My Canada Is…In My Backyard

Have you ever wondered why Mount Pleasant’s streets are named after the Canadian provinces/territories & why Ontario Street is the centre/000 block of Vancouver?

In 1869 Henry Valentine Edmonds, the clerk of the municipal council in New Westminster, acquired District Lot 200A – the wilderness south of False Creek and north of today’s Broadway that would later become Mount Pleasant. By 1888, a year after the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Dr. Israel Powell, who hailed from Ontario, was a co-owner of the land with Edmonds. In 1871 Dr. Powell had been one of the key people to negotiate the entry of the British colony of British Columbia into the country of Canada, which had been created in 1867.

Dr. Powell named all his streets in Mount Pleasant after the seven provinces that made up Canada in 1888, when the neighbourhood was established; thus creating a representation of the map of Canada. The centre street of Vancouver’s grid system is Powell’s Ontario Street, the 000 hundred block going east-west. He probably did this because Ontario is known as central Canada and it was Powell’s birthplace. The eastern province streets are east of Ontario Street with the western province streets west of it.

“The original map of Canada street name system in Mount Pleasant was later extended to include two new north-south streets after a new province and a new territory were formed: Alberta Street, in the 300 block west (Alberta was formed in 1905) and Yukon Street in the 400 block west (the Yukon territory was formed in 1898).”

Information, quotes and map from the ‘Mount Pleasant Historic Context Statement’ (pages 2-5) written by Bruce Macdonald in 2008 for Donald Luxton and Associates and the City of Vancouver.

MPHG would like to thank the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area (MPBIA) and Rath Art Supplies for their generous support of this project.

This Heritage Week 2017 project brought to you by Alyssa, Danielle and Jennifer.

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Celebrating Heritage Week 2017 and the theme ‘My Canada Is…’

Have you ever wondered why Mount Pleasant’s streets are named after the Canadian provinces/territories & why Ontario Street is the centre/000 block of Vancouver?

For an explanation check out our Heritage Week 2017 banner display ‘My Canada Is…In My Backyard’.

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The banner is in the window of Rath Art Supplies, located in the Triangle Building at 2412 Main Street, right in the centre of Mount Pleasant’s ‘Heritage Heart’.

It will be up until February 26th, 2017.

Mount Pleasant Heritage Lives!      window-on-side-of-crosbie-blk-on-sw-corner-of-main-8th

MPHG would like to thank the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area (MPBIA) and Rath Art Supplies for their generous support of this project.

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Heritage Heart Look and Find


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To Celebrate Heritage Week 2016’s theme ‘Distinctive Destinations:  Experience Historic Places’ join in the Mount Pleasant Heritage Heart Look and Find.

Heart from stained glass window on Crosbie Block at the corner of Main & 8th

Heart from stained glass window on Crosbie Block at the corner of Main & 8th

Head to Rath Art Supplies at 2412 Main Street to participate in the fun and explore Mount Pleasant’s Heritage Heart.  Project up until March 15th. #HeritageHeartLookandFind

 

This project was generously supported by the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area (MPBIA), Rath Art Supplies and our MPHG volunteer team.

To view the answers for the Mount Pleasant Heritage Heart Look and Find CLICK HERE

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Thanks to all these local Main Street businesses for putting up Heritage Week signs in their windows!

Main Street East from north to south:

The Whip Restaurant & Gallery, Adhesif Clothing Company,           HOT ART/wet CITY, Blue Star Motors, Gene Cafe, East Vanity Parlour, Rath Art Supplies, Pulpfiction Books, Frenchies Diner, Cash Money, Barney’s Craft & Grill, Bean Around the World Coffees, Kea Foods, Charlie’s Little Italian, The Cascade Room, Dairy Queen, Mr. Brownstone Bar & Grill, Heritage Hall, Urban Source

Main Street West from north to south:

The Unique Antique Vintage Collectibles, Breizh Salon Services,     City Motor Hotel, Foundation Restaurant, Nirvana Restaurant, Antisocial Skateboard Shop, Uptown Barbers, John’s Jukes Ltd.,
Goh Ballet, 8th + Main, Bonchaz Bakery Cafe, Reno Restaurant, Kafka’s Coffee & Tea, Bird on a Wire Creations, much & little, The Archetype, The Corner Store, Denman Bikes at Main & 10th, Planet Bingo, Grantree Furniture Rental

Mount Pleasant Heritage Lives!

 

Join us for our next meeting Monday, March 2nd and hear
tales about our cherished Main Street buildings told to us during our Heritage Week project celebrating “Main Street:  At the Heart of the Community”.

 

Our meetings are at 7 pm at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.
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Upcoming MPHG Meeting Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Please join us tonight at 7 pm for our next regular meeting, which will take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116

The agenda is open and will include:

*New information gathered on our Treasured Buildings since the profiles were posted on the website.  We will discuss how to do more in-depth investigations.  One of the group’s questions – who  was Mrs. Jessie Pierce?  She is listed in 1910 as the Owner/Architect on the building permits of not only 2350 Prince Albert Street, one of our sign recipients, but also of the three houses beside it.   She appears to be one of Vancouver’s early developers.

*Heritage Week in BC occurs from February 16th – 22nd.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating Main Street:  At the Heart of the Community”.  How can the Main Street Business in Mount Pleasant join in on this Heritage Celebration?

*Project List:

-MP Treasured Buildings – getting this year’s process underway.

-Heritage Lounge – women of Mount Pleasant’s past as a feature board.

-Short Video profiling Mr. Bob Butler, an employee of the Mount Pleasant Optometry Centre who has been there since it opened in 1950.

*Update on our website development.

*Update on the Mount Pleasant Community Heritage Project (144 East 6th Avenue).

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