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If you’ve got a couple hours on a Friday or Saturday morning, and are interested in exploring Vancouver’s history, heritage and architecture, join VHF and walking tour guide, Maurice Guibord for our 2015 Walking Tour season! From May 8th until October 17th join Maurice as he takes you through Post-War Architecture and Art Deco downtown, and the Vancouver neighbourhoods of East Hastings, Sunrise and Commercial Drive. Each walk is repeated on a Friday and Saturday from 10am-12pm, so you have the chance to catch them all. All walks are $15 inclusive of tax. To sign up click here. Walk-ups are welcome space permitting.
UP FIRST! Post-War Architecture: Burrard Street
Friday May 8th and Saturday July 25th
After the Second World War, downtown Vancouver inherited a succession of architectural styles, some of which were lauded by the public, while others still evoke strong sentiments to the contrary. The Electra’s International Style and the MacMillan Bloedel’s Brutalist versions of modernism seem to clash, and the “black towers” of the Downtown core still attract uncertain side glances. The progressive evolution of the Bentall towers might tie them all together, right into the Post-Modern ethic. Let’s gauge our impressions of these and more buildings from this period, by trying to appreciate what their architects were aiming for in the context of design for Vancouver.
Friday May 22nd and Saturday August 29th
During this meander through the Lakewood to Renfrew corridor, you’ll see the recent growth of this neighbourhood, where the buzz of new businesses is helping maintain local heritage, including residences.
Sunrise: At the Water’s Edge
Friday June 12th and Saturday August 15th
This neighbourhood perched above Burrard Inlet is a hidden trove of beautiful homes. Come explore the sought-after views, see heritage revitalization by astute buyers, and enjoy the lovely architecture. Just don’t tell anyone!
Commercial Drive: Little Italy
Saturday June 27th and Friday July 10th
Vancouver’s “Little Italy” has changed dramatically over the last decade. As communities move, so do the businesses that represent them. As we wander Commercial Drive we’ll talk “Kits-ification”, family businesses, coffee culture, and of course, development pressures.
Vancouver’s Art Deco
Friday October 9th and Saturday October 17th
Vancouver has some amazing examples of the ebullient Art Deco movement. We’ll revel in the grand dames of this elaborate architectural style, both past and present, but join us to get to know some examples you have walked by but probably never noticed. Wear your Bakelite baubles!
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*All walking tours are AIBC designated 2.0 Non-core professional development units. Also eligible for PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC credits.