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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…

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As Above, So Below

Here we view the reconstruction of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s (VAG’s) membrane on Georgia St. It is part of the on-going maintenance we have seen around other parts of the gallery, as well as Robson Square and Vancouver’s Provincial Courthouse. As the signs around the outside of the gallery indicate, this work will most importantly…

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Musette Caffe

Musette may seem a curious name for a bike café unless you are into following bike races. In this case, a musette is a small lightweight cotton shoulder bag filled with food and drink for racing cyclists. It’s grabbed by a moving rider, contents removed and then discarded. In late 19th century France, a musette…

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The Ferryman

Meet Tim Doyle, the owner/operator of Greylag Boat Tours running out of Cowichan Bay, B.C.. Tim had had a wonderful career as a shipwright, building and repairing boats for 40 years, mostly in the Lower Mainland. His passion was to build wooden boats but unfortunately the practice was fading just as he was starting his…

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Breaking the Paddle

Perseverance, the painting featured in the photo, was one of many artworks at the June 13 festival: Toast the Coast Before the Coast is Toast. It was held at Jericho Beach to celebrate our beautiful coastline beaches and keep them free of oil spills. The event was sponsored by Greenpeace along with about 24 partner…