H. R. MacMillan Space Centre
MacMillan Space Centre, founded 1968, is an astronomy museum in Vancouver, British Columbia, that is located at Vanier Park in Vancouver. Next to the building is the Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory and this centre of astronomy is a popular attraction in Vancouver. The Space Centre is named for H. R. MacMillan, the building was designed in the 1960s by architect Gerald Hamilton to house what was called The Centennial Museum. The planetarium was added as part of a pre-construction re-design, the Space Centre originated as the H. R. MacMillan Planetarium until its re-branding in the 1990s when it expanded to exhibit space into one of the wings of the building it shares with the Museum of Vancouver. The facility was refurbished and renovated to include the Space Centre exhibit space in 1997-98 by Matsuzaki Wright Architects
The Pacific Coliseum, known to locals as The Coliseum or the Rink on Renfrew, is an indoor arena located at Hastings Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its main use has been for ice hockey and the arena has been the home for several ice hockey teams, the arena is the former home of the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League. It was completed in 1968, on the site of the Pacific National Exhibition, originally holding 15,038 for ice hockey, capacity has fluctuated slightly over the years and currently holds 16,281. During the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, it was the venue for figure skating, the arena hosts a variety of concerts and other events. Designed by W. K. Noppe in 1966–67, with its geometric shape and distinctive ring of white panels. Used initially as home to the WHLs Vancouver Canucks, the building was used to attract an NHL franchise in 1970, recent renovations were completed in 2007 to upgrade accessibility, seating, HVAC, and ice surface for its use as a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
During the renovations prior to the Olympics major upgrades were done to the ice plant at the Pacific Coliseum, the adjacent Agrodome ice plant was decommissioned and both buildings now share the same system located at the Coliseum. The City of Vancouver named the Pacific Coliseum a heritage site in August 2013, on December 28,1968, rock group Led Zeppelin opened for Vanilla Fudge. This would be the first of several concerts for the band at the Pacific Coliseum over the next decade, Led Zeppelin would go on to base several of their North American tour operations from Vancouver and the Pacific Coliseum in the early 1970s. On June 6,1970 The Doors performed at the Coliseum with Albert King, in 1972 the Rolling Stones opened their 1972 tour in support of their iconic album Exile On Main Street at the Pacific Coliseum. The band performed Ventilator Blues off the Exile album for the time in their storied career at this concert. Stevie Wonder performed as the opening act, on November 2,1974, George Harrison performed the first of a series of concerts that would form his infamous Dark Horse Tour.
This tour marked not only the first North American Tour by a former-Beatle, the Bee Gees played here on July 15,1979 during the first leg of their North American Spirits Having Flown Tour. KISS performed at the PNE Coliseum twice in their 1970s heyday, the 1st was on July 24,1977 Love Gun Tour with Cheap Trick opening guests. On November 19,1979 KISS played on their Dynasty Tour with Vancouvers own Loverboy as opening act and it was Loverboys 1st live show ever. Nazareth recorded their live album Snaz in May 1981, david Bowies performances, during his Serious Moonlight Tour, on September 11–12,1983, were filmed and released, on VHS, in 1984 and re-released, as a DVD, in 2006. American band Pearl Jam played at the arena on September 25,2011, alexisonfire played in the Coliseum on December 17,2012, for their farewell tour. The arena hosted the game of the 1972 Summit Series on September 8
BC Place is a multi-purpose stadium located at the north side of False Creek, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is owned and operated by the BC Pavilion Corporation, a corporation of the province. It is currently the home of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer, the stadium served as the main stadium for the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Paralympics which Vancouver hosted. The stadium opened on June 19,1983 and was built as a structure with an air-supported roof. Once construction was completed, the new roof was the largest of its type. Construction of the started in 1981 and was completed in 1983. BC Place was built as part of the preparations for the 1986 Worlds Fair, the stadium was the worlds largest air-supported domed stadium until May 4,2010 when it was deflated for the last time in preparation for the erection of its new retractable roof. The first major event held in the stadium was on June 20,1983 when the Vancouver Whitecaps hosted the Seattle Sounders in a North American Soccer League game with attendance announced at 60,342.
On July 24,1983, a crowd of 41,810 watched the BC Lions defeat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 44–28 in the Lions first game at the stadium, the venue would host the Soccer Bowl 83 that year. On September 18,1984 Pope John Paul II addressed an over-capacity crowd for A Celebration of Life, the celebration was part of the papal visit to the Archdiocese of Vancouver. It was one of the most heavily attended events in the stadium, the Popes Celebration of Life was followed a few months by the Canadian Pacific Billy Graham Crusade, which drew similar numbers each night. The stadium was used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. Accepting an invitation by the Province of British Columbia, their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles, to great fanfare, they officially proclaimed the Worlds Fair open on May 2,1986. The stadium was the first air-supported structure and 24th venue to host the ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. It was both the third CFL venue and the third Canadian venue to have served as an Olympic Stadium, after Montreals Olympic Stadium, BC Place was a venue of the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup, including the Championship Final match on July 5,2015.
It hosted round six of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2015-16 series, on January 5,2007, snow accumulated on the air-supported Teflon Fibreglass roof, despite strict zero accumulation of ice guidelines and ice accumulation structural warnings. The accumulation caused a tear in the roofs ETFE-coated fabric close to Gate G on the side where the roof meets the top of the concrete bowl. The tear grew quickly as air escaped through it, whereupon maintenance staff performed an intentional, as it was designed to do, the deflated roof rested on its steel support cables 6 metres above the seating and the field
Canada Place is a building situated on the Burrard Inlet waterfront of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is the home of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, Vancouvers World Trade Centre, the buildings exterior is covered by fabric roofs resembling sails. It is the main cruise ship terminal for the region, the building was designed by architects Zeidler Roberts Partnership in joint venture with Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership and DA Architects + Planners. Canada Place can be reached via the SkyTrain line at the nearby Waterfront Station terminus or via West Cordova Street in Vancouver. The structure was expanded in 2001 to accommodate another cruise ship berth and in 2009/10, for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada Place was built on the land which was originally the Canadian Pacific Railways Pier B-C. Built in 1927, its purpose was to serve CPR. In 1978 Federal and Municipal governments commenced planning for development of convention, cruise ship, four years later, the Government of Canada created a crown corporation, Canada Harbour Place Corporation, to develop the Canada Place project on the Pier B-C site.
Construction began when HM Queen Elizabeth II arrived on the Royal Yacht Britannia with The Right Hon, pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and The Hon. William R. Bennett, Premier of BC to initiate the first concrete pour. During Expo 86, the Canada Pavilion at Canada Place was opened by HRH Prince Charles and The Right Hon. Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada. Among the largest and most elaborate pavilions presented by any nation at any Worlds Fair, Canada Place Corporation, a Crown agent, continues to act as the coordinating landlord for Canada Place facilities. Events Throughout the year many community events are held at and hosted by Canada Place, the Pan Pacific Vancouver has 504 rooms and suites and several restaurants and a lounge. The Hotel is operated by Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, the Heritage Horns, formerly known as the 12 Oclock Horn, sound the first four notes of O Canada every day at noon and can be heard throughout Downtown Vancouver and beyond. The ten horns have five facing north and five facing east on the roof of the Pan Pacific hotel and have an output of 115 Decibels and they were the brainchild of Les Southwell and constructed by Robert Swanson for Expo 67, and funded by BC Hydro.
They were originally on the roof of the BC Hydro building and were silent when the headquarters was converted to condominiums in the early 1990s, the horns started sounding again on November 8,1994 after being acquired and relocated to Canada Place. Due to complaints the timer was changed from mechanical to electrical soon after to make them accurate and they sounded 26 times during the 2010 Olympics, once for each medal won by Canada. The first was at 7, 30pm on February 13 for a silver won by Jennifer Heil, another notable time signal in the area is the 9 OClock Gun across the harbour in Stanley Park. Ballantyne Pier - overflow cruise ship terminal in Vancouver CPR Pier B and C Expo 86 The Drop Official website
The Hotel Vancouver is a hotel located on West Georgia Street at Burrard Street, in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Constructed at 111 metres high, its architects were John S. Archibald and it became part of the Canadian Pacific Hotels chain after that company purchased CN Hotels in 1988. CP Hotels was purchased by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and this building is the third hotel to be named Hotel Vancouver. The second hotel was in a grand Italianate revival style, and was considered one of the hotels of the British Empire. In the time of building the names of the Spanish Grill, the Panorama Roof, the Timber Club, the Pacific Empire Ballroom. It had several ballrooms and lounges, as well as an adjacent opera house cum cinema, the first two Hotel Vancouvers were between Howe and Granville Streets on the south side of West Georgia Street. The current building, a block away across the plaza of the then-provincial courthouse and on the same side of Georgia. A large art-deco sound stage used for theatre and musical broadcasts was located on the ground floor.
It was here, in the Panorama Roof Ballroom, that Dal Richards, on May 1,1940 young Dal Richards, his 11-piece band and a then-unknown 13-year-old Juliette were booked to replace Mart Kenney and His Western Gentlemen, Canadas leading dance band at the time. No-one could have known that Dals initial six-week contract would stretch into 25 years of regular performances, a weekly CBC Radio show was broadcast nationally from the Panorama Roof Ballroom of the Hotel Vancouver for many years
The Sun Tower is a 17 storey 82 m Beaux-Arts building at 128 West Pender Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is known for its faux-patina steel dome painted to imitate copper cladding, nine nude muses, the nine maidens supporting the cornice line can be seen. The terracotta for this building, including the ladies, was made in Tamworth, England by Gibbs, the Sun Tower was commissioned by L. D. Taylor to house his newspaper, The Vancouver World. The intention was that the building would be throughout the Worlds circulation area as the tallest building in the city. John Coughland and Sons of Vancouver had 1,250 tons of steel fabricated for construction, for one year, it was the tallest building in the British Empire until Torontos 85 metre Canadian Pacific Building opened in 1913. In 1918, droves of Vancouverites turned out to watch as Harry Gardiner, when The Vancouver Sun bought the building in 1937, it was renamed. Although The Sun newspaper has long since relocated, first to South Granville to Granville Square, the exterior of the Sun Tower is used as the Watchtower in Smallville.
The tower has been enhanced to look taller. In certain shots, the tower is the highest building in Metropolis, the Sun Tower was designed by architect William Tuff Whiteway, who designed the original Woodwards building nearby. The building takes the form of an eight storey, L-shaped block, the tower is capped by a Beaux-Arts dome and cupola. The structure of the tower is steel, which is clad in a combination of terracotta tiles. The dome itself, although painted to resemble patinated copper, is steel, the exterior is adorned with nine terracotta caryatids supporting the cornice, sculpted by Charles Marega. Further decorative detailing is provided by carved stone sills under all windows, Haddington Island andesite is used for some of the decorative carvings near the top of the tower, that feature animal skulls surrounded by garlands of fruit and flowers. The purchase price was not announced, but the building had a 2008 assessed value of CA$6.16 million, the new owners promised to restore the heritage building.
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Royal Centre (Vancouver)
Royal Centre is a skyscraper complex located at 1055 West Georgia Street in Downtown Vancouvers Financial District. The primary tenant of the complex is RBCs British Columbia headquarters, the tower, known as RBC Tower or Royal Bank Tower, stands at 141 m and 37 storeys and was completed in 1973. The building is owned and managed by Brookfield Properties, a major North American commercial real estate company, there are two underground levels of retail stores in the Royal Centre complex. The complex has direct access to the Burrard SkyTrain station, list of tallest buildings in Vancouver Royal Centre website Emporis. com
Sinclair Centre is an upscale shopping mall in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. It is located at 757 West Hastings Street between Granville and Howe streets, the centre comprises four buildings that were restored and connected by a new atrium space designed by Henriquez Partners Architects and Toby Russell Buckwell Architects in 1986. The cost for work was 38 million. The main post office was housed here from 1910 until the new one opened in 1958, the Post Office Building is in an Edwardian Baroque style, combining English and French influences. It features an atrium clock consisting of four 12-foot-diameter clocks built in 1909 and is the largest clock movement in Western Canada, in addition to the mall, the building has a seven floor office tower occupied by the federal government. The buildings that comprise the centre are the Post Office, the handsome and architecturally esteemed Winch Building, the Customs Examining Warehouse, the mall is home to elite boutiques. Sinclair is the grandfather of 23rd Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Kitsilano /kɪtsᵻˈlænoʊ/ is a neighbourhood in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Known colloquially as Kits, the neighbourhood is named after Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano, Kitsilano is located in Vancouvers West Side along the south shore of English Bay, between the neighbourhoods of West Point Grey and Fairview. Notable landmarks in Kitsilano include the Burrard Bridge, Kitsilano Beach, the name Kitsilano is derived from X̱atsalanexw, the name of a Squamish chief. The area has been home to the Squamish people since the 1800s when they moved into the area to work in saw mills, the Squamish finally surrendered the reserve to the federal government in 1946. There is still a small amount of Indian reserve land at the foot of the Burrard Street Bridge, called senakw in the Squamish language, the lowland area beyond MacDonald, from 4th Avenue to King Edward, was known as Malaria Flats because of its swampy air. Like most of Vancouver, it had only a few decades before been covered in dense West Coast forest.
From the 1890s, the Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club in Granville Park became a club for the local elite. However, the area became gentrified by yuppies in subsequent decades, close proximity to downtown Vancouver, walking distance to parks and popular Granville Island has made the neighbourhood a very desirable community to live. One of the concert venues in the city in the days of the counterculture was the Soft Rock Cafe, near 4th and Maple. One remaining artifact of the 1960s is the Naam Cafe at 4th and Macdonald, providing vegetarian, the area is known for having the first of certain kinds of restaurants, such as the California-style Topanga Cafe. Three of the first neighbourhood pub licenses in Vancouver are still located on 4th Avenue - Biminis at Maple, Darby D. Dawes at MacDonald, greenpeace - founded in the home of Dorothy Stowe at 2775 Courtney Ave. and Maple, sharing the upstairs office with SPEC. Like all of Vancouver, Kitsilano is located in traditional Coast Salish territory, as of 2011, Kitsilano had 41,375 people, a 1. 95% increase from 2006. 12. 6% of the population is under the age of 19,42. 1% is between 20 and 39,34. 5% is between 40 and 64, and 10. 9% is 65 or older. 76.
0% of Kitsilano residents speak English as a first language and 2. 6% speak French, as of 2006, The median household income was $53,455, and 21. 3% of its population lives in low-income households. Vanier Park is home to the Vancouver International Childrens Festival and Bard on the Beach, the Celebration of Light is held on the waters of English Bay between Vanier Park and the West End. The Khatsahlano Street Party is held on 4th Avenue on a July Saturday, Kitsilano is home to 17 parks, which include six playgrounds, an off-leash dog park, and Kitsilano Beach, one of Vancouvers most popular beaches. Along with the beach itself, Kitsilano Beach Park contains a restaurant, Kitsilano Pool. The Kitsilano Showboat, operating since 1935, is essentially an open-air amphitheatre with the ocean, all summer long, the showboat hosts free performances from local bands, dance groups, and other performers
The Dominion Building is a commercial building in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Located on the edge of Gastown, it was Vancouvers first steel-framed high-rise, at 53 m, the thirteen-storey, Second Empire style building was the tallest commercial building in the British Empire upon its completion in 1910. Its architect was John S. Helyer, who is said to have died after falling off the staircase in the front of the building, the financiers of the structure were the Counts von Alvensleben from Germany, who were active in Vancouvers financial scene at the time. It was generally held at the time that they were a front for the Kaisers money, today it is a provincially designated Class A heritage structure. Owned by Newton Investments Limited, it was restored by restoration expert Read Jones Christofferson, the Dominion Building sits across the street from Victory Square, site of the former provincial courthouse, which was relocated to Georgia Street in 1913. The Dominion Building was at the hub of the financial and legal district until that move.
The backside of the building and Cambie Street was filmed during the scenes of The Neverending Story. It can be seen from Water Street, the Dominion Building, as well as other elements of Victory Square, were filmed for scenes in an abandoned city in Battlestar Galactica. The initial rooftop chase scene from Blade, Trinity was shot at the Dominion building, the 2012 TV show Alcatraz used this as a location in the opening episode, although the program was set in San Francisco, a lot of the location work was done in Vancouver. The Dominion building can be seen in the in the series when a landmine is found in Victory Square. Maintains a writing office in this building, list of tallest and other historical buildings in Vancouver Oakes Weekly Dominion Building restoration Dominon Building
International Buddhist Temple
The International Buddhist Temple is located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. It is a Chinese Buddhist temple run by the International Buddhist Society, while the Society officially practices Mahayana Buddhism, the temple is open to Theravada Buddhist affiliates and visitors, as well as visitors of all religious and cultural backgrounds. In 1979, two Buddhists from Hong Kong donated land and funds to the cause of building an authentic Chinese Buddhist temple in North America, the International Buddhist Society was established in 1981 for this cause by the Venerable Guan Cheng and five other individuals. The International Buddhist Temple officially opened to the public two years, when its Main Hall was completed. Thousands of people, including Richmonds mayor and Member of Parliament, the International Buddhist Society is a non-profit organization and a registered Canadian charity. It sponsors charitable programs both in Canada and abroad, the Venerable Guan Cheng has been the head of the Society and the temples Abbot since 1999.
A student of Buddhism for more than 40 years, he was ordained in 1999 by the Venerable Master Xu Lang, the abbot speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, and has a B. A. and M. B. A. from the University of Toronto. He was one of two delegates for Canada at the First World Buddhist Forum in China and he travels widely to spread Buddhist teachings and perform charity work, and holds frequent lectures and classes. He hosts a show on AM1320 in Vancouver, and Metroshowbiz FM99.7 in Hong Kong. He is a columnist for Hong Kongs Buddhist Compassion Magazine, the temple is the most authentic structure of traditional Chinese palatial style in North America. Its design is based on the Forbidden City in Beijing, the International Buddhist Temple features golden tiles on its two-tiered roof, flared eaves, and two scholars courtyards. Beyond the main courtyard is the classical Chinese garden with ponds, twin gazebos, rock landscapes. One attraction is the flowing Wisdom Fountain at the edge of the pond, worshipers believe that water from the Wisdom Fountain has cleansing properties and other benefits.
There is the Siddhartha Gautama Pool, in which nine white dragons spout water towards the sky and they represent the nine heavenly dragons which bathed Prince Siddhartha Gautama as a newborn. At the centre of the temple is the Main Gracious Hall, beneath its Northern imperial Chinese exterior of gold and red is a Western structural frame of concrete and steel. It houses five great Buddha and Bodhisattva statues, the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni is the largest in North America. The building contains a gift shop, across from the Main Hall in the Worshiping Square is the Seven Buddha Pavilion. Within it are the Four Heavenly Kings and the Avalokitesvara Buddha, or Guan-Yin, with a thousand hands, there are a Thousand Buddha Hall, Ksitigarbha Hall, and Meditation Hall, as well as many smaller shrines on the grounds