Invited by Intracorp, the developers of the upcoming West End collection of homes “The Jervis“, Modern Mix Vancouver played tourist in our own city on a West End walking tour led by civic historian John Atkin.
The tour began at Exile Bistro (1220 Bute Street) and led us down Davie Street, until we turned into the lovely West End residential streets of Nicola, Barclay and Broughton, ending off at Marquis Wine Cellars in Davie Village. Celebrating the heritage of Vancouver’s West End, each participant was provided with a Polaroid Camera to see the neighbourhood through a historical lens.
See the West End through the eyes of Modern Mix Vancouver from our photos below…and keep scrolling for some facts and tidbits about this lovely neighbourhood:
More West End Facts:
- The West End was originally purchased in 1862 by three men (John Morton, Samuel Brighouse and William Haistone) for $550.75.
- These three men who purchased the West End land were known as the “Three Greenhorns”, due to the belief that the purchase was naive and poorly considered.
- English Bay is home to the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition.
- It took 63 years to build Vancouver’s Seawall.
- The West End is home to the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club, one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world.
- Davie Village is the area that extends from Jervis Street to Burrard Street.
- There are currently 53 restaurants, cafes and eateries in Davie Village.
- Davie Village commissioned local artist Joe Average to help create the two-sided banners in the are: they depict a rainbow flag on one side and a sun design by Average on the other.
- Davie Day is held in early September each year to celebrate the community and local businesses.