Incorporated on April 6,1886 Vancouver's population was barely 2600 people. On May 12th of that year Malcolm MacLean, the newly elected first Mayor, petitioned the Government of Canada to lease the peninsula for the city's Park. It was incredible foresight. The Government agreed to a 99 year lease at a dollar a year which was renewed in 2008.
On September 27, 1888 Vancouver's second Mayor David Oppenheimer opened the Park announcing that, "It was the most beautiful park in the world".
Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor-General of Canada and the Parks name-sake, officially opened the park on October 12th 1889. At the ceremony he dedicated it "to the use and enjoyment of people of all colours, creeds and customs for all time". Historic words indeed.
Shooting of the DVD Stanley Park - Four Seasons began February 02/2010. Principle photography ended in December of 2010. Veteran editor and postproduction executive, Barry Backus wrote, shot and edited the film. He recalls it was the first place that he and his new wife visited on the day they moved to Vancouver some 20 years ago. It was a fantastic place to visit with his young family. He said "growing up in Northern Ontario I knew of the Park but little else of Vancouver and was excited to see the forest and marine life". His young family were members of the Aquarium and spent many days exploring the park. It was what they could afford. Even today young families and new immigrants enjoy the peace and tranquility of the oasis that is Stanley Park.
Years later Barry wanted to capture those experiences on video and set about making a portrait of the Park that is now the DVD "Stanley Park - Four Seasons". "It's a place where you feel included and a part of something bigger."
Selling for under ten dollars, it's an affordable keepsake that can easily be mailed to friends and relatives and is now available at locations in and around the Park.
Legends of the Moon Gift Shop - in the Park (Near the Totem Exhibit)
Spokes Cycle Rentals and Yes Cycles Ltd. - corner of Denman and Georgia Streets, Sandpiper Gifts - Weston Bayshore Hotel,
Sandpiper Gifts - Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson,
Gateway News Stand - Food Court under the Waterfront Hotel (near Canada Place).
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