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+ Vancouver's Granville St. 1885-2012; July 21
+ Delamont: Kitsilano's oldest city block of houses; July 29


Walking tour: Vancouver's Granville Street, 1885-2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012 | 11am to 1pm
Tourguide: Michael Gordon
Tickets: $10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-member
Tour begins 200 Granville Street Plaza (North of Cordova St); and ends under the Granville Street Bridge

Join historian and Senior Planner for Downtown Vancouver, Michael Gordon in an exploration of one of Vancouver's most famous streets and its buildings. On Wednesday, May 15th, 1886, Lauchlan Hamilton, a City of Vancouver Aldermen and the CPR Land Commissioner, began to stake out and survey what would become Granville Street. It is still today one of Vancouver's pre-eminent 'high streets' reflecting many elements that define our city. Our walk will begin at the northern foot of Granville Street, the location of the 1st and 2nd CPR train stations overlooking the CP rail yards and the port. You will find us on the plaza by the entrance to 200 Granville Street that was planned in the 1960s as a much larger project – Project 200 – that would have demolished all of the buildings between Abbott and Granville Streets including the historic area of Gastown.

We will then walk south on Granville Street and see and hear about the street's history. Important historic Granville Street buildings and key events that occurred on the street will be discussed. The past and current roles of the street as a transit hub, a shopping street, an office, hotel and entertainment district and a cultural and neon mecca will also be highlighted. In these 12 blocks, Granville Street is many different streets and offers much to observe as well as reflect on regarding its past, present and future.

Granville Street also offers a unique collection of buildings from all eras of development in Vancouver, beginning with the Yale Hotel in 1888. While only a handful of buildings survive from the 19th century, there are many buildings from the boom period prior to the First World War, as well as the 1920's. There are also some significant buildings we can observe from the later part of the 20th century, including a 'disappointing' contribution from Cesar Pelli.

We will end our tour under the current Granville Bridge where the 1st Granville Bridge (1891), financed partly and designed by the CPR, had its northerly terminus, near the False Creek waterfront walkway. See tour info on our website >


Tickets: Granville Street 1885-2012 ($15/$10):


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Walking tour: Delamont - Kitsilano's Oldest City Block of Houses

Sunday, July 29, 2012 | 10am to 12pm
Tourguide: Bruce Macdonald
$10 Heritage Vancouver members; $15 non-member
The tour will start and end in the small park at the northeast corner of Arbutus and 7th Avenue

Join local historian Bruce Macdonald for a fascinating exploration of Kitisilano's unique Delamont Park neighbourhood. Kitsilano officially began in 1905, the year the community was named, streetcar service was extended from downtown to Kitsilano Beach, and home-building began in earnest.

Amazingly, amongst the blocks and blocks of apartment buildings in east Kitsilano is a small group of houses surviving from those earliest years and before. In the same way the Park Board accidentally saved the heritage houses of Mole Hill and the pioneer homes below the towers surrounding the West End's Barclay Heritage Square Park, it has now accidentally preserved Victorian homes dating from 1901 in Kitsilano's Delamont Park area.

Come and explore unique homes from Kitsilano's pioneer years, with Bruce Macdonald, the man who wrote the heritage report on Delamont for the Park Board. See tour info on our website >


Tickets: Delamont - Kits' oldest houses ($15/$10):


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Other Upcoming Events:

Full info at heritagevancouver.org

Walking Tour: A planning tour of Vancouver's West End
Saturday, August 11, 2012 | 10:00am to 12:00pm
Tourguide: Gordon Price
T ickets: $10 members; $15 non-members

Full info + Tickets via Eventbrite

Walking Tour: Hippie Kitsilano – the '60s and '70s
Sunday, August 19, 2012 | 10:00am to 12:00pm
Tourguide: Michael Kluckner
Tickets: $10 members; $15 non-members

Full info + Tickets via Eventbrite

On the Backs of Salmon: A Walking Tour through Steveston
Sunday, August 26, 2012 | 10:00am to 12:00pm
Tourguide: Christina Froschauer
Tickets: $10 members; $15 non-members

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First Shaughnessy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Saturday, September 15, 2012 | 10:00am to 12:00pm
Tourguide: Richard Keate & Margo Keate West
Tickets: $10 members; $15 non-members

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Walking Tour and Beer Tasting Event:
Industrial History of South East False Creeky

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Tour 1pm; Beer tasting 3pm
Tourguide: Isaac Vanderhorst
Tickets: $35 members; $40 non-members

Full info + Tickets via Eventbrite


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