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

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Episode 5: The Storm History of Stanley Park

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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.


Wolf Read

Joanna Dean

Work 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:

“Bevel (Walled & Drilled)” by hisboyelroy

“Little Piece” by Pitx

“Long Winter” by Pitx

“Nothing” by Pitx

Photo Credit:

“The December 15th Windstorm” by SqueakyMarmot


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

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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