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Stanley Park Pavilion

Stanley Park Pavilion
Stanley Park Pavilion

Stanley Park Pavilion is a 1911 historic building in the middle of Stanley Park that has many uses.  It houses the banqueting venue Lord Stanley Ballroom which is used for weddings, corporate events, and private parties.  It also has the Rose Garden Tea Room and Stanley's Bar and Grill.  The Stanley Park Ecology Society has their offices in the building as well.  Around the building are beautifully landscaped gardens.  There are public washrooms accessible from the outside of the pavilion.

Stanley Park Pavilion
Stanley Park Pavilion

The Stanley Park Pavilion has been a focal point for Vancouver since it was built.  In the early years, it was an area used for many protests.  Now, it is primarily used for the restaurant and for weddings.  It has a beautiful garden out front.  It is so beautiful on a sunny day.  Stanley's Bar and Grill is open during the summer and has a great patio.

Storyboard outside the Stanley Park Pavilion
Storyboard outside the Stanley Park Pavilion

It says:

Vancouver's First Entertainment Hub

Park visitors have long gathered here, at the Stanley Park Pavilion and Malkin Bowl, to enjoy the food, music, and social pursuits.

Getting Together in Style

The Pavilion, built in 1911, became a hub of social activity as one of the Vancouver's original dining, dancing and refreshment venues.  It has since hosted many weddings, VIP events and civic functions.  It is the oldest building in Stanley Park and an important heritage site.  Otto Moberg, architect for the CP Rail chalets and lodges in Banff and Lake Louise, designed the Pavilion in a Swiss-chalet style using fieldstone and wood.

Music and Theatre: A Park-Tradition

The original bandstand, built in 1911 on what is now Malkin Bowl site, brought many Vancouverites together every Sunday.  The Vancouver City Band often played here, filling the park with music as men in their bowler hats and women in their dresses sat watching among the tall trees.  The Malkin Bowl replaced the bandstand in 1924 and was rebuilt in 1984 after severe fire damage.  Today, live theatre and musical events at Malkin Bowl continue to entertain appreciative crowds.

A small pavilion and rustic tea garden once catered to park visitors where Malkin Bowl now stands.  For 10 cents a head, you'd get a linen-draped picnic table with your choice of tea or coffee--and ice cream, for 5 cents extra.

inside the ballroom at the Stanley Park Pavilion
inside the ballroom at the Stanley Park Pavilion

Stanley Park Pavilion heritage building plaque
Stanley Park Pavilion heritage building plaque

The plaque says:

City of Vancouver Heritage Building

Stanley Park Pavilion

Architect: Otto Moberg

Designed to resemble a Swiss Chalet, this rustic log and stone building originally housed the Vancouver Park Board offices and a refreshment area for park visitors.  The building was constructed in 1911, enlarged in 1923-24, and is set in a lush landscape characteristic of Stanley Park's early development.  Over the years, it has been used for formal occasions including a reception given by the Prince of Wales in 1919 for the families of soldiers killed during World War I.

Where is the Stanley Park Pavilion in Stanley Park?

The Stanley Park Pavilion is located at 610 Pipeline Road in the middle of Stanley Park, just off of Pipeline Road near the Rose Garden.  Stanley's Bar and Grill is located in the pavilion.  The Rock Garden, and Malkin Bowl are next to the pavilion.  Nearby is the President Harding Memorial.

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