Do you know about Vancouver’s hidden railway?
It’s actually not much of a secret. The Arbutus Corridor is an 11-kilometre-long unused rail line that stretches due south from False Creek, cutting across neighbourhoods from Fairview to Kerrisdale before ending at the Fraser River.
While officially owned by CP rail, the line has not been used since 2001. During that time, the tracks and the 50-foot-t0-65-foot strip of land they sit on have become one of Vancouver’s more distinguishing features.
Community gardens have proliferated along the idle land, as well as informal walking and biking paths that run its length. Elsewhere, brambles and vegetation have reclaimed the old industrial space. In short, the old railroad has become a giant strip of green slicing right through the heart of Vancouver.
And – at least for the moment – it looks like the unique greenway on the Arbutus Corridor is here to stay. Continue reading:
Saving Vancouver’s Secret Railway: The Arbutus Corridor Controversy