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And the beat goes on

From his commanding view at City Hall, Captain George Vancouver, after whom our city is named, is pointing over the domain he first explored in 1792. Captain Vancouver showed respect for and enjoyed mainly good relationships with indigenous people, easing his ability to survey the area. Less than a century later, the city of Vancouver…

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Spring highlights

What signifies spring in Vancouver better than cherry blossoms! This beautiful array of trees in pink bloom is outside the charming Strathmore Lodge Apartments at Bute St. and Comox St. in the West End. It overlooks Nelson Park on Mole hill. The Strathmore, one of Vancouver’s early apartment buildings, was originally named the Royal Alexandra…

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The once and future past of the West End

In 1900, when the two houses at Davie & Jervis Streets (on the right side of this picture) were built, the West End was sparsely populated. It was a gentler place of rolling hills and scrub brush, a lot of the trees having been logged. There were probably great views from the houses pictured above…

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The Great Northern Way

A new creative arts centre for Vancouver is burgeoning along Great Northern Way. It’s part of the False Creek Flats in an area dominated by the new Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC), roughly situated between Thornton Ave. on the west side, Glen Drive on the east, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) on…

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A view into the Delamont Park neighbourhood

We’re at West 6th Ave. and Arbutus St. outside the Arbutus Coffee café. It’s at the centre of Kitsilano’s oldest neighbourhood. The park named Delamont is located at West 7th Ave. and Arbutus St. and runs behind Arbutus Coffee and several other houses. On August 19th, 2012, Arbutus Coffee received Vancouver’s Places That Matter plaque…

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A lot of bull!

Royal Sweet Diamond, a bronze sculpture by Canadian artist Joe Fafard, is the name of this life-size bull at the corner of Georgia and Richards Streets in downtown Vancouver. Viewing the bull, it does seem to exhibit a sweet disposition. It would seem more natural in a pastoral situation rather than in the bustling scene…

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Gold Digging

This massive construction site along Howe St. and Pacific St. is not unfamiliar in Vancouver but it typifies the expensive building projects in the city. Luxury condos are enriching developers, construction firms, real estate companies and investors. Of course, they provide a beautiful space for those who can afford it, and some investors will actually…

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Bridging Vancouver’s Development

December 9, 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the current Cambie Bridge, built just before Expo ’86. This photo was taken in 1984 by our photographer Denis Bouvier. It depicts the old Cambie Bridge still functioning on the left and the construction of the new bridge happening on the right. The 1985…

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Human Structures will prevail

Human Structures, a sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky, is depicted here in False Creek’s Hinge Park facing Habitat Island, an urban sanctuary for local flora and fauna. B.C. Place is in the background lit with the colours of the French flag. The sculpture is both physical and metaphysical. Physically, it’s composed of 64 painted and moulded…

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Portal into fall

This magnificent portal is located on the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park, just 15 minutes drive from Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. King bequeathed his estate to all Canadians. Mackenzie King was our 10th and longest serving prime minister – for 22 years, during the 1920’s through the 1940’s. Aside from his political life, he loved…

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Mooning

The moon is our nearest heavenly body and, as such, has played a pivotal role in human existence influencing tides, farming, divination, lovers, body cycles and much more. It’s important in romantic songs, such as Blue Moon. A Blue Moon is also the event of having an extra full moon in one of the four…

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The Little House That Could

This charming 127-year-old yellow house at 1380 Hornby St. has witnessed much of Vancouver’s dynamic history. George Leslie House was built in the late 1800’s by its first owner George Leslie. It’s a rare local example of the Queen Anne style. Not only is it one of the earliest houses in Vancouver, but it is…

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A shucking good time!

A trip to Gibsons, BC on Saturday, September 12, provided the opportunity to discover Shuckfest 2015, the 4th annual outdoor festival celebrating food, drink and music. Presented by Smitty’s Oyster House and the Rotary Club of Gibsons, part of the proceeds go to the local St. Bart’s Food Bank. Another purpose of the festival is…