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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You Are Invited To Our Heritage Lounge This Saturday, August 20th, 12 – 6

The Heritage Lounge will be a part of the Vancouver Mural Festival‘s street festival being sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area (MPBIA).

It will be located in front of Rath Art Supplies at 2412 Main Street, just up from the intersection of Main, Kingsway and 7th Avenue.
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A feature display this year will be ‘My Mount Pleasant: Vancouver’s First Suburb’, a project put together by the neighbourhood’s grade five heritage ambassador Lauren Lee for BC Heritage Fairs.

We will have materials about Sean MacPherson’s ‘Remembering Brewery Creek’ project. He has received a grant from the Chapman & Innovations Fund at UBC to create a website and walking app which will remember historical Brewery Creek.

Our Treasured Buildings 2015/2016 Walking Tour pamphlet will be available to take away and we will also have our Mount Pleasantries of the Arts Realm about the neighbourhood’s rich history of the arts.

Hope you can join us. Mount Pleasant’s Heritage Lives!

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Mount Pleasant Is Like A Time Machine

“A walk through Mount Pleasant is like going into a time machine. The past is still around us.” So says Lauren L., a grade five resident who presented her project “My Mount Pleasant: Vancouver’s First Suburb” at our June meeting. She put the project together for the BC Heritage Fairs and we were mightily impressed with her engaging storytelling of our historic neighbourhood and her own heritage home.

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Lauren also made a video for the Young Citizens program which is a complementary component to Heritage Fairs. The videos are posted online and students have a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Youth Forum. Public voting is open until midnight(EDT) July 6, 2016, and the result will make up 50% of a student’s final score.

Please watch Lauren’s lively and personal account of Mount Pleasant’s past and vote for her here. As she says, “We all have something to give, and Mount Pleasant has given Canada a beautiful, historical neighbourhood… and a lot of us Canadians need to know that.”

Thank you Lauren for being such a compelling Mount Pleasant heritage ambassador.

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Upcoming MPHG Meeting June 6th, 2016

Please join us Monday, June 6th, at 7 pm for our next regular meeting.

The agenda will include:

a presentation by Lauren Lee, a grade five resident of the neighbourhood, entitled “My Mount Pleasant: A History of Vancouver’s First Suburb.” Lauren put this together for the BC Heritage Fairs

-a warm up to the next Heritage Vancouver’s Shaping Vancouver Conversation, What Do I Want From My Street? Change Is Coming To Cambie, Main, Fraser. We will feature an in-depth presentation on Old Mount Pleasant Village (many of its buildings still exist) as well as consider Main Street’s central role in the neighbourhood’s vibrant street life and gathering spaces

Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring forth any topic of interest to Mount Pleasant heritage. Hope to see you there!

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.

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Treasured Buildings 2015-2016

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Thanks to John Atkin, Christine Hagemoen and Robert Lemon for information and to Bruce Macdonald for all of his support.

Sources:

B.C. City Directories – Vancouver Public Library

Celebrating 100 Years of Learning – Florence Nightingale Elementary, 2012

Grandview Heritage Group– Centenary Signs

James Johnstone – When An Old House Whispers…

Mount Pleasant Historic Context Statement – written by Bruce Macdonald for Donald Luxton & Associates and the City of Vancouver

Street Names of Vancouver – Elizabeth Walker, Vancouver Historical Society, 1999

Vancouver Archives (Water Service Records) and VanMap – City of Vancouver

Vancouver Building Permits – 1901 to 1921 – Heritage Vancouver

Vancouver Daily World

Vancouver House Styles – Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Vancouver Schools  Establishing Their Heritage Value – Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd. for the City of Vancouver & Vancouver School Board, 2007 – pp. 29-31, 80

Vanishing Vancouver The Last 25 Years – Michael Kluckner

 

 

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Upcoming MPHG Meeting April 25th, 2016

Please join us Monday, April 25th at 7 pm for our next regular meeting.

The agenda will include:

-a reveal of a new project aimed at promoting heritage to kids as well as engaging our Mount Pleasant artists

-special guest presenter David Vertesi via Skype, who will tell us about the Main Street Mural Project…Who, What, When, Where, Why

-a look at small town heritage in the prairie town of Lethbridge

Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring forth any topic of interest to Mount Pleasant heritage.  Hope to see you there!

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.

 

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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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Celebrate Heritage Week 2016 in Mount Pleasant’s Heritage Heart!

The area around the triangle block has become affectionately known as the Heritage Heart by the community.  Created by the intersecting of Kingsway, originally an ancient indigenous and animal trail, Main Street, formerly Westminster Avenue and 7th Avenue, this was the hub from which Old Mount Pleasant Village developed.  From this unique intersection at the crest of the hill, Mount Pleasant grew into Vancouver’s first suburb.

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

The Mount Pleasant Heritage Group invites you to Mount Pleasant’s Heritage Heart to celebrate Canada’s Heritage Day (February 15th), British Columbia’s Heritage Week (February 15th – 21st) and this year’s theme ‘Distinctive Destinations:  Experience Historic Places’.  Head to Rath Art Supplies at 2412 Main Street February 15th to March 15th to discover the Heritage fun we have put together for you…and be sure to bring the kids!

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Upcoming MPHG Meeting February 1st, 2016

Please join us Monday, February 1st at 7 pm for our next regular meeting.

The agenda will include a preview of our Heritage Week 2016 project.  The theme this year is Distinctive Destinations:  Experience Historic Places and the dates are February 15th-21st.

Everyone is welcome to attend and to bring forth any topic of interest to Mount Pleasant heritage.  Hope to see you there!

Our meetings take place at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116

 

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