Inventing Stanley Park

An Environmental History

Sean Kheraj

  • Published: 2013
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

In early December 2006, a powerful windstorm ripped through Vancouver's Stanley Park. The storm transformed the city's most treasured landmark into a tangle of splintered trees and shattered a decades-old vision of the park as timeless virgin wilderness. In Inventing Stanley Park, Sean Kheraj traces how this tension between popular expectations of idealized nature and the volatility of complex ecosystems helped shape the landscape of one of the world's most famous urban parks.
Sean Kheraj is an assistant professor in theDepartment of History at York University.
Foreword / Graeme Wynn

Introduction: Knowing Nature through History

1 Before
Stanley Park

2 Making
the Park Public

Improving Nature

4 The
City in the Park

Restoring Nature

Conclusion: Reconciliation with Disturbance