VHF West End Walking Tour

The Walking Tour season for Vancouver Heritage Foundation has just finished.  If you would like to go on these tours, contact the Foundation or check their website some time next year to see what tours they have in store for us in 2014. In August, I had the pleasure of joining the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and Maurice Guibord on yet another wonderful walking tour. This … Continue reading VHF West End Walking Tour

Georgia Viaduct Walking Tour

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation does it again.  I simply love them and their tours.  A couple of Wednesday nights ago, I had the extreme pleasure of joining a small platoon of social media contest winners along with John Atkins and Gordon Price on a walking tour about the Georgia Viaduct. First off, there were the ruins of the first Georgia Viaduct.  I didn’t even know … Continue reading Georgia Viaduct Walking Tour

Layers of Human Experience

I have heard the term “layers of human experience” used a few times recently. I’ve actually heard it mostly from Gordon Price. He talked about it on his talk at Creative Mornings in July. He also used it during the recent Viaducts Heritage Walk put on by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. Gordon mentioned that when a building or structure has been around long enough that … Continue reading Layers of Human Experience

The Royston Wrecks

Before I ever visited the Comox Valley, I had never heard of the Royston Wrecks.  I had come across a small blurb in a visitor’s guide to Courtenay and Comox describing this collection of ship wrecks.  Royston is a small town minutes south of Courtenay along the Old Island Highway.  I would never think of stopping here, but I found a little road that leads … Continue reading The Royston Wrecks

Cumberland – Chinese and Mining History in a Small BC Town

Cumberland is one of the last places I would have ever thought of visiting. I never heard of this little Vancouver Island town until I heard that my wife would be working for a while in Courtenay.  Cumberland is up and away from the east coast of Vancouver Island. It’s a quick drive past the Inland Island Highway from Courtenay to Cumberland. For me, the … Continue reading Cumberland – Chinese and Mining History in a Small BC Town

VHF Burrard Street Walk – Nelson to Davie

This is the last part of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s walk along Burrard Street.  We went south down Burrard Street past Nelson Street.  Maurice pointed the two hotels near Nelson and Burrard.  There was the older Century Plaza Hotel on the west side of the street and then the Sheraton Wall Centre, which stands on the tallest point on the Downtown Peninsula.  He retold the … Continue reading VHF Burrard Street Walk – Nelson to Davie

VHF Burrard Street Walk – Robson to Nelson

After the Christ Church Cathedral, we headed south to Burrard and Robson.  Burrard and Robson is the busiest retail intersection in the city.  It’s the start of the Robson Street shopping area with all the big name retail chains.  It’s also where playoff hockey celebrations tend to happen as cars with crazy Canuck fans honk their way up and down the road (but not this … Continue reading VHF Burrard Street Walk – Robson to Nelson

VHF Burrard Street Walk – Christ Church Cathedral

The Christ Church Cathedral was the highlight of my walking tour along Burrard Street organized by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.  This tiny unassuming church has been on the corner of Burrard and Georgia Streets since 1889.  It may look like an old English countryside church on the outside, but the inside is magnificent. We were very fortunate to have one of the pastors, Peter Elliot, … Continue reading VHF Burrard Street Walk – Christ Church Cathedral

VHF Burrard Street Walk – the Central Business District

Burrard Street is home to our current Central Business District.  It is where Vancouver does business.  The stretch from Hastings south to Georgia is home to most of the corporate headquarters in British Columbia. We walked south along Burrard from the Marine Building while Maurice, our guide extraordinaire once again, introduced some of the buildings to us.  One of the first buildings we came across … Continue reading VHF Burrard Street Walk – the Central Business District

VHF Burrard Street Walk – Revisiting the Marine Building

I said I would visit the Marine Building again one day after my last tour of it with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.  However, it took another VHF tour to get me back to the building.  This time, instead of walking down West Hastings, we were starting a Burrard Street heritage walking tour.  Again, the Art Deco designs with the local Pacific Northwest touches is an … Continue reading VHF Burrard Street Walk – Revisiting the Marine Building