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Vancouver Icons: Commodore Lanes


Friday, September 7th, 2012 — 2:21pm PDT
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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


Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 — 9:24am PDT
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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


Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 — 11:39am PDT
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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


Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:24pm PDT
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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


Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 — 10:31am PDT
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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”. From the BC Aviation Hall of Fame, excerpted from Peter Piggott’s book […]

Metro Vancouver Park Series: Hume Park


Friday, April 27th, 2012 — 1:19pm PDT
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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 […]