Explore South Asian Heritage and Public Art at the Revitalized Punjabi Market

In 1993, the Punjabi Market featured the first Punjabi street signs beyond Asia. Photo Source: Pabla Family

Gulzar Nanda has a deep and enduring love for the Punjabi Market. The area, located on Main Street, from roughly East 48th to East 51st Avenue, represents the historical heart of Vancouver’s South Asian community. Nanda’s parents immigrated to Canada from India, and opened Hi-Class Jewellers in the neighbourhood in 1989. During his lunchtime break from school, Nanda would run down with his friends to the Punjabi Market, buying chips and candy from Punjab Food Centre, owned by Harinder Toor. Because many of his friends also had parents who owned businesses in the area, they quickly established camaraderie. “The Punjabi Market was like a playground for us. We’d come after school to our parents’ shops, and we’d hang out together while our parents worked,” he says.

Nanda, now co-manager of his family’s jewelry shop, is on a mission to rejuvenate this important neighbourhood through his work as chair of the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective (PMRC).

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Explore South Asian Heritage and Public Art at the Revitalized Punjabi Market

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown & Hastings Crossing

Our final two neighbourhoods in our #LoveVancouver series have a rich history tied to the very first days of our burgeoning city. Gastown has lived many lives since it began as Granville, Vancouver’s first “downtown.” Its neighbour, Hastings Crossing has seen similar growth over the years but retains its rank as a centre for Vancouver’s arts and culture.

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#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Gastown & Hastings Crossing

Get Out Around Town and #LoveVancouver, with TransLink

What better way to celebrate living in a world-class city, than by exploring it again?

Reconnect with your routes by hopping on a bus, SkyTrain, or/and SeaBus and get access to exclusive deals at Vancouver’s favourite tours and attractions. When you flash your Compass card to any of these businesses, you’ll immediately get perks that only locals in the know will receive.

So plan out your trip and grab your card, because your next stop is adventure!

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Get Out Around Town and #LoveVancouver, with TransLink

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Victoria Drive + West 4th Ave

We’re getting down to the final weeks of our #LoveVancouver Neighbourhood series! It says something that we’ve been able to fill this many articles with outstanding YVR districts, and this week is no different. We’ll be headed to one of East Van’s hidden gem neighbourhoods, as well as a neighbourhood that’s been called the yoga capital of North America. So roll out your mat, do a few stretches, and let’s head out!

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#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Victoria Drive + West 4th Ave

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Dunbar & Collingwood

Our #LoveVancouver Neighbourhood series rolls on with two areas that have held onto their little-city-within-a-city charm, despite all the changes a rapidly growing metropolis like Vancouver can bring. From the rural, time-stood-still feel of Dunbar Village, to the multicultural flavour bomb of Collingwood, here’s two more neighbourhoods well worth exploring.

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#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Dunbar & Collingwood

#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Kerrisdale & Sunset on Fraser

Our #LoveVancouver series continues, with more reasons to get out and explore! These character-rich locales will provide more than a few discoveries for a weekend bike ride. This week, we’re featuring a quaint village just outside of UBC, and one of Vancouver’s most diverse shopping and eating districts. Put on some sunscreen, and let’s go! Continue reading:
#LoveVancouver Neighbourhoods: Kerrisdale & Sunset on Fraser

Mugshots: A Page From Vancouver’s Past, 1912-1913

Photo: Vancouver Police Museum

Featuring one of Vancouver’s oldest mugshot books, this exhibit takes you beyond the pages and into the lives of those who lived in Vancouver between 1912-1913. Continue reading:
Mugshots: A Page From Vancouver’s Past, 1912-1913