Historic Sites in Vancouver

Historic Sites in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Historic Sites

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  • Tracey G
    Halesowen, UK2,077 contributions
    Take time to wander around here. It’s great. Down on the waterfront gives great views. Lots to look at. It’s here you can catch the water taxi too
    Highly recommend
    Written April 28, 2023
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  • mark n
    2 contributions
    This was brilliant. So well.presented and the guides were so friendly. It was the highlight of my time in Vancouver.
    Written October 20, 2023
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,142 contributions
    Haven't been here for a while, but was making a special trip to see the murals (only about two short blocks away) so thought I would have a look.
    Sadly (at least for us history buffs) this little back lane area is looking funkier and funkier, but less and less as it once did when the City of Vancouver started here about six generations ago.
    Tourists interested in architecture and urban redevelopment will enjoy seeing what is new, while those with active imaginations can speculate on what once was.
    Written July 17, 2020
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,884 contributions
    As you’re strolling down Davie, and heading towards English Bay, you’ll inevitably come across a large mansion at 1523 Davie Street. Up until 2020, you could get some pretty decent views of this Victorian-era structure. Now, though, most of it is obscured by construction fencing, which itself is covered in graffiti. The end result is an attraction you can’t see much of and that’s a shame because this mansion is both architecturally beautiful and rife with history. And, in the current day, it’s only the history that’s of much interest. Here’s my Coles Notes version:

    Gabriola Mansion – so named because stones were quarried from Gabriola Island for its construction – was built between 1900 and 1901 for BT Rogers, the founder of BC Sugar (better-known today as Rogers). After Rogers died, his widow moved into another home and “The Mansion” was converted into apartments in 1925. Beginning in 1978, “The Mansion” was converted into a high-end restaurant, Hy’s Mansion. By all accounts, the restaurant was a massive success and popular with some of Vancouver’s upper class. In 1994, Romano’s Macaroni Grill took over the space and operated it for just over a decade. Gabriola Mansion has sat vacant since 2008; however, it was purchased by Carrera Management Group in 2015 and they intend to “restore it to its former glory” by converting it into rental apartments and adding a couple of townhouses to the property. While it’s nice to know the building won’t be torn down to make way for yet another condo, the addition of townhouses seems rather off-putting. Anyway, it’s taken half a decade, but it looks like Carrera is finally getting on with the renovation and restoration work.

    Like most old edifices, Gabriola Mansion has its share of ghost stories – some of which are rather intriguing and help add to the allure of this place (which, admittedly, is greatly reduced by all the fencing currently around the property). If you want to read about those, I recommend checking out the “Ghosts of Vancouver” site.

    I really wish I could give this place a higher rating, but it’s incredibly difficult to appreciate the architecture and some of the detail work from afar. The history behind Gabriola Mansion is certainly interesting, but that alone doesn’t necessitate a visit to this mostly blocked off site.

    Gabriola Mansion is a relic of times long past and it looks out of place in the current day. At one time, though, it was just one of many opulent homes in this part of Vancouver’s West End. Those have all gone the way of the dodo; thus, “The Mansion” is quite literally the last of its kind. Let’s hope that, once the renovation/restoration work is completed, we’ll be able to fully appreciate this historic home again.
    Written April 28, 2022
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  • Chrisinkingwood2
    Houston, TX5,694 contributions
    Vancouver's only cemetery is located west of Fraser St, between 31st Ave and 43rd Ave. Owned and operated by the City of Vancouver since 1886, Mountain View is made up of 106 acres of land with approximately 92,000 grave sites and 145,000 interred remains.

    The Cemetery's central location and spectacular views make it a unique place to honour the memories of family and friends, and to engage with Vancouver's nature and history.

    It is a nice place to walk or run in the morning with fantastic views of Vancouver in the distance.
    Written January 27, 2019
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  • Neil B
    Auckland, New Zealand1,170 contributions
    Interesting from a historic perspective but it’s just a dead tree held up by metal braces. Worth a look if you’re in Stanley Park but not a special trip. What is quite cool, is to visit hollow tree and then to visit Golden Tree (the latter being a modern sculpture inspired by the former).
    Written January 1, 2023
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  • Dickenson Family
    Kemptville, Canada969 contributions
    Armoury close to downtown Vancouver. It has a large military vehicle outside that you can take a picture beside. Right near the burrard bridge.
    Written August 13, 2021
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