About the Book
Winner, 2023 Alcuin Society Book Design Awards | Third Prize (tied) – Reference Books
A concise, full-colour guide to more than 200 native and introduced plant and animal species found in Vancouver’s famed city park.
Vancouver’s Stanley Park is known around the world as a natural oasis in the midst of western Canada’s largest city. Unlike many urban parks, which are mostly cultivated, the 1,000-acre area now known as Stanley Park is part of the natural rainforest of this region. As much of this natural habitat has been preserved as parkland, Stanley Park is an accessible place to observe much of the native plant and animal life that can be found throughout the south coast of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.
The Flora and Fauna of Stanley Park is a practical and colourful keepsake, highlighting more than 200 trees, shrubs, wildflowers, berries, seaweeds, birds, land mammals, and shoreline creatures. With clear colour photography, detailed descriptions, etymology, and safety tips and warnings, this book is the perfect go-to guide for visitors to the park, and anyone interested in the rich biodiversity of the Vancouver area and beyond.
About the Author(s)
Collin Varner is a horticulturalist/arboriculturalist. He began his career at the University of British Columbia’s Botanical Garden, and over the next forty years he assumed responsibility for conserving 25,000 trees across campus and taught courses in native plant studies. Now retired, Varner is an avid photographer, world traveller, and bestselling author of The Flora and Fauna of Coastal British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, Invasive Flora of the West Coast, and The Flora and Fauna of Stanley Park.
"Leafing through The Flora and Fauna of Stanley Park is like going for a walk with someone who loves the park. From the wildflowers at your feet to the towering trees and everything in between: Collin Varner knows them . . . and he’s happy to make introductions!"
—Ariel Gordon, author of Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests
"Through clear photographs and compact descriptions, The Flora and Fauna of Stanley Park expands my knowledge of the park, especially its herbaceous plants, ferns, songbirds, and waterfowl. As a frequent park visitor, I often wonder, 'What bird is that?' Now, I have answers."
—Nina Shoroplova, author of Legacy of Trees: Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver's Stanley Park
“If one wants to understand a natural ecosystem, a critically important first step is to learn the names and habits of the living organisms that make it their home. The Flora and Fauna of Stanley Park provides a practical and enjoyable place to start. Its beautifully illustrated pages are filled with practical information presented in a clear and well-organized field guide format. It is perfect for taking to the park on nature walks. I recommend this book as a primer for anybody wishing to walk down the learning pathways of Stanley Park.”
—Bill Stephen, Urban Forestry Superintendent (ret.), Vancouver Park Board
"This compact guidebook will be useful for both residents and visiting nature-lovers. The layout is clean and uncrowded, with information presented under clear headings. A helpful appendix has additional lists of fungi, invasive plants, and marine flora and fauna. The inclusion of viewing locations is a particularly nice feature.”
—Teresa Gagné, co-chair Nature Vancouver Botany Committee