Sites of Vancouver's Linguistic & Cultural Diversity

Vancouver's Linguistic and Cultural Diversity from a Contemporary and Historical Perspective

Sites of Vancouver's Linguistic & Cultural Diversity

Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 3V6, Canada

Created By: Faculty of Arts UBC

Tour Information

The beautiful city of Vancouver is a municipality that is exquisitely built in diversity and multiculturalism. Everyday, we are surrounded by innumerous amounts of cultural livelihood and linguistic influence. As we venture about our busy everyday lives, many of these influences go unnoticed. Our hope is that through this tour, you will be able to experience a new sense of appreciation for the linguistic diversity that exists in this city. For some, this may be an immersive experience to re-dive into what you’ve always known but have not had a chance to discover. For others, this may be an educational learning experience where you will be able to replenish your knowledge of Vancouver’s contemporary multicultural identity. As you embark on a journey through the chosen sites, take the time to reflect on them and the land they reside on. While this tour will highlight artistic and cultural significance, it will also reveal critical aspects that require you to contemplate the cost to which these sites have taken to become what they are today. We encourage you to educate yourself and others and to truly engage in all forms of knowledge, whether verbal, oral or written, and to see all the assets that build and strengthen the community. Whether you are walking through Vancouver in-person or virtually, we hope that you will be able to recognize, appreciate, and understand the significance of language as a vessel that binds a city together.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Location: 639 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3 Located in Vancouver’s city centre at 639 Hornby St, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is a space that showcases work from a wide variety of Indigenous artists. It is the only publ... Read more
Location: 601 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1 Waterfront Station, located on Seymour and W. Cordova St. (residing on the land of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Musqueam Peoples) is an elaborately built terminus station and “an eas... Read more
Location: 332 Water St Unit 200, Vancouver, BC V6B1B6 322 Water Street is found within one of Vancouver’s critical districts for art galleries. Gastown is known as a heritage zone that uniquely maintains both trendy tourist destinations a... Read more
Location: 55 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, V6A0A5 What is now known as the Koret Lofts building has quite the historical past. Like a mirror, it reflects the economical journey of Vancouver's past and remained standing to tell the tale t... Read more
Location: 8 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3 The Sam Kee Building, built by Chang Toy in 1913, is a designated Vancouver heritage building and is renowned worldwide for being the “shallowest commercial building” in the world by The Gu... Read more
Location: 578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2 Located in Vancouver’s historic ‘Chinatown’ district at 578 Carrall Street, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden 中山公园 unites dimensions of architecture, ethnobotany, and ... Read more
Location: 555 Columbia St, Vancouver, BC V6A 4H5 The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver (大温哥华中华文化中心) is a multi-faceted facility dedicated to maintaining the livelihood of Chinese culture in Vancouver, BC. Foun... Read more
Location: 400 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1G6 This public park has a rich history acting as a battle ground for the fight against racism, poverty, and oppression of culture and language. The ground that this park now encloses is known to d... Read more


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