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Walking the abandoned railway

  • Nov 9, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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The abandoned track is better known as the Arbutus Corridor and it runs between False Creek and the Fraser River, snaking through Kitsilano, Arbutus, Kerrisdale and Marpole. Although still owned by Canadian Pacific, they ceased service about a decade ago and now it sits abandoned awaiting some official intervention, perhaps some cycle path, housing or even another rail line. One proposition is to revitalize the land into a greenway: a safe, vegetated, foot-powered path connecting distant points within a city or between towns.

In the meantime, the lack of attention has moved the communities to take over. Along the route, we can find community gardens, sitting areas and trails. But we will also come across natural overgrowth, the backs of buildings and graffiti. In any case, walking along the path feels as if removed from the city.

This is another opportunity to experience a space in transition. So let's take a walk, along a small stretch of the Arbutus Corridor, and see if we can find interesting things to photograph in this interstice between city parts, this disregarded space.

Image from restreets.org.

The Walk-about

We'll meet at the south-east corner of Arbutus St and W 16th Ave at 14:00. We'll make introductions, ask questions and then set off northward on the track on a leisurely walk to have some calm fun and photograph. About halfway we'll stop briefly at Delamont Park. Here we can pop in the cute and good Arbutus Coffee (2200 Arbutus Street, corner W 6th Ave) to get a warm cuppa for the road ahead. We'll then follow the track again eastward and when we reach Pins St about we'll head northward again. We'll end the meet at the end of the track at the corner of Fir St and W 1st Ave.

From there I suggest we have a drink in Kitsilano at Romer's (1873 W 4th Ave, between Burrard and Cypress ) where we can have a drink and a small plate, and especially share photos and conversations.

NB: The path is about 2 km in length and normally takes about a half hour to walk without photographic interactions. And it doesn't always look as pretty as the image above.

The Aim

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic photos! I wish I could have joined! ;-)

    November 15, 2013

  • Lauren P.

    Just about to post up some photos as a parallel from Sydney, Australia. I was able to access a working locomotive rail workshop as well as some other old railway paraphernalia. Enjoy!!

    3 · November 12, 2013

    • Lauren P.

      Thanks everyone. The homecoming was great! A lot of fun, very entertaining and somewhat emotional. As far as photos are concerned, I think I will enjoy trying to keep up with figuring out ways to do the same type of walks over here. It will continue to give me a different perspective of this city, plus give you an insight of things that all the tourist brochures wouldn't show you. And Kelly, i'll try not to wake you at 4am with any more of those 'blonde' moments ;) ;)

      2 · November 13, 2013

    • Doris F.

      Awesome...getting to know Sydney! What a great idea, Lauren, and really great shots!!!

      1 · November 13, 2013

  • Jess

    I had a great time! This time I just had chance to say hi a few of you guys hopefully next time I can meet all of you. Thank you!

    November 9, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Hi Jessica, sorry to not have met, but we'll have other fun opportunities for that in the future.

      1 · November 13, 2013

  • Paul D.

    You give me a thought, Lauren, we should encourage people from far away to participate in some way. Perhaps friend of people here and we could all to some vicarious travel with them.

    November 13, 2013

  • kelly

    What a lovely surprise this photo-walk was...I've been to Delamond Park, but never walked the tracks...lots of fun and soooo much fun to photograph it! thanks for organizing the walk and the gathering at Romers after it....

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks, there are interesting photos being posted. But let's keep it to not more than eight. Take the time to look, sort, digest your images and ideas and show us the ones you're particularly impressed with, or unsure of and want to discuss it, or one's where you felt your message is well presented. In any case, tell us something about it or what you wanted to accomplish. Merci!

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks very much.... it was great to discover an area that I had no idea was even there... thanks for the opportunity!

    November 9, 2013

  • Dionysios

    I had a lot of fun to-day folks, and I hope you did as well with this spot of town. Thank you for coming out to play.

    Please, show us your stuff and tell us something about them, even if you don't quite like it, and ask us questions; we'll try to help out. Merci beaucoup et a la prochaine!

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone :) It was nice to meet you !

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • julian

    It was great to discover all the community garden.

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Jess

    Running late...I'll find you on the way to Delamont park

    November 9, 2013

  • kelly

    can anyone suggest a place to park? if i park at the start at 16th, that's a long way to walk back and in the dark....and 32 blocks in total. is there anything perhaps halfway....?

    November 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you then.

      November 9, 2013

    • Rob

      Lots of parking, Peter...

      November 9, 2013

  • Terri

    sorry I've been struggling with a bad cold all week, will have to pass this week.

    November 9, 2013

  • Melissa

    I'm so sorry for the last minute ditch! I am supposed to go to whistler right after the meet-up but due to some disruptions up there we will have to leave now. I'm SO sorry. I'm incredibly sad that I will be missing this great opportunity. Have fun everyone.

    November 9, 2013

  • Irina D.

    I can come for 1 hour only. And then have to do some work

    November 8, 2013

  • Tharaka M.

    SadlyI have to skip this.. my mac broke. . Have to get it repaired..

    November 8, 2013

  • Stephen

    I can't go to this anymore so there is 2 slots up for grabs now.
    Hopefully be able to get to the next one!

    November 8, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Yes indeed, every day is a good day to photograph. I see that there are quite a few people waiting for a spot, but I won't be increasing the attendance size folks. As always, we wish to keep it small and vivid. If your plans change, please remove yourself from the list to give someone else the chance to participate. If you don't show up you will be put on the naughty list. See y'all there.

    November 3, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Bonjour! So it looks like we'll probably have some light rain on Saturday. I hope this is fine and good with y'all because we can take some wonderful shots in the glistening. In any case, the event will go on rain or shine. And of you're plans change, please see comment above. À plus tard!

      November 8, 2013

  • Lea

    Sorry, I'm unable to make it now. Hopefully next time!

    November 7, 2013

  • Shannon L.

    really interesting sounding event but I can't make it. Have fun and I look forward to the photos.

    November 6, 2013

  • John M.

    Scheduling conflict so I have to cancel. Looks from the length of the waiting list my slot should be filled quickly. Have a great day.

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You can walk the entire length of the Arbutus Interurban Railway line from Granville Island to Marpole in one afternoon. It takes about 3 to 5 hours including a coffee shop stop in Kerrisdale. Recommend to try doing it on a nicer day. Lots of interesting things to photograph. Logistically you will need to take public transit so have change for bus fare handy!

    October 30, 2013

    • Carissa

      Every day is a nice day to photograph ;-)

      November 3, 2013

  • Carissa

    Working this Saturday now :-(

    November 3, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Can't make it by 2:00. Have fun!

    October 30, 2013

  • kelly

    How long do you anticipate the walk taking? Sunset is just after 4:30.

    October 30, 2013

    • Doris F.

      I was thinking along the same lines. An earlier start might be a good idea, especially if we end up having one of our grey Vancouver days; we will loose light quickly.

      October 30, 2013

    • Dionysios

      I thought that the stroll would take about two hours. That said, I forgot about the change to standard time. So yes, I'll change the start time to an earlier one.

      October 30, 2013

  • Rome

    Good point Kelly, 3:00 pm seems too late of a start considering available daylight.

    October 30, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Wow...this one filled up fast. I'll wait for an opening.

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, how I would love to take that walk, but I'm not moving to Vancouver until December. Please consider doing it again, sometime next year!

    October 30, 2013

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