Parks, recreation, and culture

Queen Anne style homes on Bute Street

West End Architectural Walk

Route statistics

Distance 2.43 km
Steps 3188 
Elevation change 11 m

 

This walk is perfect for those who want to learn about the interesting architecture in Vancouver. The West End has a significant number of buildings with hertiage desginations including some of the family mansions built in the 1890's and early 1900's. Take a walk along tree lined streets that give the feeling of a quiet residential area in the heart of the city

Route Description

The West End community is one of the oldest residential areas in Vancouver. In the late 1890’s and early 20th century, this was the upscale neighbourhood in Vancouver. Many large family mansions were built then slowly replaced by low rise apartment buildings. Today there is a mix of old mansions, homes and heritage apartments throughout the West End. 

Accessibility

This route travels along city sidewalks with curb ramps, and through green spaces including public gardens and Nelson Park. These areas are all wheelchair accessible.

  • Start the West End walk in the Manhattan apartment courtyard on the northeast corner of Robson St. and Thurlow St.
  • Walk south along Thurlow St. and turn right onto Haro St. Along Haro St you'll find several examples of early architectal style at 1150 and 1230 Haro St.
  • Proceed one block and turn left onto Bute St. At the intersection of Bute St and Haro St you'll find the Beaconsfield Apartments. After one block turn right onto Barclay St.
  • Continue along Barclay St. In the 1300, 1400, and 1500 blocks you'll find several significant buildings including Roedde House, Barclay Manor and Weeks House.
  • At Nicola St turn left. Walking 4 blocks along Nicola St you'll pass a corner store, an art deco rooming house and Fire Hall No. 6. Walk four blocks until you reach Davie St.
  • At the intersection of Davie St and Nicola St you'll find The Gabriola. The original home of the Rogers family. After viewing the old Roger’s Mansion head east along Davie St and take a left on Bute St for one block. 
  • Turn right onto Pendrell St. for four blocks. Along this section you'll find several more examples of Queen Ann Style homes and Georgian Revival apartment buildings. At the corner of Jervis and Pendrell you'll find St Pauls Cathedral.
  • Just before you arrive at Thurlow St. there is a small public garden path that leads between houses to Comox St. Turn left onto this garden path and pass through to Comox St. Turn right on Comox St and proceed to Thurlow St.
  • Turn left and proceed through the Park to the northwest corner to finish the walk On the north west corner of Nelson and Bute St you'll find Rand House.

Points of interest

Manhattan Apartments

Haro Street

Barclay Street

Barclay Manor

900 Nicola Street

1100 Nicola Street

The Rogers family mansion

Thomas Fee House

St Paul's Cathedral

Mole Hill

Dr Peter Centre and Rand House