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Kitsilano's Earliest History and Homes - Vancouver

Jane's Walk

Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Kitsilano's Earliest History and Homes - Vancouver

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Tour Description

Tour Host: Bruce Macdonald

Modern Kitsilano is traditionally considered to have started in earnest in 1905. This was the year Kitsilano was named and regular streetcar service was opened to the foot of Vine St. at Kitsilano Beach.

Today the oldest Kitsilano homes listed in the Vancouver heritage register are near Kitsilano Beach and the date from 1905. New research done in 2010 has revealed the oldest houses in Kitsilano in fact are at the top of the hill above the beach, dating from the end of the Victorian age in 1901. One whole block has survived. Ironically what saved these houses was city planners slating them for demolition beginning in 1929/30.

The unintended result has been the creation of a block of Kitsilano's oldest houses, heritage rental suites amazingly intact and unrenovated, housing a unique community of people. Jane Jacobs would no doubt have taken an interest in this place.

Tour Host Bio

Bruce Macdonald was born just off of Vine St., and has had a life long interest in local history.  With a father, grandparents and great-grandmother arriving in the city just 25 years after its founding in 1886, he grew up hearing first-hand about early Vancouver.  In 1911, Bruce's grandfather began work in one of Kitsilano's first grocery stores, on the W. 5 Ave. block west of Vine St.

With the help of the Vancouver Historical Society he produced the award-winning Vancouver: A Visual History, spending 10,000 hours of work researching, writing, designing the book, and completing the cartography and layout.

Over the years, he has been involved in many efforts to save historic buildings, leading the fight to save the amazing Canron Building, and more recently theStanley Park's hollow tree.

Special Instructions

This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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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 2:00 PM to 4:00 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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