Places That Matter to Vancouver


Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 — 11:48am PST
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The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is celebrating Vancouver’s 125th birthday by seeking public assistance in nominating ‘Places that Matter‘.


1937 – The new City Hall superimposed with the first City Council in front of a tent. Archives Item# City P39

Over the next few weeks, the public are asked to submit an address, photo, and description about a place they feel is significant to Vancouver’s history. This could be a historic meeting place, a legendary venue, or a location where a momentous occasion. The VHF’s Places That Matter committee (of which I am a part) will then select 125 winning location that will receive a Vancouver 125 plaque as recognition.

The nomination form can be found online and there will be an event at the Vancouver Public Library Sunday February 26th, 2011 where you can submit your nomination in person. Nominations will be open for several weeks and then an online vote will open up March 16th, 2011. Once the winners are determined, the plaques will be written out during the summer and installations will occur in the fall. A mapping website to pin point each of the Places That Matter will also be launched at that time.

Key events: February 1, 2011: Nominations open & February 26, 2011: In-person nomination process at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Rules: All nominated places must have a history prior to 1991 and be located within the boundaries of the City of Vancouver.

Update March 2011: Voting is now open. Sites that were nominated throughout February and March have been listed and the public can now cast their vote.

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4 comments

  1. Brock Macdonald says:

    For me it’s the PNE. I was born in Vancouver and for the most part lived near the PNE on Templeton, Cambridge and McGill. I learned to roller skate at Rollerland and ice skate at the Forum. My first job was at Playland during the PNE. Elvis, the Beatles, The Canucks, BC Lions,the Whitecaps and more played there. It’s not only part of our city’s heritage, it’s part of our provincial heritage. Everyone in BC knows the PNE. It was a summer tradition for tens of thousands of families to spend the end of August at the PNE. It’s more than 100 years old now and no matter what a very few newbies who moved in recently say, the PNE belongs to all of us, not only in Vancouver, but everywhere in the province.

  2. Vancouver says:

    Great City Hall shot. Just been there yesterday to pay my taxes. 🙁

  3. Hayley says:

    Vancouver Police Museum ^_^

  4. carolbrowne says:

    I nominated Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens. I love that place!

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