Stanley Park. It’s almost 1,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Half a million trees including giants hundreds of years old. Eagles soar overhead while salmon, seals and even the occasional whale swim in the surrounding waters. It’s the city of Vancouver’s greatest treasure.
It’s also been home to crime, riots, persecution, political intrigue, class warfare, logging, hunting, disease, military installations, remarkable public art, ecological catastrophes, secret construction mega-projects, poetry, scandal, and murder.
These are the secrets that lurk in the shadows, on the hidden trails, and in the swirling waters. The secrets you aren’t supposed to know. The secrets of Stanley Park.
Your chance to explore Stanley Park
Stanley Park sits atop the Must Do List for just about every visitor to Vancouver. And it’s easy to see why. Bigger than New York City’s Central Park, framed by water on every side, overlooked by snow-capped mountains, and packed with wildlife.
But did you know the vast majority of visitors to the park never see a single trail? Bus tours cruise around the perimeter but are restricted from accessing the park’s interior. So here at Forbidden Vancouver we’ve put together a 2+ hour walking tour for those who really want to explore Stanley Park. Our expert local guides will take you from the world-famous seawall to dark forest trails, to former crime scenes to secret cemeteries.