Japan in Vancouver

Photo by Major J.S. Matthews from the City of Vancouver Archives website

Photo by Major J.S. Matthews from the City of Vancouver Archives website

With eyes gazing up towards the azure sky, you sink your feet deep into the grass as a fine film of pink petals cascade over you like a delicate Japanese blanket. With nearly 40,000 cherry trees throughout the city, Vancouver transforms into a rose-coloured wonderland as a full spectrum of pink blossoms emerge from their wintery slumber. Further to this, a taste of Japan can also be found in an impressive selection of dining venues, cultural events and annual festivals that simutaneously serve as both transportive experiences while also paying tribute to a culture that helped to shape the city.

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Japan in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

From jazz and Shakespeare to dance and dragon boats, there’s bound to be something for everyone in our beautiful city this Friday through Sunday.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Take a Walking Tour of Vancouver with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Granville Island. Photo credit: Gord McKenna | Flickr

Now that spring has arrived in Vancouver, it’s only a matter or time before you’ll want to get outside and walk around our beautiful city. Vancouver Heritage Foundation offers a number of walking tours in different areas of the cities, led by guide Maurice Guibord. Whether you’re just visiting or you’re a long-time resident of Vancouver, it’s a great way to see the city and learn something new about Vancouver. Choose between tours exploring historic neighbourhoods, residential areas, or discovering the architecture of downtown Vancouver. All walking tours are $15; register for one here.

Tours

Grandview from Commercial Dr to Clark Dr – April 20
Straddling industrial, commercial, and residential precincts, this fascinating area has been rarely explored. Displaying the transitions that continuously transform its built heritage, explore how artists have played a significant role in making the area more habitable, while demographic pressures have impacted the residential landscape. See how some individuals have chosen this area to make their statement, whether it be cultural patrimonial or other.
Meet in Mosaic Creek Park (corner of Charles St. and McLean Dr.).

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Take a Walking Tour of Vancouver with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation

History of Vancouver’s Dominion Building

Photo credit: Vancouver Archives/Major James Skitt Matthews

Photo credit: Vancouver Archives/Major James Skitt Matthews

At the east end of Little Amsterdam, across the street from Victory Square, on the corner of West Hastings and Cambie Streets is one of Vancouver’s architectural crown jewels: the Dominion Trust building. The bold mustard and terracotta building harkens back to the days when the 200 block of West Hastings was part of Vancouver’s busy banking district.

When it was built, the Dominion (as it’s known to locals) was the highest building in the British Empire standing 53 meters high. The trapezoidal lot lent itself to a structure of flat-iron proportions, with the ‘flat’ part facing southeast.

The Dominion was built from 1908-1910 by J.S. Heyler. The building is known as one of the most colourful, charismatic heritage buildings in the city due to its Beaux-Arts style, terracotta spandrels and Corinthian columns at the front entrance. Continue reading:
History of Vancouver’s Dominion Building

Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

The Special Vancouver Special!

What is people’s usual reaction when a Vancouver Special is mentioned? Animosity? Aversion? Or, an appreciation of the potential coolness in these houses? Join The Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s tour on Saturday, September 22nd and check out 5 re-imagined and renovated Specials, where the homeowners maximized their potential!
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Featured Attraction of the Week: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Nominate a Place in Vancouver That Matters To You

To celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is asking for the public’s help to identify and mark 125 sites commemorating people, places and events that have shaped our city.  This project, called “Places That Matter”, will focus on marking places, people and events that have not already been recognized by other plaque programs.

From now until March 15, you can nominate your favourite sites on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation website.

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Nominate a Place in Vancouver That Matters To You