Over its history Stanley Park has undergone significant change due to weather, like the storm that hit on December 15, 2006.
Hurricane force gusts toppled thousands of trees and the park was closed to the public for days due to concerns that unstable trees would fall onto roads and paths. In all, the storm ripped apart and flattened 41 hectares of trees.
Debris falling from cliffs overhead damaged the seawall and some parts would not re-open until almost a year later.
“The very same seawall I used to jog along and hacky-sack on back when I was younger,” recalls The Weather Network's Chris Mei.
A series of lows began to track into the region on December 11, “and the knock out punch happened on December 15 when very powerful winds funneled in,” says Mei. “The Stanley Park infrastructure was already damaged so it didn't take much to knock down trees and do significant damage on the 15th.”
The restoration cost millions of dollars and it's hoped that the park is now more resilient to the ravages of weather.