Welcome to Lost Lagoon



Welcome to The Swans of Stanley Park and to their home, Lost Lagoon, situated at the entrance of Stanley Park, in Vancouver, Canada. We hope that this web site will bring you closer to this most special part of the wildlife of Lost Lagoon through the year, and will delight, as well as inform.


In addition to reading about the life of each swan, their characteristics and problems and how to treat them, you are welcome to post messages on the 5 message boards, view the photo gallery, rate and suggest pictures, take the "Swan Quiz",  suggest articles, add your link, and send us your comments.


When you stroll along the shore of Lost Lagoon, the graceful beauty of the Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) catches your eye as they glide elegantly across the water, but there is a dimension well beyond that first glimpse that touches the heart and endears these proud birds to all who get to know them.


East view of Lost Lagoon, Vancouver, Canada

Precious the Swan - East side of the Lagoon as background


Mute swans are native to most of Europe, parts of Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Siberia and China. They have also been introduced into other parts of the world such as New Zealand and North America. In Eastern Europe, swans are wild but in England they have been domesticated for over a thousand years. Tradition tells us that Richard the Lionheart brought swans to Britain from Cyprus after his third crusade, and for centuries, mute swans have been “royal.”


Papa and Mama   


In medieval times, the Crown granted special rights to favored noblemen and liveried  companies. The custom is carried on today in the annual “Swan Upping” on the River Thames where young Mute Swans’ beaks are marked with the registered symbols of these ancient companies, the Dyers and the Vintners. All unmarked swans are the ‘property of the Queen.’  


West side of the Lagoon  


Vancouver’s first Mute Swans came as a gift from England around 1889, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the population became established. Around that time, over 75 swans lived in both Beaver Lake and Lost Lagoon, with a few new birds added over the years as the original number dwindled.



First-time mother Marlika and her 3 cygnets, Spring 2005  


Myriad “packaged” descriptions of Mute Swans have long circulated, but as in all of nature, they simply cannot be limited to one-dimensional characters - and they are definitely characters, each in his/her own way!


For example, Precious, the swan of the picture below, had just lost his long-time mate Mrs. P when this picture was taken; he was constantly patrolling the whole lagoon looking for her. You can feel his determination in this picture, you can feel that he is on a mission. Unfortunately, he never found Mrs. P but after a while, life brought him other compensations as you will be able to read in his story.


Precious looking for Mrs. P





Photos courtesy of Fiona Sinclair

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Re: swans not getting along  by: The Regal Swan
Hi Tom: Unfortunately, we have been trying to alert the public about US and state wildlife officials introducing the larger Trumpeter Swans for Trophy Waterfowl hunting purposes for years. These..
Re: Park Swans  by: The Regal Swan
Hi Kay: Since Minnesota is one of the states killing Mute Swans, it is unlikely that these are wild swans. Most states have relegated the Mute Swans (orange bills) to the captive setting by pinioning..
Park Swans  by: Kay
When I was a child and we were traveling, my Dad knew of a couple of city parks where they had pairs of swans, year after year. We always stopped to picnic in these parks and watch the swans. How..
Fiona and the swans   by: Message from Karen
pic I have just been in Vancouver for a couple of days and just prior to leaving I took a 5 mile stroll around Stanley Park culminating at Lost Lagoon. There I saw Fiona feeding the swans and I have to..
Royal swan fight  by: Just trying to kill each other!
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Mama & Papa Swan's Adventures   by: Swans 10 - Raccoon 0
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