February 15 – 21 is Heritage Week in B.C., with a theme of ‘Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places,’ honoring the vibrant tourism history of our province and the heritage places that make Vancouver a distinctive destination today.
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Monday, Feb 15: National Heritage Day and Official Launch of Heritage Week 2016
Join us for this fun, free public event where Deputy Mayor, Councillor Heather Deal, will read the official City of Vancouver proclamation celebrating Heritage Week. Take a short walking tour of the Roundhouse area with civic historian John Atkin. (Sign-up for the walk will begin at 12 pm and will be first-come, first-served for 30.
Roundhouse Community Centre, Turntable Plaza. 12 noon – 1 pm, Free.
Tuesday, Feb 16: Selling Vancouver to Tourists: 1890 – 1960
Author and Artist, Michael Kluckner will explore how Vancouver was marketed by the Canadian Pacific Railway and others as a tourist destination in an illustrated lecture at beautiful Hycroft Manor. He will look at the influence of natural attractions and how people traveled, the rise of tourist hotels and later “auto-court” hotels as well as how First Nations culture was first represented.
Hycroft Manor, 1498 McRae. 7:30 – 9:30pm, $15 or $9 with valid student ID
Saturday, Feb 20: Spending the Night: Vancouver’s Historic Hotels
John Atkin leads this walking tour of downtown Vancouver hotels, past and present, to discover the history and architecture of these storied buildings. Vancouver’s historic hotels speak of the way early travelers experienced our city, and how design was integral to the type of clientele the hotel was hoping to attract.
Downtown Vancouver. 10am – 12 noon, $15
Sunday, Feb 21: Historic Stanley Park: From British Enclave to Urban Oasis
Historian Maurice Guibord leads a walking tour and illustrated lecture on Stanley Park. After centuries of use by local First Nations, Stanley Park was transformed into an ode to British gardens, where Vancouver’s settler population could feel at home. We’ll explore elements of the park’s First Nations history along with some of the sites that launched the park as a British enclave. From there we’ll enjoy the comfort of the Vancouver Rowing Club with warm beverages, a short introduction to the history of the Club from General Manager Keith Jolly and an illustrated talk on other aspects of the park’s fascinating history by Maurice.
Stanley Park and Vancouver Rowing Club. 9:30am – 12pm, $20 or $15 with valid student ID