dammed in 1912 with the construction of the Stanley Park Causeway, however it has found new life with the hundreds of bird, plant and wildlife species that call it home. This large freshwater lake is now a popular area functioning as an impromptu entrance to Vancouver's famed Park and heralding some of its most popular features such as the abundance to wildlife, the endless water and the experience of leaving the city behind and entering the Lost Lagoon.

The Lost Lagoon is a stunning testament to the ecological balance between the city and nature this park provides for many wild creatures.

Filled with informational boards, the walk around this large water feature an accessible path as well as many views of the mountains to the north and the cityscape to the south.

A wide variety of birds and animals can be found in this area as it houses several Swans, a large population of Mallard ducks, Canadian Geese as well as many migratory and seasonal species. This area is especially popular with bird watchers in the spring and fall months when rare species make their way south and north respectively stopping to rest in this oasis.

Most people come to the Lost Lagoon in late spring (April-May) when many chicks float after their parents learning to swim and find food among the turtles resting on the logs and the herons standing still on the water's edge waiting for unsuspecting fish.

Animals such as raccoons frequent the paths begging tourists and locals alike for food, as well as their smaller counterparts, the squirrel. Quiet observation can be fruitful as there is a beaver known to live in the Lagoon evidence by the chewed tree stumps and the lodge on the northern edge of the walk. Be wary in the twilight hours as skunks have been frequently spotted in the area and would not be afraid to defend their territory.

Lost Lagoon is the transition between the hard edges of the city and and Stanley Park and it one of the premeir sites in the park as if offers sanctuary for birds and wildlife as well as nearby residents, locals and visitors who come to the Lagoon to enjoy its peaceful and quiet setting.

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Many bird watchers are drawn to Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon in Vancouver, British Columbia. The sheltered, calm waters attract many birds migrating along the coastline as well as those that live in the area year round. Rarer species such as Wood Ducks can also be seen periodically in the Lagoon.
The Swans in Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon are permanent fixtures in the area. These beautiful snow-white swans annually nest on the shore of the Lagoon, usually right beside the footpath. It is not uncommon to see swan families attempting to start families along the shores of the Lost Lagoon.
Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia sees much of its curious visitors in the Spring and summer months when new arrivals such as goslings, ducklings and a variety of other baby species begin to emerge, filling the Lagoon with peeps and curious interactions with delighted onlookers.
The Winter months in Vancouver are typically rainy, however occasionally, snow does stay on ground. Stanley Park blanketed in now is best seen from the Lost Lagoon which shows the Cascade mountain range to the North. These rare snowfalls, although beautiful leave many animals bewildered as they are usually not exposed to snow frequently.
The Lost Lagoon rests on the edge of the city of Vancouver, a quiet sanctuary filled with birds, animals and plant life, the true entrance to Stanley Park.


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On the eastern edge of the park near the Stanley Park Causeway
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