Day Out

Over + Out In The Downtown Core

i. Today’s adventure starts atop the city at the Vancouver Lookout.

Designed by WZMH Architects, Vancouver’s Harbour Tower was formally opened on August 13th, 1977 by Astronaut Neil Armstrong. These days, visitors are whisked up 553 feet in a glass elevator. Walk around the 360° rotunda to view Vancouver from Burnaby to UBC, from the Pacific Ocean, Stanley Park and North Shore Mountains to Washington’s Mount Baker, the East End and the Airport.

*Do double check if the lookout is open for drop-in visits. At the time of writing, and pandemic precautions, the Lookout is only open for small groups/pre-booked families and tours.

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ii.  Head west to one of the city’s most beautiful historic Art Deco structures: The Marine Building. Situated at Burrard and Hastings, the twenty-one floor office building was designed by architects John Y McCarter and George C. Nairne. UK Poet Laureate and architecture buff, Sir John Betjeman, called this Hollywood North favourite: ‘the best Art Deco office building in the world.’

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iii. Next, aim south up the Burrard Street hill to two more Vancouver heritage landmarks: Christ Church Cathedral, and the green copper roofed Hotel Vancouver, home to Labrador retriever greeters, Ella and Elly.

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iv. It’s time for some art, and the downtown core offers plenty of options. There is, of course, Vancouver Art Gallery  with its innovative exhibits and programming. Close by, you’ll also find The Bill Reid Gallery, named in honour of renowned Haida artist, Bill Reid, who passed away in 1998. The Gallery houses ‘Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection and special exhibitions of contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast of North America’.

The Pendulum Gallery is another interesting visit. Housed in the atrium of an office building, this space features Broken Column, Alan Storey’s giant kinetic sculpture swinging overhead. Each year, The Pendulum Gallery runs ~ 12 to 14 exhibits which you can pop in and walk through for no cost.

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v. By this point, you have no doubt worked up an appetite. There is plenty of food  – and shopping – to be found along Vancouver’s famed Robson Street. Most fun, if you’re visiting during the winter months, go for an after-meal skate at Robson Square Ice Rink.

Here’s a look back at when the rink was refurbished and opened up in time for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

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Header Photo: Jay Yu

 

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