Vancouver Heritage Foundation Weekly: Vancouver’s hidden Sunrise Neighbourhood

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Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.

This Friday VHF’s series of summer walking tours heads to a part of East Hastings few people know the joys of. With sweeping views of the Burrard Inlet, tree-lined streets and beautiful heritage homes this neighbourhood north of East Hastings St. is a wonderful area to wander. This Friday, June 12th at 10am we invite you to join our intrepid guide Maurice Guibord for a guided walking tour that starts at the water’s edge near historic Hastings Townsite and moves west.

Photo Credit: St. James Community Service Society
Photo Credit: St. James Community Service Society

Along the way you’ll enjoy the architecture of beautiful refurbished heritage homes, take in scenic vistas of sought-after views and visit Burrard View Park, a Places That Matter plaque site from 2012. Burrard View Park was the site of a Children’s Aid home built in 1906 in a remote part of Hastings Townsite. It was commonly known as the ‘Wall Street Orphanage’ in the 1920s, and remnants of its foundations remain in the park. Several other buildings followed, including “Babies’ Cottage” (1924). In the early 1930s, on the west side of the park, the Juvenile Detention Home was erected. This imposing building became notorious for its prison-like conditions and was demolished in 1976. In 1999 the former Babies Cottage  was lovingly restored by the Saint James Cottage Hospice as part of the St. James Community Service Society.

Join us to see this and other hidden treasures of the area, and learn about what is soon to be your new favourite spot in the city.

Sunrise: At the Water’s Edge
Meet in the small park at Yale St. and Wall St.
Friday, June 12th – 10am to 12pm
$15 including tax, walk-ups are welcome