7 Law Text Culture 98 (2003)
Imperial Legacies (Post) Colonial Identities: Law, Space and the Making of Stanley Park, 1859-2001

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Law, Space and the Making of Stanley Park,
1859-20011
Renisa Mawani
Beautiful Stanley Park, one of the show parks of America ... has many
cultivated spaces, but its chief attraction to both citizen and visitor, is that
the park commissioners have kept it, for the most part, in its primeval
state. Thus, of all large centers on the continent, Vancouver probably can
claim the only large park within its city boundaries, almost as Nature [sic]
made it - (The Buzzer 1925)2
Stanley Park isn't just Vancouver's biggest tourist attraction. It's also Van-
couver's soul, offering the elusive experience of deep and absolute calm
found only in an ancient place - (Grant & Dickson 2003: 9)
Stanley Park is the third largest urban park in North America. Located in
downtown Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), the 960-acre park was
opened by civic authorities in 1888, only two years after the city was
incorporated. From early on, Stanley Park became a popular leisure
space for Vancouver's 'citizens' and visitors alike. Today, as one of the
most frequented tourist destinations in BC, the park remains an
important attraction, offering a variety of year round recreational
opportunities and drawing approximately 8 million visitors annually
(Grant & Dickson 2003, Steele 1985, 1993). Importantly, Stanley Park
also occupies a significant geographic and symbolic space in
Vancouver's imaginary. Often described as 'the foremost symbol of
Canada's most beautiful city' (Steele 1985: 7), the park is celebrated in

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