Stanley Park has had many tourist attractions in its time, many of which were provided by Mother Nature herself. The Seven Sisters were such an attraction and for many years captivated those who ventured into the forest to see these magnificent trees.
Made up of six Douglas Firs and one Red Cedar, these giant trees were a true wonder of the park and a world-renowned tourist attraction for decades. They were admired and looked upon as monuments of nature and inspired native poet Pauline Johnson to write, ‘There is no fresco that can rival the delicacy of lace-work they have festooned between you and the far skies.’
She also called them the ‘Cathedral Trees’, seeing them as ‘Majestic forest giants’ and when you look at those old photographs it’s easy to see why Pauline, and others like her, felt so fond of them.
Sadly, those seven giants are no longer standing. By the 1940s they were dying and slowly over the years they were becoming increasingly unsafe. By the early 1960s the decision was made to finally bring the last of them down thus ending a very special chapter in the park’s history.
Today, if you take a stroll down the trail named Tatlow Walk to where it intersects with Bridal Path, you will see seven tree stumps. Here you can close your eyes and imagine what it was like all those years ago when those towering trees once stood and brought admirers from near and far to gaze at their stunning beauty.
In 1988 seven Douglas Firs were planted to commemorate the Stanley Park centennial and in memory of the Seven Sisters. In time these trees will tower over the path, as once did the original seven.