Terry Fox Memorial
Terry Fox Memorial
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Neighbourhood: Yaletown & False Creek North
Yaletown has risen from the ashes of its rough-and-tumble industrial past into one of Vancouver's new chicest neighbourhoods. The place responsible for originating of the phrase 'skid row' might not call to mind independently-owned boutiques and terraced cafes, but having swallowed the waterfront lines of False Creek North, the resulting amalgamation transformed the area into an elegant, stylish hotspot with a view. Its youthful vibe owes to the many young families and young professionals who live there, bolstering nightlife and restaurant variety along its cobbled streets. It is the flagship neighbourhood for modern revitalization, and the It-Spot for boutique hotels and modish eats.
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  • Stadium–Chinatown • 5 min walk
  • Main St–Science World[e] • 10 min walk
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,296 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Terry Fox Memorial is a wonderful tribute to a great human being. Terry Fox was an athlete who had his leg amputated due to cancer. He decided to run a race to raise funds for cancer research. He died in 1981.
Written January 19, 2024
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,350 contributions
Aug 2022
Four years was Terry Fox's lifespan between the osteogenic sarcoma diagnosis and his death. And how did he spend that time? Setting an example for mankind to only hope to emulate. He was 18 and his death at age 22 came while he was still "at work."

His cross-Canada run had hoped he would begin on the Atlantic Ocean coast and end on the Pacific Ocean but that did not happen.

Running (with his artificial limb) 26 miles a day, he managed to complete 3,339 miles before his foe claimed his life. Terry Fox raised an impressive amount of funds for cancer research (the reason he undertook this race against time).

What this young man accomplished in 4 years would fill a lifetime for most human beings. BC Stadium is a near-perfect place to erect this monument. Follow in his steps, read the history, and appreciate that hope and purpose find their face in the persona of Terry Fox.
Written February 7, 2023
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sashakeena
Vancouver, Canada11,510 contributions
Feb 2020
Glad to see this nice statue of our hero Terry Fox. Interesting that it was located at the entrance of the BC Place Stadium. Worth a visit, as we like to come here we we are in the downtown area.
Written December 26, 2020
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3,142 contributions
Oct 2020
Tourists may not be aware of the story of this local hero, Very briefly - discovering he had cancer; he decided to spend the rest of his life NOT feeling sorry for himself, but raising awareness so others could benefit.
So, take a moment to study the four-part statuary that shows his interesting gait, read the (bilingual) plaque, and marvel at what one young man has accomplished.
On a more mundane note - this is located near the main entrance to BC Place at Beatty and Robson.
Written October 16, 2020
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Hendrik70
Heiloo, The Netherlands825 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Knowing the incredible (sad but beautiful) story behind Terry Fox’ far too short life makes this a very beautiful statue.
Written February 23, 2020
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,884 contributions
Jul 2019
I enjoy the works of Douglas Coupland, be it the world of books or public art. Given my “traditionalist” view on the Canadian literary cannon and artwork some may find that remark surprising. After all, most of Coupland’s books are what we’d call “postmodern;” similarly, his artwork tends to fall in this category as well. Be that as it may, I think what attracts me to his work is two-fold: 1) He approaches his subject matter seriously, but still manages to maintain his trademark humorous undertone in the work itself or in its accompanying description; 2) He doesn’t go the route of most so-called postmodernists and get obscure for the sake of being obscure. In other words, observers (or readers) don’t have to wade through thick jargon or abstract theory to understand what they’re looking at. Instead, the intended meaning is clear – crystal clear.

Indeed, all of this is present in Coupland’s 2011 monument to Terry Fox. The subject matter is serious – a series of four bronze statues meant to last “a thousand years” so that those born well after the Terry Fox generation know and understand Terry’s story. At the same time, Coupland still manages to slip in a bit of humour here and there – not on the statues themselves but more on the nearby information plaque (“no matter how different and strange their lives might be”). Reading the information plaque should clarify the intent and purpose of the monument should your powers of interpretation stumble.

As for the statues themselves, they’re an apt and stunning monument to a man who was, ironically, incredibly humble and didn’t set out to seek personal attention. As one views the statues, you’ll undoubtedly notice that each one increases in size – moving from life-size to twice life-size – as they “run” west towards Stanley Park, which is where Terry had intended to conclude his Marathon of Hope in 1980. I think the meaning here is at least two-fold: 1) They symbolize Terry’s growing popularity as he ran his Marathon, east to west, and brought awareness to his cause; and, 2) They symbolize the growth of Terry’s legacy over the last 40 years. If Terry were with us today he’d no doubt be astonished at the impact he’s had at an inspirational level, on the one hand, and as it relates to cancer research on the other hand.

At day’s end, Coupland has done a wonderful job in honouring a Canadian icon and ensuring that Fox’s message is carried on for years to come. Each of the bronze statues, growing in size, epitomizes Terry’s message of hope and challenges each of us, as individuals, to reach higher and be better versions of ourselves.
Written February 11, 2020
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