Category: Events


Community Plan Open Houses

Mark your calendars for the next set of open houses which will cover the refined community plan draft directions.

Wednesday, June 19, 4-7 pm at Best Western Sands Hotel (1755 Davie)

Saturday, June 22, 1-4 pm at West End Strawberry Festival (Barclay Heritage Square)

Tuesday, June 25, 4-7 pm at Blue Horizon Hotel (1225 Robson)


In April 2012, the City initiated a new Community Planning process for the West End. When completed, the plan will provide long-range guidance on a variety of issues – including housing, transportation, parks and public space, social issues, arts, culture, heritage and more. The new plan will replace the older West End Commercial Policy Plan (1986) and West End Residential Areas Policy Plan (1987).

For information on our planning work to date, upcoming events and opportunities for public involvement, please stay in touch via the following means:

Web & List-serv sign-up:
Twitter: @westendplan
Telephone: 3-1-1


West End All Candidates Debate: April 25

A collective of West End community groups, including WERA, are working together to host an All Candidates Debate for the BC election.

Mark your calendars!

April 25, from 7-9pm at Central Presbyterian Church, 1155 Thurlow.



Celebrate Earth Day in Stanley Park

Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated every year with events across Canada and the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection and action, and now has never been a more important time to get involved.

On Sunday, April 21, Vancouverites can learn more about local ecology and take environmental action by heading over to Stanley Park where Stanley Park Ecology Society is putting on two community events.

A family-friendly interpretative Earth Day walk with a focus on forest ecosystems and their role in creating a healthy planet takes place at 10 am-12 noon. Meet at the Stanley Park Nature House, under the viewing plaza on Lost Lagoon (north end of Alberni Street).  Participation is free.

If you want to get involved in taking hands-on action with other volunteers to conserve Stanley Park’s native biodiversity from alien invasive plant species, meet SPES at the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion at 12:30 pm for a 2 ½ hour outdoor event. For this particular event we ask you to pre-register by Friday, April 19; or 604-718-6547. The event is free and all tools are supplied.   Wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

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SPES Photo Contest

cameraAs part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, and Stanley Park’s 125th, Stanley Park Ecology Society is hosting a photo contest for Vancouverites from April 6 through 14, 2013. Participation is free.

The contest features three categories: nature, places and people. There’s also a special category strictly for youth entries (up to 18 years).

The contest judges are Vancouver-based wildlife photographer, National Geographic Explorer and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Paul Colangelo; Juno-award winner Ben Worcester of Said the Whale; and entrepreneur and award-winning blogger Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss 604).

Details of the photo contest at