Tour Locations | Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall
LOCATION 13 | Cycling the Stanley Park Seawall
Throughout this bike ride, be on the lookout for the many species of wildlife making their homes in Stanley Park and in the Vancouver Harbour.
Mammals you might see are: seals, otters, whales, raccoons, beavers, bats, and squirrels.
Grey squirrels are not native and were introduced by the park board in 1911. The board noticed that squirrels attracted tourists in many urban parks of the world, in particular Central Park in New York City and therefore purchased the grey squirrels from a trapper and released them in the park.
The squirrels have since spread across the entire province of British Columbia and are considered one of the most invasive species in the world.
There are 230 species of migratory birds, including 325 Pacific Great Blue Herons. The park board has a High Definition heron cam that broadcasts the inside of the nest of the colony online during mating season from March until the end of summer.
If you see a nest, practically the size of a VW Bug, it’s likely the nest of one of the 5 pairs of bald eagles.
Near waterways you'll likely see swans, seagulls and the bird which carries this country's namesake: the Canada goose.