Stanley Park's Secret : The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch, and Brockton Point

Stanley Park's Secret: The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch, and Brockton Point

Jean Barman
$32.95


Finalist for 2006 BC Book Prize – Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Shortlisted for George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in B.C. Writing and Publishing

Each year, over eight million people visit Stanley Park, a 400-hectare (1000-acre) haven of beauty that offers a backdrop of majestic cedars and firs and an environment teeming with wildlife just steps from the sidewalks and skyscrapers of Vancouver. But few visitors stop to contemplate the secret past of British Columbia’s most popular tourist destination. 

Officially opened in 1888, Stanley Park was born alongside the city of Vancouver, so it is easy to assume that the park was a pristine wilderness when it was first created. But much of it had been logged and it was home to a number of settlements. Aboriginal people lived at the villages of Whoi Whoi, now Lumberman’s Arch, and nearby Chaythoos. Some of the immigrant Hawaiians earlier employed in the fur trade took jobs at the lumber mills that dotted Burrard Inlet from the 1860s and settled at “Kanaka Ranch,” which was located just outside the park’s southeast boundary. Others resided at Brockton Point on the peninsula’s eastern tip. Only in 1958 was the last of the many families forced out of their homes and the park returned to its supposed “pristine” character.

Working in collaboration with descendants of the families who once lived in the park area, historian Jean Barman skilfully weaves together the families’ stories with archival documents, Vancouver Parks Board records and court proceedings to reveal a troubling, yet deeply important facet of BC’s history. 


Prize(s): Winner City of Vancouver Book Prize (2007) 

"Jean Barman reveals the ‘secret’ past of Vancouver's greatest park in this engaging and well-written story of the families who lived within Stanley Park’s current boundaries. Barman shatters forever our idea of Stanley Park as a pristine wilderness carefully set aside for future generations." 

—David Rahn, Western Mariner


–Praise from the Western Mariner

"Stanley Park’s Secret offers another history, another way of seeing people, land and how the two intersect when interests conflict. . . . Drawing on oral histories and hundreds of documents, she gives voice to those who have been silenced." 

—Candace Fertile, The Vancouver Sun


–Praise from The Vancouver Sun

“Reading a book by local historian Jean Barman is like looking at the negative of a well-loved picture. By reversing the light and the dark, she forces us to tee the edges, the margins, the details pushed aside by the Technicolor myths of an accepted history.”

—Geoff D’Auria, Vancouver Review


–Vancouver Review


Harbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781550174205
Paperback / softback
6.0 in x 9.0 in - 280 pp
Publication Date: 18/04/2007
BISAC Subject(s):: TRV006050-TRAVEL / Canada / Western Provinces (AB, BC),HIS006010-HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867),HIS006020-HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-) 
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Finalist for 2006 BC Book Prize – Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Shortlisted for George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in B.C. Writing and Publishing

Each year, over eight million people visit Stanley Park, a 400-hectare (1000-acre) haven of beauty that offers a backdrop of majestic cedars and firs and an environment teeming with wildlife just steps from the sidewalks and skyscrapers of Vancouver. But few visitors stop to contemplate the secret past of British Columbia’s most popular tourist destination. 

Officially opened in 1888, Stanley Park was born alongside the city of Vancouver, so it is easy to assume that the park was a pristine wilderness when it was first created. But much of it had been logged and it was home to a number of settlements. Aboriginal people lived at the villages of Whoi Whoi, now Lumberman’s Arch, and nearby Chaythoos. Some of the immigrant Hawaiians earlier employed in the fur trade took jobs at the lumber mills that dotted Burrard Inlet from the 1860s and settled at “Kanaka Ranch,” which was located just outside the park’s southeast boundary. Others resided at Brockton Point on the peninsula’s eastern tip. Only in 1958 was the last of the many families forced out of their homes and the park returned to its supposed “pristine” character.

Working in collaboration with descendants of the families who once lived in the park area, historian Jean Barman skilfully weaves together the families’ stories with archival documents, Vancouver Parks Board records and court proceedings to reveal a troubling, yet deeply important facet of BC’s history. 


Prize(s): Winner City of Vancouver Book Prize (2007) 

"Jean Barman reveals the ‘secret’ past of Vancouver's greatest park in this engaging and well-written story of the families who lived within Stanley Park’s current boundaries. Barman shatters forever our idea of Stanley Park as a pristine wilderness carefully set aside for future generations." 

—David Rahn, Western Mariner


–Praise from the Western Mariner

"Stanley Park’s Secret offers another history, another way of seeing people, land and how the two intersect when interests conflict. . . . Drawing on oral histories and hundreds of documents, she gives voice to those who have been silenced." 

—Candace Fertile, The Vancouver Sun


–Praise from The Vancouver Sun

“Reading a book by local historian Jean Barman is like looking at the negative of a well-loved picture. By reversing the light and the dark, she forces us to tee the edges, the margins, the details pushed aside by the Technicolor myths of an accepted history.”

—Geoff D’Auria, Vancouver Review


–Vancouver Review

Details


Harbour Publishing
ISBN: 9781550174205
Paperback / softback
6.0 in x 9.0 in - 280 pp
Publication Date: 18/04/2007
BISAC Subject(s):: TRV006050-TRAVEL / Canada / Western Provinces (AB, BC),HIS006010-HISTORY / Canada / Pre-Confederation (to 1867),HIS006020-HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-) 
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