Heritage Group

April 2020

A sincere “Thank You” to all the Heritage Group members who helped hosting the FWC General Meeting at the beginning of March. There were lots of willing hands to help set up, clean up and put things away, not to mention the delicious goodies that you brought along too.
Our February heritage tour was to the Seaforth Highlanders Armoury. It was a very interesting visit and we learned a lot about the regiment and its history. Members kindly gave a donation to the museum and we received the following letter of thanks from the archivist for our generous donations.
I wanted to let you know that the Heritage Group of the Faculty Women’s Club’s donation on Friday has been used to purchase the First World War Medals, Memorial Plaque (or ‘Death Penny’) and Memorial Cross for Sergeant James Scott Pattullo, who was killed in a raid in the lead up to the Battle
of Vimy Ridge. His name is on our Vimy Cross.
I would like to say thank-you to your membership, and maybe show some photos of the medals they’ve helped bring “home.”
There will be no outing in March. Instead we will have arranged a walking tour in April. John Atkin has kindly offered to walk us along the River District, an emerging neighbourhood on the Fraser River
on the site of the White Pine Sawmill. John will highlight the industrial history, interesting shoreline habitat restoration, and songbird strategies in the area. Lunch will follow at Romer’s, a pub overlooking the Fraser River at the foot of Kerr Street. The date for the walk will be Friday, April 17.
This October will be the 20th Anniversary of the Heritage Group. We thought it would be interesting to hear back from members past and present about their favourite or interesting visits that we have made.
We will email the list of places we visited to current members of the group and, yes, we have on file all the info and photos from every outing from the past twenty years!!
We wish you all a wonderful summer. We will be searching out interesting locations for next year’s program. Looking forward to seeing you in September.

January/February 2020

Our last outing in 2019 was to the Lingyen Mountain Temple in Richmond, a temple run by women Buddhist monks. We had an interesting tour guide who not only showed us around the beautiful buildings but also explained the Buddhist’s philosophy of life. We all learned a lot about their approach to life and perhaps it showed us how we could all be better people. But the interesting part of the tour was the lunch. It was a vegetarian lunch eaten in silence with chanting to be heard in the background. We ate together with other monks as well as members of the Chinese community.
Our first tour in 2020 will be a bus tour of Deltaport. Come and see first hand how Deltaport is the gateway to Canada’s trade with the world. From a busy container depot to huge logistics warehouses to Canada’s largest deep-sea container terminal, you’ll see the sights and hear the sounds of global trade
in action. This as a two-hour tour and will take place on Friday, January 31. Group members will be emailed with the details.
In February we have made arrangements to visit the headquarters of the Seaforth Highlanders, the armouries on Burrard Street, Vancouver. We thought this visit would be very appropriate as this year
marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The building is also a heritage building. The armouries have recently undergone major renovations and it houses a very interesting museum.A tentative date for this tour will be Friday, February 21.
Looking forward to seeing you along on our tours.

December 2019

 Our October outing took us on a guided tour of four of the original bank buildings in downtown Vancouver that were built between 1906 and 1931. They were built on a grand scale and all are so beautiful. In the modern day Segal Centre, which was the original Bank of Montreal, we saw the vaults with their super thick metal doors and intricate lock mechanisms. John Atkin, our tour guide, did an excellent job of telling us about the history of the buildings and also what was going on in BC at the time. I didn’t realize that Vancouver was the main port in that era to transport goods from China via rail across Canada to the east coast and then across to England and Europe. It was known as the Silk Train.

Please note that there is a change of location and date for our November outing. Our next outing will be Friday, November 29. It will be a tour and lunch with the female monks in their Buddhist Temple, the Lingyen Mountain Temple, in Richmond. The building is absolutely beautiful and well worth a visit. They have also invited us to join them for their traditional vegetarian lunch. This is a once in a lifetime experience!

We have rescheduled our tour of Deltaport. It will now take place on Friday, January 31. Please mark the date on your calendar. The tour will show us how shipping containers are handled coming in and out of Canada. It should be very interesting.

We wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and look forward to seeing you in 2020 participating in our heritage adventures.

Click here and scroll down to view photos of some of the groups outings in 2018/2019

September 2019 – November 2019

The heritage group is a very active group and once a month we visit places of interest around the Greater Vancouver area.

So far this fall we have had a Harbour Ferries cruise through Vancouver’s harbor which continued up Indian Arm where we enjoyed the serene wilderness scenery before turning back to Vancouver at Silver Falls. This was a narrated cruise and we learned about the history of the harbor plus what was going on at the present time. A delicious lunch was served on board.

In October we had a guided tour through four beautiful Temple Banks in Vancouver. These buildings were built between 1906 and 1933. We checked out the architecture, viewed their vaults and checked out the complicated mechanism of the vault locks as well as learning about the banks’ history. (see photo)

In November we will visit a Buddhist Temple in Richmond run by women monks. After a tour of the temple we have been invited to join the monks for a traditional lunch. This is a once in a life-time experience! And you have to eat in silence!

In January we will visit Deltaport and learn how shipping containers are handled coming both in and out of Canada.

October 2018- March 2019

The newsletter is going to press as our group heads out on the last tour of the season, a guided tour of the Burnaby Village Heritage Museum. This should be a fun outing as well as an educational experience.

The Heritage Group has had an interesting year visiting several places not usually open to the general public. We started out with a visit to a beautifully maintained heritage home, the Kirkland House in Ladner. The tour was followed by lunch in the riverside restaurant, Sharkey’s Seafood Restaurant.

Then in October we toured HMCS Discovery on Deadman’s Island, the naval base in Stanley Park. The island has had a fascinating history of being a First Nations burial ground, a migrant refuge, and a quarantine station before becoming the naval base of Vancouver. Lunch was at Prospect Point Café where the staff were very efficient and the meal was delicious.

In November we toured the renovated Christ Church Cathedral. It is well worth a second visit and it is also an interesting place to take visitors. A buffet lunch featuring Filipino food followed at the Herbs and Spices Restaurant in Cathedral Place, which is located next door to the cathedral. We had another “behind the scenes” tour in January, this time to Shaughnessy Place to check out an Arthur Erikson style housing complex adjacent to VanDusen Gardens. Truffles Café in VanDusenGardens was our choice of restaurant following the tour.

And in February our guide, John Atkin, had to make a quick change of plans for our tour of the old courtroom because of the ongoing labour problems at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He did an excellent job of pointing out various aspects of the building’s architecture both inside and outside the Art Gallery. Have you ever looked up at the roof of the art gallery from outside in the plaza and noticed the ships at each corner of the roof? The ships symbolize a part of Vancouver’s history. There is a red boat, which is a First Nations long boat, a yellow ship depicting a cargo ship used to carry migrants from China, a black vessel – the Komagata Maru, which was an immigrant ship bringing migrants from India in 1914, and then there is a white sailing ship, Captain Vancouver’s ship. The Gallery Café provided a dry and warm venue for us to relax, warm up and eat lunch.

Our last tour, the March tour, is to Burnaby Village Museum. This will be a walk through history, the village being a replica of the 1920’s era. I’m looking forward to lunch in the Ice Cream Parlour! Do hope that you will all have a good summer. We will be spending time during the summer scouting out more interesting places for you to visit for next year’s Heritage Tours program.

Tour of Navel Base on Deadman’s Island, Stanley Park October 2018

January/February 2019

In January our group started the year with an interesting guided tour of Shaughnessy Place, a luxurious Arthur Erikson-style housing complex. It was a very serene, spacious area with gardens and an outdoor swimming pool. It even had ducks swimming around a lake, which is an extension of the lake from VanDusen Gardens.

This was the first of the “behind the scenes” tours of the year, whereby we visit places not usually open to the general public.

In our second outing this year we looked at one of Vancouver’s hidden treasures and an area not open to the general public. We visited Vancouver’s Old Courthouse, which was located in what is now the Vancouver Art Gallery. John Atkin, our knowledgeable historian, took us on this tour on Friday, February 15th.

For the final tour of the year we will visit Burnaby Village Museum, a reconstructed village built on a ten-acre site in the style of the 1920s. We will have a guided tour of the village and visit the blacksmith’s forge, watch the printer at work in the print shop, see a restored interurban tram as well hear the stories and see demonstrations in the various homes, businesses and shops. Do come and join us for this tour on Friday, March 15th and check it out for a possible summer activity with the grandchildren.