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Beautiful Earth in the Summer

Summer is upon us and the park is now getting very busy indeed with tourists all flocking to see what this beautiful place has to offer.
It’s always a good thing to step back a little from the documentary filming and take a look at the park through a visitor’s eyes. It’s sometimes easy to forget just how beautiful and how unique this place really is; a Vancouver treasure indeed!

We’ve had another couple of interviews since our last blog. The first was with the extremely busy Daniel Frankel, who some of you may know as the owner of the Prospect Point café and gift shop and the Stanley Park Bar & Grill located at the Pavilion. He also has other restaurants around the city, all of which are well-worth dining at. Here’s his website where you will find information on all his restaurants
One thing we’re always impressed with when we go to his restaurants is how friendly the staff are. After talking with Daniel at some length about this it became clear that he really tries to create a true team spirit within his company and everyone has ideas worth listening to. Richard Branson has the same attitude so it’s no wonder that Daniel is as successful as he is!


Daniel Frankel: business man owner of Prospect Point Cafe and Stanley Park Grill

Our interview with Daniel covered his passion for Stanley Park, his restaurants and the night of the big storm where Prospect Point café was hit hard.

A genuinely nice guy to talk with and considering just how busy he is right now we are truly grateful for his time. Many thanks Daniel! Also, a huge thank you to Jayne for making it happen, it was worth the wait!
Our other interview was with Chris Hay and if his name sounds familiar then it should as he was in the media last year when the Stanley Park Rock Garden was formally recognized by the Heritage Foundation.

It was Chris Hay’s Great Grandfather, John Montgomery, that built the Rock Garden from 1911 to 1920. You can read our article about it here


Chris Hay: Great Grandson of John Montgomery

Chris talked to us about his extensive research into his family history and the many years it took to uncover the whole story of the Rock Garden. There were many steps along the way where he would come up against huge obstacles and there were times when most people would have given up the quest but Chris persisted and with many strokes of luck he was able to complete the story and discover this true gem in the park.

It’s a remarkable story, and it was only a chance meeting with Chris that brought him to our attention in the first place so we feel very fortunate to be including this story in our documentary. Thanks for your time Chris!

We were extremely pleased and honoured to have Melina Cassidy stop by recently to record three voice-over pieces for our Pauline Johnson feature. We felt strongly from the beginning that Pauline should have a voice in our documentary and so when Melina sat down and read for us we knew we’d struck gold. She brought her obvious talent to the role and gave us her interpretation of what Pauline would sound like. Of course, nobody knows what kind of voice she had but there was something very special about the way Melina approached it and we really feel it is the perfect fit. Stay tuned for the teaser trailer, which will include a brief taste of this feature. Thank you Melina for giving your time!


Melina Cassidy: Voice talent, actor, spa therapist and bodyworker
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And thanks as always to everyone for reading and keeping up with our progress here at Beautiful Earth. Keep well and keep smiling!