Nature’s Past – Episode 5: The Storm History of Stanley Park

Nature’s Past Episode  05 – click to play | right click, ‘save as’ to download

In 2006, Vancouver’s Stanley Park was struck by an extreme windstorm event, which blew down more than ten thousand trees in the park. This was just one of a series of regular windstorms to strike the park in the twentieth century, including major storms in 1901, 1934, and 1962. The nature of windstorms in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland is incredibly complicated and the research of Wolf Read, a graduate student in the Department of Forest Sciences at UBC, will help us try to make sense of it.

Also, Professor Joanna Dean from Carleton University’s Department of History tells us about the upcoming Canadian History & Environment Summer School in Ottawa.

Works Cited:

  • Kheraj, Sean. ‘Restoring Nature: Ecology, Memory, and the Storm History of Vancouver’s Stanley Park’ Canadian Historical Review 88 (4) 2007: 577-612.

Music Credits:

Other Contributor(s): 
  • Joanna Dean
  • Wolf Read

Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 5: The Storm History of Stanley Park.” Nature’s Past. 22 April 2009.

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Sean Kheraj is an associate professor in the Department of History at York University. He researches and teaches in the areas of environmental and Canadian history. In addition to being a co-editor of, he is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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