On August 28th artist and historian Michael Kluckner led a group of 30 walkers on a Explore Hippie Kitsilano Tour of the neighborhood with the proceeds benefit Heritage Vancouver. The hippie tour started at West 7th & Vine and ended at West 4th & Vine.
Rob Howatson was along for the tour and wrote about it on the Heritage Vancouver website. You should definitely head over and read the complete account, but here a couple facts that you might find interesting:
- Kitsilano rose from the brush with the arrival of the 4th Avenue streetcar line in 1909.
- A block of West 7th was known as “Chemical Row” because the old houses there in the late 60’s housed a lot of speed and LSD adherents.
- Arbutus and West 4th wasthe ground zero of hippie 4th Avenue. The Russian Community Hall operated as Afterthought, a venue for folk musicians and poetry readings. Sophie’s Cosmic CafÃ©, which in the 60’s was a much less whimsical diner called The Arbutus CafÃ©, sported a sign in the window that read: “we do not serve hippies or beatniks.”
- CPR Engine 374, which now resides in the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown, once stood in the grass next to the Kitsilano tennis courts parking lot and was a popular gathering place for musicians.
Last modified: October 3, 2010