Saturday, June 04, 2005

Engine 374 Pavilion - Vancouver's Best Kept Historical Secret

The other day, Yvonne and I explored Yaletown a little. We grabbed some sushi at one of the numerous Japanese restaurants and had an impromptu False Creek picnic.

Wandering around after lunch, we found ourselves at the Roundouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. Yvonne saw the Engine 374 Pavilion and insisted on going in. I resisted a little because I was on a schedule and I know what a time trap the 374 Pavilion can be.

Sure enough, we found ourselves involved in an enthralling conversation with a volunteer. This gentleman is more than an avid Vancouver historian. He is part of Vancouver's history. He can talk endlessly and knowledgeably about the development of Vancouver's roads, transit system, buildings, and bridges. Among other things, I learned that the BC Electric "Inter-Urban" Railway had been taking commuters from Abbotsford to Vancouver as far back as 1910. Too bad we don't still have that train.

Although the pavilion isn't much more than a glorified garage for Canada's first transcontinental locomotive, the people in it know all about the old days. It's absolutely the best place to learn about the history of Vancouver. It's also free. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Vancouver's roots.

Engine 374 Pavilion is located on the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver. Ironically, the new Richmond • Airport • Vancouver Rapid Transit Project (RAV Line) will go right past the pavilion's front door.


Engine 374 Station Society
Suite 1700 - 808 Nelson St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2H2
Tel.: 604-684-6662
Fax: 604-685-8993


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Burnaby council adopted a staff report this week recommending it inform Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon of its "strong opposition" to twinning the bridge, pointing out that the plan does not conform to the livable region strategic plan of the Greater Vancouver Regional District.