CVA - LGN 1228 - Grandview Sheet Metal works beside what is now Uprising Bakery on Commercial & Venables c 1913

HISTORY, HORTICULTURE, HERITAGE & CAFFEINATED HIP - Come along on a History Walk through Vancouver's hippest, historic, neighbourhood, “Grandview”. Vancouver’s Grandview is a neighbourhood unlike any other. Originally promoted as a middle class alternative to the West End and Shaughnessy, Grandview, which straddles both sides of Commercial Drive, is a fascinating mix of elegant Edwardian mansions, and edgy Bohemian chic, interspersed with interestingly repurposed  heritage churches, former monasteries, beautiful gardens and some of the best affordable restaurants and hippest coffee shops in the city. 

SGN 422 - Family standing at fence of Professor Edward Odlum residence at 1710 Grant Street near today's Spartacus Gym

You will see the mansions of theologian, scientist, comparative ethnologist and British Israelite Professor Edward Odlum; 

SGN 421 - J.J. Miller residence at 1036 Salsbury and Napier

Kurrajong—the elegant turreted home of Australian-born realtor and PNE founder John James Miller; the former home of author Joy Kogawa; the one-time home of Canadian rockabilly legend Ray Condo; a pre-fabricated Presbyterian church building which was later converted into a Fijian Hindu Temple and is now strata apartments; the site of Jeff Walls “The Pine on the Corner”; as well as what have to be Vancouver’s shortest and cutest streets, Lily and Rose Streets, and much much more.

The tour departs from the SE corner of Commercial and Venables near the site of the neighbourhood’s first electric light and ends near Commercial and Graveley in front of the site of Grandview’s first house.

Departs: SE corner of Venables and Commercial
Duration: Roughly two hours
Cost: $25 per person

For more information on my History Walks or to book a private tour please e-mail  me at

History Walks in Vancouver with James Johnstone have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

SGN 962 - Family standing on front porch of house in Grandview-Cedar Cottage area