Archive for the category "history"

Culturally Modified Trees of Stanley Park

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The other day during our multi-hour walk through the park, John and I came across a a tree that had been tagged in a way I hadn’t seen before. You’ll usually find fluorescent flags hanging off branches as route or survey markers but since the storms we’ve mostly seen spray-painted dots, rags and other indicators […]

Vancouver History: The Lions, The Two Sisters

Comments 13 by Rebecca Bollwitt

They sit above Vancouver and are the namesake for many things Vancouver-related, from bridges to movie production studios but not everyone would refer to these two majestic peaks, reigning over our region as “The Lions”. Photo credit: penmachine on Flickr Legend has it that these are actually two sisters of a great nation that existed […]

Vancouver History: Oddities

Comments 14 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’m a nut for trivia and lesser-known facts. I also love feeding my brain with all kinds of nuggets of information especially when it comes to our fair region. I recently found a new section of my favourite Vancouver history website that features “Oddities“: bits of news that probably weren’t news at the time, but […]

Vancouver History: Joe Fortes

Comments 17 by Rebecca Bollwitt

In 1986 he was named Vancouver’s “Citizen of the Century” and he was pretty much just a regular guy who happened to spend most of his time saving lives. You’ve probably seen the restaurant that’s famous for its seafood and that yellow cab out front, and maybe you’ve been to the library named in his […]

Vancouver History: The Yale and The Great Fire

Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Yale (also formerly known as “The Colonial Hotel”) was once a bunkhouse for CPR employees but later this century it became a hotbed of live music and blues activity. It’s welcomed acts like Colin James, Jimmy Page, Jim Belushi, Buddy Miles, and is a staple venue for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Yesterday plans […]

Granville Street Starwalk and Redesign

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s been around since 1994 but does anyone ever really notice it? Passing over the plaques of Dal Richards and Diana Krall this afternoon I was inspired to find out more about Vancouver’s own walk of fame. Photo credit: freedryk on Flickr The Starwalk pays tribute to local musicians, entertainers, producers, actors and radio DJ’s, […]