Vancouver Then and Now Aerial Photos

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Continuing my Then and Now photo series of Vancouver I went on the hunt for aerial images this morning. Funny thing is, after hosting the Olympics in your town “aerials” bring up images of athletes on skis and not views from a plane. It was a pleasant surprise however the following all feature pictures taken from planes around Vancouver and as usual, the “then” photos are courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives‘ online photo collection.

Vancouver Then and Now Aerial Photos

Stanley Park Entrance
Looking at South toward the city


Photographer: Stuart Thomson, Item #CVA 1123-6


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

Looking North across False Creek from Kitsilano


Major Matthews Collection, Item #Van Sc P10.1


Photo credit: gordonr on Flickr


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

Kitsilano False Creek
Looking North West from Kitsilano to downtown


Photographer: Stuart Thomson, Item #CVA 1123-3


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

English Bay with City


Royal Canadian Air Force, Item #Van Sc P65


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

I have about a dozen more archive photos I’d love to post but I just can’t seem to find modern day equivalents of them on Flickr. Should you have any aerial shots of the city please feel free to add them to the Miss604 Flickr Group.

Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay Video

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Just when I thought I had wrapped up my Vancouver 2010 coverage, I discover an amazing video on YouTube by director Trevor Meier, featuring the Olympic Torch Relay. Comissioned by VANOC, they have an entire series of videos from the relay, the following is from Days 64 – 70.

The Torch Relay was one of my favourite, if not the best, highlights of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. I was lucky enough to ride along in my hometown of Surrey and that memory will be with me always. The Paralympic Torch Relay began today and the flame it will find its way to Vancouver again March 12th.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2010

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With the cherry blossoms already making an appearance during our Winter Olympics, the city is gearing up for the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival taking place throughout the month of April.

Stanley Park Trek

Cherry Blossom Festival Events
2010 Haiku Invitational: Write & submit a haiku about cherry blossoms until May 31st.

Bike the Blossoms: Partnering with the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition these will be bike tours for cherry blossom viewing around town.

Birthday Blossoms: Celebrate Vancouver’s 135th birthday next year by purchasing & planting a tree this year so that it will be in bloom to celebrate in 2011.

Check out the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s viewing map for tress and parks nearby. The first event coming up on March 22nd is a lecture about cherry blossoms by Douglas Justice, of UBC Botanical Garden.

Should you snap some photos of the blossoms, please feel free to add it to the Miss604 Flickr Pool. I’ll have a photo feature post up within the next few weeks.

First Weekend Club: Last Train Home

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The First Weekend Club is a non-profit organization and cross-Canada movie club that is dedicated to promoting and raising awareness for great Canadian films. I am pleased to announce that I have signed on as a partner with the First Weekend Club and will post monthly features about their screening series along with other special offers and events.

This month’s Canada Screens feature is the documentary, Last Train Home which will be shown tomorrow night at the District 319 theatre.

The film then opens March 5th in Vancouver (The Ridge), Richmond (SilverCity Richmond Hill), and The Varsity (Toronto). This screening is currently sold out but First Weekend Club tickets are normally available each month in advance through their Canada Screens website.

The Art of Being Together by L’Arche

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A few months ago I was asked to emcee an event put on by L’Arche, an international organization that supports those with developmental disabilities. I gladly accepted and The Art of Being Together will take place this Saturday in Burnaby.

The Art of Being Together
Saturday March 6, 2010 from 1:00-5:00pm
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC

From the Finalists Gallery: Meditations on Integration by Rocio Graham

For the last 35 years, the people in the L’Arche Greater Vancouver community have experienced each other’s joy, pain and the challenges of walking together every day. We need to be together to build mutual relationships and maintain them. There is an art in living together in L’Arche and this art can be a model to the wider community. We acknowledge that we need each other and that together we are stronger.

Last weekend judges selected eight finalists from the contributed pieces that will be showcased and auctioned off. The public will also be able to vote on their favourite piece for a “People’s Choice” award. During the event everyone is invited to create their own painting that will be donated to South Burnaby Neighbourhood House as well. Artwork has been contributed by those living with and without developmental disabilities and it will be up for sale alongside silent auction items.

Please feel free to join us on Saturday. Admission is only $5 and there will be some great works showcased and available for purchase all befitting a wonderful cause.