Historic Sites in Vancouver

Historic Sites in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Historic Sites

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  • Alishia C
    Cobourg, Canada32 contributions
    Nice section of downtown to visit for food and happy hour. Not a tonne of options when you compare Vancouver to other major downtown cities but good food none the less! Reservations are a must as it gets very busy especially during happy hour
    Written September 2, 2021
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  • TeamWard
    Nottingham, UK5,146 contributions
    Engine 374 Pavilion is run by lovely volunteers, who have so much knowledge to talk to you about, have a go ringing the bell and take some photos of this impressive train, that had almost been left to rack and ruin twice in the last 100+ years but now has a splendid home
    Written June 24, 2022
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,046 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, Canada13,343 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, TX5,671 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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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,343 contributions
    Of all the sites visited during our recent sojourn to Stanley Park, the “Hollow Tree” proved to be my personal favourite. I’d been inspired to visit this natural wonder after patronizing Douglas Coupland’s “Golden Tree” a couple of years ago (see my earlier review on this site). Coupland’s tree is an exact replica of this ancient Western red cedar, though its colour is gold. Knowing that Stanley Park’s Hollow Tree could have such an influence on a prominent Vancouverite was intriguing. Little did I know, however, that this was merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg because, sure, the Hollow Tree had a significant impact on Coupland, but so too did it on generations in the city and beyond.

    Whereas the Golden Tree is a piece of contemporary public art open to interpretation, the Hollow Tree is an ancient landmark and symbol with a rich history. Depending on what you read, the Hollow Tree is estimated to be anywhere from 800 to 1,000 years old. Regardless of which date you use, that’s still pretty impressive. As a natural landmark, it’s witnessed massive change: The cutting down of ancient forests that once covered the Lower Mainland; the birth and ongoing development of what would eventually become the city of Vancouver; the opening of Stanley Park in 1888; and, changing technology from horse and buggy to motor car and jet plane. It has also experienced a lot in its thousand-year existence, as well: Hurricanes, massive storms, and fires. Indeed, when you’ve seen and endured as much as Vancouver’s Hollow Tree, it is little wonder people want to take pictures with it, write poems about it and create replicas. It is as much a tourist attraction as it is a symbol of Vancouver’s unique relationship with the natural environment.

    While some may view the Hollow Tree as “just a tree stump” or a mere selfie-taking opportunity (which is admittedly a pretty cool thing to do), it is, of course, much more than that. It is rife with the history of this place and space and it reminds us of our past. Maybe that’s why we adore it so much – it’s watched us grow up.
    Written November 23, 2020
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  • Dickenson Family
    Kemptville, Canada883 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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