VHF has produced a number of map guides which explore Vancouver’s diverse historic neighbourhoods. Current guides are available in print from the locations listed below. Many of our older guides are out of print, but work well on tablet computers.
NEW! Historic Kitsilano Map Guide
VHF launched our newest map guide in November of 2014 with writer Amy Adams at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. This guide reveals the changes that have taken place in Kitsilano and offers a glimpse of the people who lived there and shaped the neighbourhood. This particular guide focuses on the Northeast corner of Kitsilano including three Fairview sites related to the former village of Sun’ahk.
We will be presenting various tours throughout the year that touch on themes and stories inspired by the guide. We hope you’ll join us in exploring Historic Kits!
Ki-Chi-Ra-No: A Pre-War Japanese Canadian Community
In Partnership with the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
Saturday May 30th 2015, 10am-12pm
$15 inc tax
In honour of Asian Heritage Month, which is recognized across Canada in May, we invite you to join us for a walking tour of Historic Kitsilano’s pre-war Japanese Canadian community with Research Archivist, Linda Kawamoto Reid, of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.
Kitsilano, or “Ki-Chi-Ra-No” to the locals, was home to the second largest Japanese Canadian community in Vancouver. From 1904-1942 over one thousand people settled here and built housing: kyabins (cabins), storefronts, a church, a Japanese Language School and a public bath. Families ran businesses, worked in the local industry and attended Henry Hudson Elementary.
With the forcible removal or all persons of Japanese descent from the BC Coast in 1942-1949, the community was uprooted and the buildings sold by the federal government. Since there are no structures remaining today to remind us of the Ki-Chi-Ra-No neighbourhood, this walking tour has been created to ensure the stories of the pioneer kunimoto, people from the same prefecture in Japan, are preserved for the future.
*If you have further information or images about the Ki-Chi-Ra-No Japanese Canadian community or other communities living in Kitsilano and Fairview in the pre-war and post-war periods, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org