Aug 2016 26

Vancouver Neighbourhood Photo Essays: Mount Pleasant

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Mount Pleasant has undergone an amazing transformation since the 1990’s, opening new businesses and changing the whole landscape of the community as East becomes the new West. This area is located between Cambie Street to the west and Clark Drive to the east, 2nd Avenue to the north and 16th Avenue and Kingsway to the south. Mount Pleasant is also called SoMa or South Main. SoMa refers directly to the area around Main Street.

1a Olympic Village SquareOlympic Village Square

This neighbourhood is popular with first-time homebuyers, urban professionals and families. You can find nine parks here, making it easy to find a spot to walk the dog, a place to play tennis or soccer, or take your kids to a playground. China Creek North Park has a popular jogging trail and beautiful views of the North Shore Mountains. The site was originally known as Douglas Park, and was purchased in 1911 as an easement for a trunk sewer. Some of the most interesting views in the area can be had from the high point of the park, including the North Shore Mountains and the remaining industrial areas of Southeast False Creek.

13 China Creek North ParkChina Creek North Park
2 Christine
4 Tap and Barrel Olympic VillageTap and Barrel - Olympic Village
3 Sahalli Park perfect for a picnic or viewing the neighborhoodSahalli Park is a perfect place for a picnic 

The name of the Sahalli Park means “high place or ground”, and it comes from the Chinook Jargon, a language that the first Europeans and natives developed to communicate. It was a blend of native language, French and English words. Between 1800s until 1920s, over 80% of Vancouver population spoke this language. The park is a great place to enjoy the view, and it also features a playground and community garden.

9 Heritage Hall originally Postal Station C in 1915Heritage Hall - originally a Postal Station C in 1915

The Heritage Hall at 3101 Main st was built in 1915 as the Postal Station C, being the major north-south connector between “uptown” at Main st and Broadway, and “downtown” at Main and Hastings. It was included in the first list of buildings identified by the City of Vancouver as having historical importance. The space can be currently rented for weddings, parties and events of all kinds.

5 Holy Trinity Ukranian Orthodox Cathedral2The Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Clock at Main Street and Kingsway Street
6 TELUS World of ScienceTELUS World of Science
7 Habitat IslandHabitat Island
8 Street ArtMount Pleasant Street Art
10 Rodney
11 City Hall2aVancouver City Hall
12 Sport JunkiesSport Junkies Storefront
14 China Creek South 2China Creek South
15 Vancouver Mill Machinery 1968Vancouver Mill Machinery, 1968
16 Martinis Restaurant and City HallMartini's Restaurant, Vancouver City Hall
17 Mount Pleasant ParkMount Pleasant Park
18 Mount Pleasant ParkMount Pleasant Park
19 St Patricks Parish2St Patrick's Parish
20 Mark
21 Mexican Street Food"Mexican street food at its finest!"
22 Street ArtMount Pleasant Street Art
23 WaterfrontWaterfront
24 Food TrucksFood Trucks
25 ANZA Australian New Zealand Association is a favourite meeting place for a wide range of communities ANZA (Australian New Zealand Association) is a favourite meeting place for a wide range of communities
26 Kingsgate MallKingsgate Mall
27 Olympic Village Dog ParkOlympic Village Dog Park

Meet The Photographer: Ricardo Vacas

Ricardo VacasRicardo Vacas

Ricardo Vacas, owner of the firm Kerp Photography, always showed intense interest in many forms of creative arts. His professional photography career started in his home country, Spain, where he was the official photographer of several music bands, models and clothing brands. He decided to move to Wellington, New Zealand in 2012, knowing his real interest was fashion photography more than any other field. Currently living in Vancouver, Canada, he now combines his fashion, editorial and commercial photography projects with regular trips to Europe and USA.


One Response to “Vancouver Neighbourhood Photo Essays: Mount Pleasant”

  1. Catherine

    What I like the most is the fact that there is always something new popping up in Mt. Pleasant, so the neighbourhood is constantly changing. Check out also the story of Habitat Island – I find it really fascinating :)

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