Heron and ducks in Lost Lagoon
Heron and ducks in Lost Lagoon

#3AwesomeThings About Lost Lagoon

  1. Historically, an important food source:  Long before Europeans came to Vancouver to settle, the Squamish First Nation stewarded a very productive clam bed on the mud flats that are now Lost Lagoon.  They called this place  Ch’ekxwa’7lech which means “gets dry at times” because it used to disappear when the tide went out.  That is, until the lagoon was landlocked by the causeway in 1916.
  2. Bird Sanctuary since 1938:  After the walkway was constructed and canoeing and fishing were stopped In the early 1900’s it narrowly avoided becoming a sports field.  Luckily, the Parks Board felt the proposal was too expensive and opted for creating the artificial lake that is now Lost Lagoon instead.
  3. Nature in the City:  Lost Lagoon is literally next door to downtown Vancouver and a great place to spend time in nature an view wildlife.  It is the largest body of water in Stanley Park and is under the Stewardship of the Stanley Park Ecology Society.   Herons, waterfowl, eagles, and raccoons are just a few of the native species you’ll find at Lost Lagoon. collage of lost lagoon in fall and mallards

Visiting Lost Lagoon:

How to Get There:  The easiest way to get to stanley park is by transit; simply take the #19 bus and get off at Pipeline Road and Stanley Park Drive.  Then it’s just a one minute walk under the highway and you’ll be standing at the edge of the Lagoon.

You can also bike or walk from downtown, just head towards the Lions Gate Bridge and the lagoon will be just before the causeway on your right.

For more detailed information on how to get there or if you are driving, have a look at this page from the City of Vancouver.

Other Stats and Facts:

  • There is a 1.75km pathway pathway that goes all the way around the lagoon.
  • The Lost Lagoon Nature House is an interpretive center and Vancouver’s only ecology center.  Open on weekends in the winter between 10am and 4pm and Tuesday thru Sunday 10am to 5pm in July and August.
  • The infamous and non-native mute swans no longer reside in the Lagoon as of August 2016.  The swans had been a fixture on the Lagoon since the 1930’s and as many as 70 Swans resided here in the 1960’s.  Recently, in an effort to try and encourage native species to the lagoon, the mute swans were being managed by the parks board and prevented from breeding successfully.  Their numbers began to decline and as the remaining birds aged and fell prey to otters, a new home was found where the last three birds can live out the rest of their days in peace.