Upcoming Walks

Here are a few walks coming up in July and August.

July 22nd. Strathcona
Meet at the corner of Princess and Keefer in front of the community centre

We haven’t done a Strathcona walk in sometime and a lot has happened in the neighbourhood. We’ll be looking at neighbourhood history and new developments.

August 12th. The West End
Meet at the corner of Thurlow and Pendrell

On this walk we’ll be looking at the history of Burnaby and Harwood Streets once two of the more popular streets in the neighbourhood. Along with the Salsburys and Bell Irvings the streets were home to a interesting cross section of residents.

Exploring The Other Waterfront: The River District

The North Arm of the Fraser River is the city’s other, and unappreciated, waterfront. Industry still occupies much of the shoreline and log booms, barges and tugs make for a fascinating and changing parade of activity.

At the foot of Kerr Street, the view was once dominated by the operations of the Dominion and White Pine Sawmills. But since their closure, and after years of planning, a new community is emerging. On this series of walks we’ll be exploring the River District and surrounding area looking at the planning and history of the edge of the river.

Sundays: July 19, and August 9. 10:00am
Meet at the corner of East Kent Road South and Kerr Street
Cost: $10.00 (no registration necessary)

Old Landmarks Going….

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the DVBIA unveiled the latest set of Places That Matter plaques on June 26, 2015. It was a great celebration. The five plaques focus on various aspects of the role West Hastings Street has played in the development of the city; finance, the port, parades, tourism and the early residents. As part of the unveiling I talked about the change the street has seen over the years as it moved from a residential street to one filled with office buildings.

Here’s the Vancouver Daily World in September 1912, reporting on the demolition of Richard Marpole’s house at Howe and Hastings. The image is of the house in 1910 hemmed in by the construction of the Metropolitan Building and the recently completed Winch Building.  The image is BU P556 from the Archives.

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Overheated Real Estate Market!

Sydney Morning Herald 1989
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What’s interesting in this article are the stats presented on who was moving to the city in 1989. Close to 15000 folks came from Hong Kong that year, while over 32000 came from Alberta and 22000 from Ontario.

New Sunday Walking Tour

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Exploring The Other Waterfront: The River District

The North Arm of the Fraser River is the city’s other, and unappreciated, waterfront. Industry still occupies much of the shoreline and log booms, barges and tugs make for a fascinating and changing parade of activity.

At the foot of Kerr Street, the view was once dominated by the operations of the Dominion and White Pine Sawmills. But since their closure, and after years of planning, a new community is emerging. On this series of walks we’ll be exploring the River District and surrounding area looking at the planning and history of the edge of the river.

Sundays: June 21, July 19, and August 9.
Meet at the corner of East Kent Road South and Kerr Street 10:00am
Cost: $10.00 (no registration necessary)

Hastings Mill has a great weekend coming up.

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful early summer weather as much as we are at the Mill!  For your interest and enjoyment, we have back-to-back events upcoming the weekend of June 13th/14th.

Saturday, June 13th, 2 p.m. – Hastings Mill Store and the Great Vancouver Fire of 1886.
Hear Vancouver author and Native Daughter Lisa Anne Smith describe just how close Hastings Mill Store came to being destroyed by the Great Vancouver Fire of June 13, 1886.  Precisely 129 years and zero hours after that fateful afternoon, learn through historic photos, maps and commentary how most of the newly incorporated city of Vancouver burned to the bare earth, but somehow managed to spare Hastings Mill Store and townsite.  Discover the prominent role played by the store, mill and citizens from all walks of life in a massive rebuilding effort that saw Vancouver rise from the ashes within weeks of destruction.  Entry by donation, wheelchair accessible, light refreshments.

Sunday, June 14th, 1 – 4 p.m. – Bergamasca Ensemble
Enjoy music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as more modern works amidst the Mill artifacts.  Members of Bergamasca play a variety of period instruments, such as German-made Hopf Renaissance recorders, Moeck Baroque recorders and Swiss Kung contrabass.  You may hear works from early composers such as Agricola, Bach, Taverner, Rossi, as well as a variety of works pre-dating 1800. For further information on the Bergamasca Ensemble, visit www.bergamasca.webs.com.  Entry by donation, wheelchair accessible.

Summer hours are coming soon!  Beginning June 16, we will be open Tuesday – Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.  Watch for further details on our popular summer open house evenings.