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

See you later, Waldorf

See you later, and hopefully not farewell for now, Waldorf.  The Waldorf as-we-know-it closes operations today.  The whole issue has been talked about enough in the media.  So I’m not going to talk about that here.  I only visited The Waldorf for the first time last Friday on the news that it would be closing soon. So I snapped a few photos as I visited … Continue reading See you later, Waldorf

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

Keep Portland Weird!

One of Portland’s mottos is “Keep Portland Weird.”  It’s a fun and funky slogan. It’s even painted all over one wall in Old Town.  It sums up part of the Portland experience.  (I’m not sure if the Benz really fits with the motto, though). In Old Town, you can find one of Portland’s weird, fun, and funky eateries – Voodoo Doughnut.  It’s been featured on … Continue reading Keep Portland Weird!

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 12 | Bonus – The Dominion Building

Our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West ended in Victory Square.  We had taken a little over the 2 hour time allotted for the tour.  Some people had to get going, but Maurice invited those who had time to join him at the Dominion Building.  The Dominion Building is the distinct orange and red building across the street from Victory Square. The … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 12 | Bonus – The Dominion Building

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 11 | Pender Street Detour

We made another detour from Hastings Street on our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West.  We walk south 1 block to Pender Street. On the corner of Homer and Pender Streets, Maurice pointed out an apartment building under renovation.  He says the building and the one behind it along Homer Street belong to a lovely Dutch couple.  He says the couple run … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 11 | Pender Street Detour

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 10 | Academie Duello

Between Richards and Homer streets, our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West stopped in front of a small one-storey building.  Large windows fronted the building.  Signs with the name Academie Duello were splashed above the entrance. Maurice pointed out that this small building may not be very outstanding, but the pillars contain some interesting architectural features.  He pointed out the crumbling sandstone.  … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 10 | Academie Duello

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 9 | Sophia Books (not part of the tour)

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West continued past Harbour Centre and across Richards Street to the Standard Building. However, I am going to make a huge personal divergence here.  One of my favourite bookstores used to be beside the Waves Coffee at Hastings and Richards.  It was Sophia Books.  Sophia Books was not part of our tour, but it was an … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 9 | Sophia Books (not part of the tour)

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 8 | The Standard Building

After Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West continued down Hastings Street to the home of the Foundation, the Standard Building. I’ve walked past this building many times along Hastings.  All I know is that there’s the Italian Consulate inside.  But again, Maurice had us step into another lobby to take a look.  It’s not the Marine Building, but it … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 8 | The Standard Building

Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 7 | Hastings at Seymour

Our Vancouver Heritage Foundation‘s Historic Walking Tour of Hastings West continued down Hastings Street to Seymour Street.  We stopped at Price Waterhouse Centre, which is now officially known as Grant Thornton Place. Maurice invited us to think back to the 1970’s and what this building must have felt like going up on Hastings Street.  A lot of the buildings we’ve seen thus far are pre-WWII … Continue reading Hastings West Historic Walk – Part 7 | Hastings at Seymour