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Heritage House Publishing Spring 2020

Legacy of Trees
Purposeful Wandering in Vancouver's Stanley Park
By (author): Nina Shoroplova
Nina Shoroplova


Heritage House



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Jun 02, 2020
$29.95 CAD


9in x 8.5 x 1 in | 1 gr

Page Count:

288 pages


colour and b&w photographs throughout
Heritage House
NATURE / Plants / Trees
British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Medal 2021, Short-listed

Honourable Mention, 2021 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

An engaging, informative, and visually stunning tour of the numerous native, introduced, and ornamental tree species found in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, combining a wealth of botanical knowledge with a fascinating social history of the city’s most celebrated landmark.

Measuring 405 hectares (1,001 acres) in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park is home to more than 180,000 trees. Ranging from centuries-old Douglas firs to ornamental Japanese cherry trees, the trees of Stanley Park have come to symbolize the ancient roots and diverse nature of the city itself.

For years, Nina Shoroplova has wandered through Vancouver’s urban forest and marvelled at the multitude of tree species that flourish there. In Legacy of Trees, Shoroplova tours Stanley Park’s seawall and beaches, wetlands and trails, pathways and lawns in every season and every type of weather, revealing the history and botanical properties of each tree species.

Unlike many urban parks, which are entirely cultivated, the area now called Stanley Park was an ancient forest before Canada’s third-largest city grew around it. Tracing the park’s Indigenous roots through its colonial history to its present incarnation as the jewel of Vancouver, visited by eight million locals and tourists annually, Legacy of Trees is a beautiful tribute to the trees that shape Stanley Park’s evolving narrative.

Nina Shoroplova is a historian, researcher, photographer, and author. Born and raised in Wales, she immigrated to Canada in 1969 and settled for a time at the Douglas Lake Ranch, the subject of her first book, Cattle Ranch: The Story of the Douglas Lake Cattle Company. An avid walker, amateur botanist, and tree enthusiast, she lives three blocks away from Vancouver’s world-famous Stanley Park.

Targeted print and online media pitches (interviews, features, reviews):

  • Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province, Georgia Straight, Vancouver Courier, SFU
    Alumni News, Common Ground, BC BookWorld, 
    Ormsby Review, British Columbia Magazine, Discovery Magazine (Nature Vancouver), Vancouver Is Awesome, The Tyee

 Targeted broadcast media pitches:

  • CBC Radio—Vancouver (North by Northwest, On the Coast, The Early Edition); 980 CKNW (The Simi Sara Show); CKWX—News 1130, Vancouver Coop Radio; Global BC (Global News Morning); City TV (Breakfast Television Vancouver

Author events:

  • book launch at Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club
  • walking tours of Stanley Park
  • reading/signing at Banyen Books and Vancouver Public Library


  • Read Local BC
  • 49th Shelf
  • BC BookWorld

Festival pitches: 

  • Vancouver Writers Festival
  • Word Vancouver
  • Galiano Literary Festival

Outreach to travel and tourism, cultural heritage, and natural history organizations:

  • Vancouver Park Board
  • Stanley Park Ecology Society
  • Friends of Vancouver City Archives
  • Heritage Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Native Plant Society of BC
  • Vancouver Newcomers Club

Marketing + Promo Deliverables:

  • Electronic blad / sampler
  • Electronic ARC
  • Online banner
  • Press release

For more information contact
[email protected]

"I highly recommend Legacy of Trees to anyone who loves Stanley Park, and to anyone who loves trees. It is written with scientific integrity and historical accuracy, but also with a flow that allows for easy and enjoyable reading. It can become your companion on many happy sojourns in the world’s greatest urban park. Through Legacy of Trees, we have a snapshot of Stanley Park’s first 130 years as told through its trees. Perhaps most importantly, we have an informative historical chapter to remember as we turn the corner and enter a process of reconciliation between the region’s Indigenous Peoples and the Vancouver Park Board, a process aimed at creating a deeper and better vision of how the park will move forward into the future."—Bill Stephen, Superintendent of Urban Forestry, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

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