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TravelSmart to the BMO Vancouver Marathon!

On your mark. Get set. GO!

On your mark. Get set. GO!

Where can you find 31,000 litres of water, 13,000 bananas, over 90,000 spectators and 4,000 volunteers?

At the 45th annual BMO Vancouver Marathon and it’s happening this Sunday!

Runners from around the world will lace up and descend on our fair region on May 1 for this award-winning race.

Not up for the 42 kilometre trek? Not to worry!

There are races for everyone! You can participate in the marquee marathon, a fast half marathon, a relay, an 8 km run, a kids run or a 2.5 km walk.

The big news on the transit front is that the Vancouver International Marathon Society is offering free, single-use Compass Tickets to all runners.

There will also be free TravelSmart Bus Shuttles available in five locations for registered Marathon and Half Marathon runners.

You can find more information and register for the shuttle here.

Canada Line is one of the most convenient ways to get to the race with peak service levels in effect until 8:15am — meaning trains will be running every 6-7 minutes.

Remember! Different races have different starting points and times.

Check out this handy-dandy chart to help you get to the starting line!

Let transit help you get to the starting line

Let transit help you get to the starting line

*Relay Exchange Zones are located near Imperial Drive and W 16th, NW Marine and 4th Ave, plus Chestnut and Cornwall.

Get those pompoms and bullhorns out because the day isn’t just for the runners!

If you come out and cheer for the thousands of runners as they race toward the downtown Finish Line Street Festival, YOU could win prizes!

Know before you go!

The following bus routes will be modified at certain times during the day to accommodate the marathon: 2, 9, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25, 33, 41, 49, 99, 160, 210, 211, 240, 246, C18, C19, C20, C21, and C23.

SkyTrain and SeaBus will operate regular Sunday service; there is no Sunday service on the West Coast Express.

More race details as well as road closure information can be found online at bmovanmarathon.ca/travelsmart.
For transit information and detours, visit translink.ca/alerts.

Author: Adrienne Coling

TransLink’s family of companies and unions raise over $275,000 for a second year in a row

United Way of the Lower Mainland

Photo: (Left to right) David Black (MoveUP – COPE local 378), Kathy Pereira (CMBC), Brenda Aynsley (United Way), Cathy McLay (TransLink) and Kevin Desmond (TransLink).

Thanks again to the hard work and dedication of employees in the TransLink family, for the second year in a row, our donation to United Way of the Lower Mainland exceeded $275,000!

“I am extremely proud of the commitment employees across the TransLink enterprise display to our United Way campaigns each year. We have been strong supporters of United Way for many years because they have the ability to help the people who live in the communities we serve,” said Cathy McLay, CFO and EVP, Finance and Corporate Services, Translink.

Employees from TransLink, B.C. Rapid Transit Company, Coast Mountain Bus Company, Transit Police, MoveUP (COPE local 378), CUPE 4500, CUPE 7000, Unifor 111, and Unifor 2200 contributed their time and generously donated to support United Way’s programs and services.

“United Way works with over 150 community partners and builds strong relationships with government and social services to deliver programs, help people understand issues and create change. These are initiatives our union and members support,” added David Black, President, MoveUP (COPE local 378).

For more information on how contributions to United Way are helping make a difference in the lives of so many in our community, visit United Way of the Lower Mainland online.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blooms for the 10th year

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Join other cherry blossom enthusiasts online using the hashtag #VCBF10

Cherry blossoms are blooming all around the region and that means two things: 1) spring is definitely on its way and 2) the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is nearly here!

This year, the festival is celebrating its tenth season and will run from March 24 until April 17, 2016.

The festival always has so many fun events for all ages and this year is no exception!

Submit your cherry blossom-themed lines in the traditional 5-7-5 syllabic form for the Haiku Invitational.

Entering will get you the chance to be recognized as top winning poem, win the Sakura Aware or honourable mention in your category!

The inspiration for this year’s poems is celebrations and the contest runs until June 1.

Here are some tips from the organizers to help you get started:

Be clear. The best haiku present clear images that everyone can understand. Of course, deeper meanings may take many readings to fathom, but you’ll make a great start by focusing on sensory images – things you can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste.

Be suggestive. A haiku should hint at some sort of emotion or point of view rather than naming or analyzing it. Usually a haiku will have two parts, and deeper meanings or emotions often arise out of the unstated relationship between the two parts.

Practise. No poet has ever written a top-notch haiku without writing dozens of forgettable ones first. Keep a notebook where you can jot down haiku as the inspiration hits and then review them at your leisure.

You can take a look at last year’s winner, here.

A new experience for this year’s festival is the Blossom Barge where 40 beautiful, blooming cherry trees will be pulled by a tugboat up False Creek for everyone to enjoy.

Exciting performances will be happening at the moorings and it’s free to go!

Here is the Blossom Barge schedule:

April 16, 2016
10:40 am Blossom Barge parades from Science World to Granville Island
12:00 pm -2:00 pm Performances at Granville Island Market – featuring Tetsu Taiku & Tzo’kam collaboration, Kutapira and Langley Ukulele Ensemble.

April 17, 2016
12:00 pm-2:00 pm Performances at Granville Island Market – featuring the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
3:00 pm Blossom Barge parades from Granville Island to Science World
5:25 pm Blossom Barge passes by Canada Place Viewing Station

*Unfortunately, there will be no audiences allowed
on the actual voyage of the barge due to safety regulations*

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Cherry Jam Downtown Concert 2015

The big “to-do” each year is the Cherry Jam Downtown Concert at Burrard SkyTrain station sponsored, in part, by TransLink.

On March 24 from 12-1:30 pm in the indoor concourse, you can catch Metropolitan Orchestra String Quartet, Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, Vancouver Okinawa Taiko and more!

With so much happening this year, be sure to head to vcbf.ca for more event listings and further details.

Looking for blossoms? Visit the festival’s interactive map on where the blossoms are blooming!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Vancouver CelticFest is back!

12th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 10

12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on March 13

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

**Fun fact, an appropriate response to that greeting would be, “And the rest of the day to you!”**

CelticFest logo

CelticFest runs from March 10-17

March is here and that means spring is… springing, flowers are blooming and St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching!

CelticFest is back again this year with many lively, Irish-inspired events to celebrate from March 10 to March 17.

In fact, this is Western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration!

Some of the celebrations include a Celtic village and street market on Granville street March 12 and 13, Celtic musical performances and, of course, the 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade!

The parade starts at 11 a.m. on March 13 will follow the same route as in 2015, beginning on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.

Because of the route, some buses will be re-routed on the day of the parade.

Affected routes include:

004–POWELL/DOWNTOWN/UBC, 005–ROBSON/DOWNTOWN, 006–DAVIE/DOWNTOWN, 007–NANAIMO STN/DUNBAR, 010–GRANVILLE/DOWNTOWN, 014–HASTINGS/UBC, 016–29TH AVENUE STN/ARBUTUS, 020–VICTORIA/DOWNTOWN and 050–WATERFRONT STN/FALSE CREEK SOUTH.

Bus reroutes

Street closures on parade day

Know before you go!

Stay up to date with all transit alerts by visiting translink.ca/alerts or signing up for alerts via SMS text or email.

Plan your trip with our Trip Planner and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for real time service updates.

For more information on all the festivities surrounding Celtic Fest,
visit celticfestvancouver.com.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Alcuin College students show appreciation for TransLink staff and community

Alcuin College students show appreciation to SeaBus staff at Londsdale Quay

Alcuin College students show appreciation to SeaBus staff at Londsdale Quay

In recognition of the anti-bullying day last week, 70 students and parents from Alcuin College on the North Shore ventured out into the community to complete the first Alcuin Amazing Race!

Their goal was to focus on their antidote to bullying – belonging!

The students wanted to show that it takes all members of a community working together to solve challenges in a neighbourhood.

Student teams created skits, shovelled sand, created centrepieces, picked up litter, handed out paper hearts to pedestrians and shared treats with transit operators.

The students reflections of the day capture the spirit of the event.

“The Alcuin Amazing Race was, AMAZING! I loved seeing everyone’s faces. Everyone was so happy when they got the hearts and candy.  I remember I gave a heart to a homeless man and he started to cry.  My favourite place to visit was the HOpe Centre because it was quiet and we got to plant flowers”. – Mackenzie, Grade 5

“The thing I liked most about the Amazing Race was making new friends. I also liked getting to know other grades and giving out hearts because it made my day and someone else’s day.” – Anika, Grade 5

The SeaBus employees and bus operators were truly touched to be included and loved the enthusiasm of all the students involved.

What a great way to spread the idea of togetherness and inclusion.

Thank you to the students and staff of Alcuin College for including TransLink in this amazing, Amazing Race!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Pink is powerful!

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Pink Shirt Day 2016

Another Pink Shirt Day has arrived! What’s Pink Shirt Day? Well, let me tell you!

It’s a day to stand together (wearing pink, of course), speak up and speak out against bullying and harassment.

Wearing pink today says that you will not tolerate bullying behaviour in our schools, workplaces, communities or on transit and TransLink is committed to supporting this cause.

You can read about the original event that sparked the pink shirt movement here.

There are similar anti-bullying days all across the globe and the message is clear: kindness!

Take a look at some of the great pictures from the main event today at London Drugs Plaza, downtown Vancouver.

Looking for more ways to support Pink Shirt Day?
Head to pinkshirtday.ca.
Be sure to use #pinkitforward to show your support on social media!
Coast Capital Savings will donate $1 for every use of the hashtag to
support anti-bullying programs!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Vancouver Technical Secondary Students bring holiday cheer to bus operators (again!)

It was a bit chilly this morning, but that didn’t stop Vancouver Technical Students from getting up early to hand out goodies to our bus operators!

An annual tradition, Van Tech students have been giving hot chocolate and small gifts to bus operators on the last day of school before the holiday break for the past 19 years. (For more info on how the event got started you can check out our post from 2011. )

This year was no exception as students decked out in Santa hats greeted buses as they pulled up in front of the high school.

Handing over special Van Tech mugs and hot chocolates to surprised bus operators, the students wished our operators a Merry Christmas and thanked them for their service throughout the year.

With the holiday music in the air and students singing and dancing with homemade signs that read “HoHoHotChocolate” and “Thank You TransLink” the event was truly a heartwarming affair.

Thanks to all the Van Tech students for another wonderful event and for treating our bus operators to some holiday cheer!

You can check out previous posts of this event from 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Happy Holidays!

Author: Laura Tennant

 

Jump aboard the TRAMS bus to see the holiday lights!

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Strings of street lights, even stop lights, blink a bright red and green!

It’s December which means holiday lights are out in full force!

But how could one possibly see them all??

Fear not! Our friends The Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) would like to invite you to jump aboard the historic 4107, a 1982 General Motors bus, for a two-hour tour, passing by some of the most colourfully decorated homes in Vancouver and Burnaby.

You have eight chances to go! December 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23 and 27.

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The bus getting a holiday makeover!

Tickets:

Adult: $20
Senior/student (14-21): $15
Children (2-13): $5

Members of TRAMS will receive a $2 discount for all members of their travelling party.

The bus will depart from 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station at 7 pm on each of the dates above.

More information is available on the TRAMS website and if you’re interested in attending you can register online!!

Author: Adrienne Coling

All aboard the 20th anniversary West Coast Express Santa Train!

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Back for another year of holiday fun for a great cause is the West Coast Express Santa Train!

This annual toy drive is a great day for the whole family!

To ride the Santa Train, all you need to do is bring along a new, unwrapped toy as a donation.

Trade your toy for a ticket to ride and make the holidays a little brighter for families in need.

Last year over 3,760 Santa Train riders donated a record-setting 4,219 toys!

There are two rides on December 5th and December 12th.

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The ride begins in Mission City at 10 am. It will then stop at all WCE stations along the way picking up excited holiday riders.

Pssssst… Santa will be there too!

Once in Vancouver, you have the day to explore and have fun downtown.

Don’t forget to bring your camera because Santa will be at Waterfront Station (aka The North Pole) for photo ops at 3 pm before boarding the train home.

The train leaves Waterfront at 4 pm.WCE Santa Train 3
Author: Adrienne Coling

Blanket BC’s annual “Drive on the Line” campaign is back and needs YOUR help!

Blanket BC

On November 20th & 21st, Blanket BC Society is launching its seventh annual “Drive on the Line” campaign taking place along the Canada Line.

Last year there were over 5,000 blankets, 1,500 articles of clothing & over $7,200 collected!

This year’s goal is 10,000 blankets!

This two-day blanket drive will be collecting donations from passengers and public alike at 7 different stations.

You can donate at Waterfront, Yaletown/Roundhouse, Vancouver City Centre, Broadway/City Hall, Oakridge/41st, Bridgeport and Richmond Brighouse.

Accepted donations are: socks, scarves, mittens, toques and, of course, blankets.

All donated items will then be divided up and distributed to over 75 shelter programs and organizations that work directly with society’s most impoverished individuals and families throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

Volunteers needed!

This great initiative still needs more volunteers for this weekend.

Head to their website to volunteer your time and help #SpreadTheWarmth!

Join the online conversation with Blanket BC on Twitter and Facebook.

Author: Adrienne Coling

Kids ride free during International Walk to School Week 2015!

International Walk to School Week 21015 runs Oct 5-9!

Children around the world will be walking to school October 5-9, as part of International Walk to School Week (IWALK)! In recognition of this fantastic event, TransLink invites elementary and high school students (with a GoCard) to ride free on all TransLink services during IWALK. Adults accompanying students will still need to pay their fare during IWALK week.

You may be thinking, why free transit rides when the event is called “Walk to School Week”?

It’s simple – both walking and taking transit promote good health and independence, while keeping greenhouse gases to a minimum.

Here’s a few tools to help make travel by transit better:

  • Use the trip planner to find the best route;
  • Text the bus stop number to get the scheduled arrival time of the next bus; and
  • Sign-up to receive Transit Alerts so you Know Before You Go about any last minute changes to the service.

Teachers are invited to take advantage of the offer to organize field trips during the week. Please plan the transit portion during the “off peak” hours – between 9:30am and 2:30pm.

Choose to be a TravelSmart School – walk and take transit during International Walk to School Week.

Author: Laura Tennant

Let us be your ride to Pride!

Vancouver Pride 2015 parade map

The 37th annual Vancouver Pride Parade is back and we’re increasing transit service for the big day!

Our Pride Parade is one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ2+ events in the world.

On Sunday, August 2 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., crowds of more than 650,000 will be flocking to our region to celebrate.

Make sure to visit our Events Page to explore your transit options and plan your route!

Transit Service for the parade

Buses will be re-routed to accommodate the parade route. These include, but are not limited to bus routes:

  • 5 Robson/Downtown from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 6 Davie/Downtown from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 240 15th Street/Vancouver from noon to 3 p.m.
  • 246 Lonsdale Quay/Highland/Vancouver from noon to 3 p.m.
  • C21 Yaletown/Beach from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • C23 Yaletown/Davie/Main Street Station from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Visit the “Transit Alerts” tab on the Alerts page for more specific information.

Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines will provide increased service between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get customers to and from the Pride Parade.

To avoid lineups at Ticket Vending Machines after the event, you can pre-purchase return tickets at Burrard, Bridgeport and Vancouver City Centre stations.

Please note that these fareboxes only accept exact cash and tickets are valid until end of service.

SeaBus will operate between Lonsdale Quay and Waterfront every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

TravelSmart continues to sponsor BEST’s Bicycle Valet, which will offer free, secure temporary bike storage at two locations at Sunset Beach from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Due to crowding and safety concerns, please wait to take your bikes on the SkyTrain until crowds have cleared.

Visit VancouverPride.ca for event details and more Pride activities!

Let transit get you to your Canada Day events!

Flag in Vanier Park, Vancouver - Courtesy of I am I.A.M.

Flag in Vanier Park, Vancouver – Courtesy of I am I.A.M.

Canada Day is upon us and we want to help you enjoy all of the great celebrations our region has to offer.

Take a look at some of the bigger events and how to get there on transit!

Surrey is celebrating in style this Canada Day!

It’s a great (and free!) day of family fun for all ages – music, face painting, the works!

You’ll find midway games and rides, an expanded kids play area, over 100 exhibitors, live entertainment and a fireworks show in the evening.

My advice? Get there early because they are expecting more than 100,000 people to attend!

This is an easy one to get to. Take the Expo Line to Surrey Central station, hop on the 320 to Langley Centre at Cloverdale park and you’re there!

Where: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 17728 64 Avenue, Surrey
When: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Feeling fishy? The Steveston Community Centre is hosting the 70th Annual Salmon Festival!

You can check out the parade with more than 100 floats, marching bands, celebrities and other personalities who will wind their way down Moncton Street beginning at 10 a.m.

But the real star of the day will be the annual ultimate salmon barbecue — nearly 550 kilograms of BBQ salmon!

Other activities like a vintage car show, craft and food fair, Japanese cultural show and children’s festival will be running throughout the fair grounds including local performers.

Where: 4111 Moncton Street, Richmond
When: Breakfast starts at 6:30 a.m., main event begins at 10 a.m.

TransLink is providing a special event shuttle service on Wednesday, transporting passengers from Richmond’s Bridgeport Station to Lord Byng Elementary School in Steveston.

  • Shuttles start at 9 a.m. from Bridgeport Station to Steveston, with return shuttles starting in the afternoon, with the last shuttle leaving at approximately 4:30 p.m. Shuttles may continue later if the demand is great.
  • Lord Byng Elementary School (1 Road and Georgia Street) will be the shuttle’s temporary terminus, with a short walk to the festival site. The terminus may move to 1 Road and Steveston Highway if the area is heavily congested.
  • Additional shuttle service will back up regular service routes (C93, 401, 410) to ensure all customers can get where they’re going on Wednesday. Regular bus routes for the Steveston area will terminate at 1 Road and Steveston Highway due to congestion.
  • The shuttle are three articulated buses that are expected to run approximately every 20 minutes, leaving Bay 3 at Bridgeport Station.
  • The cost is a regular one-zone fare.

If you’re looking for crowds and Canada Day craziness, look no further!It's firework time again!

Canada Day at Canada Place is back for its 28th year.

This is a huge all day event including  live music and dance performances with popular acts and interactive activity zones featuring food carts, street hockey, an armed forces display, Salty’s Fun Zone and a circus show.

After all of that, you can check out the Canada Day Parade at 7:00 p.m. and the Fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

Where: Canada Place, Vancouver
When: 10 a.m. to end of Fireworks

To accommodate Canada Day festivities across the region, there will be extended service on SkyTrain, SeaBus and Canada line.

There will also be increased frequency or minor detours on some routes, including multiple routes in downtown Vancouver and the 135, 160, 209, 210, 211, 240, 246, 250, 250A, 257, 320, C43 and C47.

For other events, take a look at this great list from VanCity Buzz.

Know before you go! Use our Trip Planner to help you on your way to Canada Day fun!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Happy 148th, Canada!

We hope you all enjoy Canada Day!

We hope you all enjoy Canada Day!

Ohhhhhhhhhhh Canada we stand on guard for theeeeeeeeeeeee!!

I do love a good anthem.

Canada Day is this Wednesday, July 1st and there will be tons of activities happening all over the region.

Know before you go! Check out the holiday service schedule for detours and extended service.

Heading downtown Vancouver to see the fireworks at Canada Place?

Avoid those crazy long lines and pre-purchase return tickets for the SkyTrain!

Customers can buy tickets at Vancouver City Centre, Granville, Burrard and Waterfront stations.

Portable fareboxes only accept exact cash fare and tickets are valid until the end of service.

Perhaps you’re more of a Granville Island Canada Day celebrator. If you’re planning to ride your bike there, prepare to feel pampered!

BEST’S Bicycle Valet will be providing cyclists FREE, secure temporary bike storage from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

You can check out more details here.

Wherever you celebrate this great land of ours, let us help you get there!

Plan your route with our Trip Planner or call Customer Information at 604.953.3333.

Remember! On holidays you only need a one-zone fare for the entire system!

Author: Adrienne Coling

My Jane’s Walk experience: A Walking Tour of SE False Creek

Jane's Walk 2015It was a beautiful day on May 3rd when I headed out with my basset hounds to a Jane’s Walk in False Creek.

It WAS a beautiful day, until I ended up in a pond! Ok, that’s the end of the story, let me back up a little.

I hope some of you (or lots of you!) got a chance to participate in this year’s series of walks around Metro Vancouver.

Our leaders for the walk were Sabrina and Ian who work for TransLink and BCRTC, respectively. I have to admit, I didn’t know much about this area of False Creek and Olympic Village area other than, well, the Olympic athletes stayed there. I found out that it is a lovely community with various amenities, interesting public art and a rich history!

We started at Creekside Community Centre. I was tempted to just sit in the sun, enjoying a beverage at Tap & Barrel but we pressed on!

In 1978, False Creek was a mix of railway tracks, lumber mills and factories. That was until BC politicians decided to host a small transportation exhibition called “Transpo ’86” to sync with the centennial of Vancouver and the 100th anniversary of the transcontinental railway reaching Vancouver.

This teeny little expo exploded into a a world’s fair and what we now look back fondly as just Expo ’86. Just to give you a little perspective, they were expecting a maximum of 14 million people. They got 22 million! SkyTrain is one of the lasting contributions from Expo ’86 along with BC Place stadium, Science World and Canada Place.

Our next stop was Main St-Science World SkyTrain station, currently under construction. This station was the first of many to begin a facelift. As our stations are around 30 years old, it’s about time! It includes the bike parkade, public art, prototype newspaper containment systems, retail and decorative lighting. The final changes will be made to this station in the next few months to be done by the end of this summer.

Just down the path you can see the Pacific Central train station. It houses… guess what? TRAINS! This was built in 1919 for the Canadian National Railway. CN passenger trains were transferred to VIA Rail in 1978. Today, one of the most popular train trips is from here to Seattle.

Just to the North of the station is the property which will become the new site for St. Paul’s Hospital.

The Trans Am Totem by Marcus Bowcott is quite striking to see up close. Until this walk, I had only seen it from the SkyTrain on my way to or from downtown.

It’s part of Vancouver’s “Open Air Museum” from the 3rd Vancouver Biennale exhibition allowing access to all and to hopefully create “unexpected and global inspired cultural experiences where people live, play, work and transit.” This piece, according to the artist, is a metaphor that uncovers an unpleasant darkness in our society while revealing the emotional bankruptcy that results from our dependence on cheap, consumer goods.

You can also see the viaducts from this vantage point and it turns out the Georgia viaduct is for more than just filming the Deadpool movie! Along with the Dunsmuir viaduct, it was opened in 1972 that replaced a structure built from 1913-15.

The update was supposed to create a series of expressways in the downtown core. An idea that didn’t quite come to fruition. However, 43,000 vehicles and 2,000 bicycles use the viaducts every single day.

Hogan’s Alley was the local and unofficial name for Park Lane, an alley that ran through the southwestern corner of Strathcona until the 1960s. Most of the area was destroyed by the 1970s for the construction of the viaducts. Only one landmark of that area still remains and the Jimi Hendrix shrine on the corner of Union and Main. His grandmother lived in Vancouver and Jimi spent many a summer in the area.

Next, we rounded back, passing our origin and continued to Olympic Village Square. Let me tell you, it’s for the birds! No, seriously, have you seen the giant sparrows? Apparently, they are European. C’est bon, es ist toll, es genial, è fantastico! The art is from Myfanwy MacLeod and inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film, “The Birds.”

Then came the wetlands. Here’s where it all started to go wrong…

So, the park area with yes, wetlands, open green space, children’s playground, dog runs and the continuation of bike and walking paths is unofficially known as Hinge Park. The area is a combination of historical references to the former City Worksyard site with the creation of a naturalized wetland environment.

As I was trying to take a picture of the group, oops! It just slipped and I wasn’t fast enough. Phone. Pond. Ker-plunk!

I didn’t hesitate! I let my country girl roots kick in. Shoes and jewelry off and in I went! Unfortunately, the area closest to the phone’s watery grave was covered in bramble so I had a ways to go actually IN the water. It was cold. It was gross. There were ducks. People stared. You can see the final picture below I got from Sabrina. I suffer for this blog!

BUT! I got my phone, it worked (a modern day miracle) and I saved all the pictures from the day! And thanks to the fruit inspired manufacturer, let’s call them… “Banana,” I got a replacement phone for my rapidly fritzing, waterlogged one.

Because I was rather soggy, I missed the final stop, the Brewery Creek region. Luckily, my colleagues provided me with their notes!

Way, way, back this area was covered in dense, dark rainforest with many indigenous flower and berries used for First Nations medicine and food.

Later on, it was still defined by its landscape, with slaughterhouses, the nearby Vancouver Tannery and breweries including San Francisco Brewery, Mainland Brewery, Landsdowne Brewery, Lion Brewery and the Thorpe & Co. Soda Water Works.

Inspired by hops and barley past, there is a movement for areas call Craft beer urbanism. Yep. It’s a thing! Craft breweries and smaller distilleries and wineries are a part of a still growing trend in urbanism that helps define place making opportunities and local identity.

Last, but certainly not least, was the Salt Building (now home to Craft Beer Market) built in 1930. The original 13,000 square-foot space worked with the Bay Area salt trade in San Francisco where unrefined salt was shipped to Vancouver for processing and extraction. It is one of the last buildings in the area that harkens back to the industrial heyday of Vancouver.

That’s all folks! It was an interesting and enlightening day. I’m very glad, despite what I’m dubbing the new Watergate, I was able to understand more about some of the communities and neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver. Although next time, I’ll have someone else take the photos, or have a wrist strap!

Author: Adrienne Coling