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Vancouver Icons: Commodore Lanes

September 7th, 2012 @ 2:21pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver’s Commodore Lanes, Canada’s oldest surviving bowling centre, opened up below Granville Street on September 8, 1930. Since its neon sign has been advertising bowling and billiards in the downtown entertainment district for the last eight decades, I’ve decided it should be this week’s featured Vancouver Icon: 1946 – Theatres and the bowling sign on […]

Surrey History: Charlie’s Tree

July 11th, 2012 @ 9:24am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Driving East along Highway 1 through Surrey you may have spotted what used to be a tree, now covered in ivy, a Canadian flag, and sometimes a sign or two. Ever since I was little, and we would drive out to my grandmother’s house in Langley, we would pass this tree and I wondered — […]

Vancouver History: L.D. Taylor

June 5th, 2012 @ 11:39am by Rebecca Bollwitt

1927 – Leonard Frank Photos. Archives item# CVA 1477-51 66 years ago yesterday Vancouver’s most-elected Mayor, Louis Denison (“L.D.”) Taylor, passed away. Between 1910 and 1934, Taylor served as Mayor eight times, spending 11 years in the city’s top office. Taylor was born in Michigan and lived in Chicago before coming to Vancouver in 1896 […]

Vancouver Heritage Foundation Heritage House Tour 2012

May 23rd, 2012 @ 1:24pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation presents their 10th annual Heritage House Tour on Sunday, June 3rd. This one-day self-guided tour leads participants through 10 different houses, a church that has been converted to strata units, Cedar Cottage homes, Shaughnessy mansions, and more. Photo credit: Martin Knowles for Vancouver Heritage Foundation on Flickr Over 18,000 people have […]

Vancouver History: Grant McConachie

May 1st, 2012 @ 10:31am by Rebecca Bollwitt

If you’ve ever driven to or from Vancouver International Airport (“YVR”) then you have traveled along Grant McConachie Way. This road on Sea Island was named after bush pilot Grant McConachie, a man who Chuck Davis referred to as “a genuine Canadian hero”. Source: AC Family Network / Wing Walkers: A History of Canadian Airlines […]

Metro Vancouver Park Series: Hume Park

April 27th, 2012 @ 1:19pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning I asked my Twitter followers for suggestions for my Metro Vancouver Park Series, a collection of posts that has been put together by guest authors, reader suggestions, and through my personal experiences. @MaryAnnMcKenzie responded: “Hume Park in New West. Fields, playground & water park at top level + cool trails & secret places […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Theatres

March 20th, 2012 @ 9:59am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver is only going on 126 years old but despite its infancy compared to most other world-class cities, it had a community that supported the arts right off the bat. I dug around the Vancouver Archives to find evidence of everything from Vancouver’s vibrant vaudeville days to its fanatical film-going culture, in neighbourhood theatres to […]

Heritage Vancouver Walking Tour & Beer Tasting

March 19th, 2012 @ 4:58pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Both Heritage Vancouver and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation host fascinating walking, neighbourhood, and housing tours around Vancouver. One upcoming event that caught my eye, aside from tomorrow night’s dinner in the Marine Building penthouse, is a walking tour with twist. Photo credit: davefisher99 on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool. Walking Tour & […]