Ceperley Meadow is a large natural meadowy wetland environment area with a duck pond, beaver dam, and bridges.
It is located next to Ceperley Park near Second Beach in Stanley Park. Note that the naming is confusing...Ceperley Meadow is located across the street from Ceperley Park which are both in Stanley Park!
The Stanley Park Ecology Society and Vancouver Parks Board are working hard to return Ceperley Meadow to a wetland environment. There is a no mow policy which lets the environment evolve. Invasive plants like the Himalayan Blackberry are removed so they don't compete with the native plants. The wetland environment helps freshwater dependent animals such as ducks, herons, songbirds, raptors, beavers, and insects.
Migratory birds also uses this habitat. Birds such as hummingbirdes, warblers, and flycatchers can be observed in the spring. Great Blue herons are also commonly in this area.
There are also many species of plant life such as the common rush, willow, and hardhack which are in this meadow.
Ceperley Meadow was once a saltwater marsh. It became a freshwater marsh when Lost Lagoon was cut off from Coal Harbour in the 1920s. It is possible with rising sea levels that one day it returns to being a salt water marsh.
There is a beaver that lives who built and lives in the beaver dam under the stone bridge in Ceperley Meadow.
You can quite often see the beaver at dawn and at dusk chewing on trees or in the meadow.
There are walking and bicycle paths that run the length of Ceperley Meadow.
There are walking paths on both sides of the duck pond.
There is 1 bicycle path on the east side of Ceperley Meadow.
For most people, Ceperley Meadow is not a destination, but part of the journey by either walking or bicycling on one of the paths.
There is a large duck pond which runs almost the entire length of Ceperley Meadow.
Obviously, there are ducks in the pond. There are a variety of ducks here, but wood ducks are quite common. There are benches in one part where you can sit to view the ducks.
Note that feeding any animals is prohibited in Stanley Park. People used to do it, but it caused Coyote problems, so now there is a big fine if you are caught feeding the animals.
There is also a beaver dam with a real beaver that lives at Ceperley Meadow. More on the beaver below!
There are 2 bridges, one stone and one wooden which you can use to cross Ceperley Meadow.
In the past you could see the giant mute Swans in the duck pond, but they were removed and put into retirement a number of years ago.
Ceperley Meadow is named after Grace Ceperley who donated money to create the original playground in Stanley Park. Ceperley Park is also named after her and there is a plaque to her there.
Ceperley Meadow is located less than 1 kilometer west into Stanley Park from the Beach Avenue entrance at English Bay. It is located just across Stanley Park Drive from Ceperley Park.