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Stanley Park celebrates its 125th birthday

For 125 years, Stanley Park has been a beloved leisure and recreation site. The park, named after former governor general Lord Stanley, has drawn millions of visitors.

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Vancouver's first city council began establishing Stanley Park in 1886. The park, named after Lord Stanley, then the governor general, is now one of the city's most popular landmarks.

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Sightseers enjoy the view from Stanley Park's Prospect Point Lookout, overlooking the First Narrows of Burrard Inlet, in this 1891 picture. The park opened officially two years earlier. Across the narrows North Vancouver remains an undeveloped forest and the Lions Gate Bridge, which now spans the narrows to the left of this lookout, was not built for another 47 years.

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Stanley Park Zoo, c. 1898.

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Stanley Park’s famous Hollow Tree, Vancouver, B.C., c. 1890s.

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Touring car in front of Hollow Tree at Stanley Park, c. 1915.

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Large gathering in Stanley Park near bandstand, c. 1910s

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Storm damage clean-up and preparation for tree removal in Stanley Park on June 13, 2007. Caroline Astley, Wildlife Biologist with consultant company Madrone Environmental Services Ltd. works ahead of the working crew, where she checks for everything from salamanders to birds nests making sure that they are not disturbed.

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Artist Kevin Schmidt paints on the stump of a fallen tree in Vancouver, British Columbia's Stanley Park, May 10, 2007. The tree was one of thousands of trees blown down in the park during a winter storm late last year. The stump will be trimmed to preserve the painting and will be used to raise money to restore the park.

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Tourist take their photo in front of a native totem pole in Stanley Park January, 27, 2008. Vancouver was forecast to get 10 cm of snow but it failed to materialize.

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A man rides his bicycle along the seawall in Stanley Park with a backdrop of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, September 19, 2011.

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Tourists stand outside the security fence surrounding Stanley Park's famous hollow tree in Stanley Park in Vancouver, Thursday, June 12, 2008. The fate of the 1,100-year-old red cedar is back in the news as people continue to try and save it. The cedar has been battered over the years with the most recent being the wind storm that hit two years ago.

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Visitors to Stanley Park enjoy some lunch and the view at the new and improved Prospect Point lookout area in Vancouver, BC, December 15, 2008. The improvements come two years after a devasting storm ripped through the park.

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Tourist aboard a Horse Tour carriage in Vancouver's Stanley Park May 21, 2008.

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Stanley Park and Vancouver as seen from Cypress Mountain lookout August 20, 2013.

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An old photo taken at Stanley Park's Hollow Tree in the early 1900s is lined up with a view from today in this photo illustration taken in Vancouver, British Columbia August 21, 2013. The western Red Cedar Hollow Tree is a popular attraction in Stanley Park which is celebrating its 125th birthday. The 1,001 acre park officially opened on September 27, 1888. The now-dead Hollow Tree is estimated to be 1,000 years old and escaped extensive logging in the mid-1800s.

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