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:

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Modern Mix Vancouver capturing shots throughout the West End with a Polaroid.

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First stop at Exile Bistro where we had some fresh appies, paired with an in-house bottled drink, the “Chagra” cold brew which is an infusion of mushrooms, berry, lemons and maple syrup. FYI: it tastes like iced tea, not mushrooms.

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The Vancouver Fire Department Firehall No. 6 on Nicola St. was the first firestation to be built in North America for motorized equipment. (The rest of the continent was still using horses).

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I always knew this place as Macaroni Grill, which was a short-lived restaurant in the West End. This building (which can be used for commercial or residential) continues to be up on the market for $10+ million.

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Mole Hill is a heritage housing community in the heart of the West End.

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Some of our favourite Polaroid shots on the West End walking tour.

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“Our first images, visions and loves of Vancouver were the West End.” – Nancy Bendtsen, Co-Founder of Inform Interiors

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.

For more information about The Jervis (scheduled for completion in 2018) and the West End neighbourhood in which it is being built, visit: intracorp.ca/thejervis and westendbia.com.

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