Nature’s Past Episode 39: The Environmental History of Stanley Park

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Episode 39: The Environmental History of Stanley Park

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In 1888, the City of Vancouver officially opened its first urban park to the public, Stanley Park. The park lies adjacent to downtown Vancouver, encompassing a nearly 1,000-acre peninsula. It is one of the best-known parks in Canada and its history has shaped the city of Vancouver for more than a century.

Since the mid-nineteenth century, North American city officials have created parks for leisure and recreation within urban environments. The shape, meaning, and idea of city parks has changed over time. On this episode of the podcast, we speak with environmental historian Sean Kheraj about his new book Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History of Stanley Park.

Book Cover: Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History of Stanley Park.

Works Cited:

Sean Kheraj, Canadian History & Environment

Kheraj, Sean. Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013.

Music Credits:

“Bright Sunshine (Acoustic)” by Plastic3

“Piano Seven” by audiotechnica

“Crying Rain” (Acoustic)” by Plastic3

Photo Credit:

Stanley Park commemorative stamp, 2001-2004


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 39: The Environmental History of Stanley Park” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 30 September 2013.

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Sean Kheraj is the director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and vice dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York 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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