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Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon is a quiet little tranquil spot on the far west side of Stanley Park from downtown Vancouver (pronounced “Vancoover”). You get there by driving all the way around the park and taking the Georgia Street exit.

Duck Pond at Lost Lagoon Stanley Park Vancouver

Before they built the causeway that divides Stanley Park taking you over the Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore, Coal Harbour would fill up the tidal flat almost all the way to English Bay. At low tide the water would recede and this inspired a famous local poet named Pauline Johnson to write a poem called "Ode to the Lost Lagoon" and the name stuck.

The lagoon is a safe haven for migratory birds that call Stanley Park home imagine these birds actually have homes in the center of Vancouver which is the third biggest city in Canada!

Some birds that you are likely to see here are swans, ducks, Canada geese and blue heron.

Unlike the rest of Stanley Park which is a lot of old growth rain forest trees, the lagoon is more like a wetland or marshland

It’s full of small islands and marshy grasses and bulrushes along the edge of the lagoon make a protective cover and nesting areas for the birds. Kind of like their own security system to protect their nests from the other wildlife you’ll find in Vancouver like coyotes, raccoons.

Strolling around Lost Lagoon is a delightful break from the fast pace of the city to watch the adult birds with their young in the spring as they waddle around and swim.

It’s always tempting to share food with the birds but its best not to. It’s not good for them and it makes them become aggressive for more people food.

A leisurely walk along the gravel pathway that takes you around Lost Lagoon makes for one of my most favorite peaceful and relaxing ways to wind down. It’s truly one of the secret spots to relax in Vancouver. And you’ll also find the occasional benches that invite you to stop and sit awhile and just take in this little peace of heaven.

Vancouver's Stanley Park Attractions:

Brockton Oval
Brockton Point and Lighthouse
Coal Harbour
Empress of Japan
General Tips
Girl in Wet Suit
Free Shuttle Bus
Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Lawn Bowling
Lumbermen’s Arch
Hollow Tree
Miniature Railway
Prospect Point
Restaurants in Stanley Park
Totem Poles
Rose Garden
Walking the Seawall
Water park and Playground

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