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City’s Agricultural Past and Future - Vancouver

Jane's Walk

Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

City’s Agricultural Past and Future - Vancouver

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Tour Description

Tour Hosts: Terry Slack and Helen Spiegelman

We’ll start at the spot where there was once a huge wooden water wheel driven by Dunbar's now-buried Head of the Lake Creek. The water-powered gristmill was located on a farm owned by Henry Mole, of Mole Hill in the West End.

Mole’s was one of three large farms established in the mid-1860s on the North Arm of the Fraser River. We will note vanished landmarks: river barns, hand-dug ditches and fertile pastureland and fields that once supplied meat and dairy products to the new city of “Granville” around the far side of Point Grey.

To the west on Musqueam lands, the federal government leased land to immigrant Chinese farmers in the 1870s. The big farms wound down, but the Chinese market gardens expanded and were an important source of fresh produce for the city from the 1920s to the 1950s.

We’ll see the site of Vancouver’s first salmon cannery (1897) and the BC Packers shipyard that replaced it (1927) ending our walk with a visit to “Southlands Heritage Farm” at 51st and Balaclava, where small-scale urban agriculture is making a comeback.

Tour Host Bio

Terry is a life-long environmentalist who grew up near the Booming Grounds on the North Arm of the Fraser River, later going to work as a shipwright and then a salmon fisherman, and knows all the stories about the industries that used to flourish in Southlands.

Helen Spiegelman is the coordinator of Zero Waste Vancouver.

Special Instructions

Bring water and snacks.

No dogs please, as horses and wildlife are found in Southlands.

Good walking shoes are a must.

This tour is wheelchair accessible.

More Information and Other Walks

Please visit the Think City website.

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When & Where

Registrants will be notified of starting location by email.

Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

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Jane's Walk

Jane's Walk is held simultaneously in cities across Canada and other countries around the world. Inspired by Jane Jacob's and her belief that in order to know your city "you have to get out and walk," Jane's Walk is a simple idea. It is free, it connects people and builds communities by promoting urban literacy and citizen engagement.

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