Parks, recreation, and culture

Britannia Community Centre

Britannia Community Art

Route statistics

Distance 3.45 km
Steps 4527
Elevation change 28 m

 

This walking tour will not only provide you with the healthy aspect of a walk, but also the enjoyment of taking you through some of the community arts projects in the Grandview Woodlands area. The tour starts and ends at the entrance to the Britannia Community Services Centre.

This area at the foot of Victoria drive was originally referred to as Khupkhahpay’ay, the Squamish word for cedar tree. The Grandview Woodlands area is on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. 

Unceded means that First Nations people did not give up land or legally sign it away to Britain or Canada. Vancouver and 95 percent of BC are on unceded First Nations land. In many parts of Canada, treaties were signed with First Nations that gave incoming settlers rights to much of the land, but in BC very few treaties were signed.  

Want to learn more? Read First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers  (5.4 MB)

 

Route Description

Wind your way along tree-lined residential streets and through one of the most culturally-diverse commercial districts in the city. 

The community installed public art along this route through the 1990s and early 2000s. The art ranges from murals and mosaics to outdoor gathering places. There are also many examples of Indigenous public art. 

Accessibility

This route is made up of city sidewalks and is wheelchair accessible.

  • Your walk starts on the grounds of the Britannia Services Centre, among the buildings and tree lines walks you'll find several pieces of public art
  • Leave the Britannia Services Centre and walk east to Commercial Drive. Turn right and head south on Commercial Drive. As you walk south take in this unique commerical district. At Gravely Street you'll find the next piece of art.
  • Turn left and proceed east on Graveley Street until you get to Victoria Drive. Turn right on Victoria Drive, heading south you'll arrive at the next piece at E 3rd Ave.
  • Continue along Victoria Drive until you reach East 6th Ave.
  • Turn right and proceed west to Woodland Drive.
  • Turn right and head north on Woodland Drive, at East 5th Ave you'll find Engineer this! 
  • Continue along Woodland Drive to Kitchener Street. Turn left on Kitchener Street and proceed west to McLean Drive. 
  • Turn right on McLean Drive and proceed north. At McLean Drive and Charles St you'll find Mosaic Creek Park. 
  • Continue north to William Street and turn right on William Street
  • Proceed east to Woodland Drive and turn left towards the Britannia oval.
  • Turn right and proceed east, making your way through the Britannia site to the Service Centre and your end point.

Points of interest

Britannia Community Centre

Britannia Banners

Norman's Market Mural

Games We've Played

Engineer This!

Mosaic Creek

Vancouver Naturally Ours

Aboriginal Friendship Centre

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Melanie Mark