Named as one of the top parks in the world, Stanley Park is home to a number of shockingly large, beautiful trees. In fact, Canada’s biggest trees can be found in B.C. and for some species of tree, they are the world’s largest.
To celebrate, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is working alongside the Big Tree Committee and the Stanley Park Ecology Society as part of a weekend line up of events they are putting on in Stanley Park to connect people with these incredible trees right in their own back yards.
“Everyone loves big trees!” says Andy MacKinnon, renowned ecological researcher. “B.C.’s biggest trees are taller than a 30 storey building — if they were growing in downtown Vancouver (where they used to grow), they’d be as tall as many of the skyscrapers. For tree-huggers, you’d need more than a dozen of your friends with arms linked to hug some of these behemoths.”
Guests are invited to join us for a public presentation with Andy on Sunday June 21 at 7 p.m. Andy is the co-author of the most popular field guide for plants on this coast: Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska. He is a fixture among B.C.’s naturalists and biologists, both for his encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world and his enthusiasm for absolutely everything, even jelly fungi! He has written and contributed to many scientific and technical papers.
Andy will be presenting a stunning photo tour at the Vancouver Aquarium of some of the most spectacular rainforests in our regions. Individuals and families are welcome to join for this Father’s Day event.
In addition to the Aquarium event, several other “tree celebrating” events will be taking place over the weekend from exploratory tree climbing with certified arborist, Matthew Beatty, to a walking tour of the giant trees with Shaun Muc, all members of the Big Tree Registry.
Tickets are now on sale to hear from Andy June 21 at the Vancouver Aquarium. Please purchase your tickets early to ensure your attendance. Refreshments and beverages will be also available for purchase at the event. Doors open at 6:30 pm. We’ll also be streaming the event live online for those who are unable to attend in person.
Learn more about all of the events taking place during the Big Trees Weekend on the Stanley Park Ecology Society’s website.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre public programs provide family-friendly opportunities for people to connect with each other through hands-on activities, lectures, films, classes and field trips — all focused on aquatic conservation.