A Glance Up Cambie Between Water & Cordova

23454791440_8f9b7547cd_b

Despite its relative youth, Vancouver’s history is nevertheless like any other in that it’s layered in architecture. The great fire of 1886 wiped out most of the town when it was still in its infancy, so what we see today of its base layer – especially in and around Gastown, where the fire was most thorough in its destruction –  are the surviving buildings that replaced the earlier wooden ones that had burned to cinder. Nowadays, however, there is so much modern clutter that classic sight lines of this layer are few and far between.

The most beautiful of those that remain is the one afforded by looking south up Cambie St. between Water and Cordova. The view is dominated by John S. Helyer’s iconic Dominion Building, which was completed in 1910 and has a fascinating history of its own. Scout’s first office was on the top floor of the short sunlit building on the left. We had to look out of it sometimes to be reminded of the century we were in! To fully appreciate the view, go in the morning when the angled sunlight goes to work on the brick and paintwork.

THE NEXT COOL THING

There are 0 comments

Our Favourite Event of the Summer? The Powell Street Festival

The annual festival in and around Oppenheimer Park offers up full plates of Japanese-Canadian arts, culture, and fabulous food.

Get Your Eating Pants Ready! Italian Day is Coming

The annual celebration of Italian heritage is one of our great entertainment assets -- 14 blocks of delicious things to eat, drink, see and do!

From Humble Beginnings Came This Outstanding, Week-Long Beer Festival

Our '1,000 Cool Things About Vancouver' series continues with a no brainer: Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Sunshine, Concrete Couches and Ping Pong Next to a Brewery on a Bike Route

The new double-triangle bike route hangout on Vernon Drive (at Union Street) is the chillest place to take a break during rush hour.