The Lumbermens' Arch is probably the most unique attraction in Vancouver. There is nothing like it in the entire world! This is actually the 2nd Lumbermen's Arch. The original was more of a building structure. It resided at the same location from 1913 to 1947 when it was in disrepair and removed. This Lumbermen's Arch was built in 1952. The original arch became a common gathering place for Vancouver residents. Now, this area is still a gathering place where there are many events and a popular picnic area.
Be sure to walk to the lower end of the Lumbermen's Arch to see the plaque!
In 1912, the BC Lumbermen and Shinglemen's Society honoured the Duke of Connaught, son of Queen Victoria, with an arch to mark his visit to Vancouver. A career soldier, the Duke was beloved by many Canadians for his role in strengthening Canadian military forces and promoting hometown charities. He also served as Canada's Governor General from 1911 to 1916. The Duke's procession passed through the arch in Vancouver's downtown core. Following his visit, the arch was moved to this site. Due to decay, the wooden arch was replace by the cedar archway you see today-built in 1952 to honour BC's Lumber industry.
The plaque says:
This arch was erected in 1952 by the Board of Park Commissioners and the British Columbia Lumber Manufacturers Association. The original Lumbermen's Arch known as the Bowie Arch was built in 1912 on Pender Street near Hamilton Street in honour of the visit to Vancouver of the Duke of Connaught, Governor General of Canada at that time. The original arch was moved to this site and was a familiar landmark until dismantled in 1947.
The Lumbermens Arch is located on the north side of Stanley Park, just off off Stanley Park Drive.
By Car: Take the Georgia Street entrance to Stanley Park, continue to the traffic circle and take first exit from the traffic circle to end up heading east on Stanley Park Drive. Continue all the away around Brockton Point until you arrive at the Lumbermens Arch.
By Bicycle: Either take the Stanley Park Seawall bicycle path around Brockton Point to Lumbermens Arch OR from Coal Harbour go up the old Entrance Bridge past the Stanley Park Pavilion and the Lumbermens Arch area is just past on the right.
By Bus: Take the #19 Stanley Park bus to the Stanley Park Bus Loop. From the loop it is a short walk north.
There is a parking lot at Lumbermens arch. Additional parking nearby is at the Vancouver Aquarium Parking Lot or Brockton Oval Parking Lot. For more detailed information (rates, times, etc.) about parking in Stanley Park, please read: Parking in Stanley Park