The remnants of the old zoo, abandoned for almost a decade are overgrown with foliage and fenced to keep curious visitors safe, but is a stark reminder of the past uses of the Park.
Two enclosures - both bear habitats, and a few older peacocks which still strut around the park are almost all of what remains of the Zoo which was closed and relocated to the city of Aldergrove in 1996 and made into the Greater Vancouver Zoo. This was due to protest of the living conditions and the lack of space needed for these animals after the 1994 referendum voted against the upgrade and expansion of the park.
Over fifty species called the park home, such as black bears, penguins, emus, buffalo, monkeys and the two baby polar bear cubs which were the main attraction.
Some animals still remain in the Park at the Children's Farmyard which is home to many reptiles and farmyard animals.
The Polar Bear habitat was converted into a fish hatchery which joins many same initiatives around the Vancouver region. The enclosures themselves still act as an interesting view into the history of the park, as the original signs are still up to remind old visitors and show new visitors what the area once was.
Forms of Art in the Park are also seen in these empty pits as burlap sacks made to appear like bear cubs have been placed in the enclosures.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Remnants of the Old Stanley Park ZooOn a path south of the Aquarium near the stream
Click the brown GEMS on the map to navigate to the other activities within this region