The Hollow Tree - Stanley Park

Glenn Tkach describes the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park as one of Vancouver's most well-known attractions. The photo below gives you an idea just how large it is - with a circumference of about 60 feet. The elephant here was visiting Vancouver for a parade in the 1930's.

An elephant in the Hollow Tree at Stanley Park. Undated photo from Frank Gowen's Vancouver, 1914-1931 (Heritage House, 2001) [PNG Merlin Archive]

A Western Red Cedar, it was anywhere from 600 to 800 years old when it died. This hollowed-out remant is all that remains. For over a 100 years, thousands of people have been photographed at this historical site.

The photographers who earn their living from this tree saved it from destruction in 1910. They lobbied against plans to destroy it in favour of an expanding roadway. Destruction was threated again in 2006 - this time, at the hands of Mother Nature.

A sever windstorm that year damaged the tree, causing it to lean at at a dangerous angle. The Park Board considered felling it a letting it rot. But there was a huge public outcry, so instead, they worked to preserve it. A metal frame was constructed to hold the tree in place, preserving it for future generations.

Hollow Tree Stanley Park Vancouver Canada - YouTube

The tree is listed in the Vancouver Heritage Register and has been recognized as a valued cultural resouce in Stanley Park National Historic Site.

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