British Columbia

Spooked horses crash carriage into Stanley Park seawall ahead of Trudeau's arrival

There was a chaotic scene in Stanley Park just before noon today when a group of protesters appeared to accidentally spook a team of horses pulling a carriage full of tourists.

Loud protest ahead of an appearance by prime minister could have startled the horses

Guests fell out of the carriage after the horses were spooked by a car horn and loud noises from a nearby protest ahead of Prime Minister Trudeau's arrival 0:42

There was a chaotic scene in Stanley Park just before noon today when a group of protesters appeared to accidentally spook a team of horses pulling a carriage full of tourists.

The protesters were in the park ahead of an appearance by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to announce an ocean protection plan to address spills.

Protesters were engaged in a loud protest in Stanley Park ahead of Prime Minister Trudeau's arrival. (Glen Kugelstadt/CBC)

Witnesses said protesters were close to the carriage when someone sounded a horn, spooking the two large horses. The animals jumped the curb, pulling the carriage into a park bench. 

The horses ran into this seawall bench after becoming spooked. (Greg Rasmussen/CBC)

The driver of the carriage was knocked off and many of the passengers jumped off as the horses pulled it along the narrow bike path next to the ocean.

Some reportedly suffered minor injuries.

There were reports of minor injuries after a group of protesters appear to spook horses pulling a carriage in Stanley Park on Monday. (Chris Brown/CBC )

Patricia Jankalson, a tourist from Washington, was one of the passengers who fell out of the carriage. She commended the efforts of the driver.

"She did a brilliant job, as much as she could. But once the horses hit the bench, she was thrown out," she said.

Patricia Jankalson, a tourist from Washington, was in the horse-drawn carriage when the horses started to run. (Glen Kugelstadt/CBC)