Bathhouse, English Bay
Few locales have evoked more poetic response than English Bay. In his poem Vancouver (1931), Bliss Carman wrote ‘Where is the trade of Carthage now? / Here is Vancouver on English Bay, / With tomorrow’s light on her brow!”
Haywood Bandstand, 1755 Beach Ave.
Malcolm Lowry was an alcoholic novelist whose relationship to Vancouver – and much else – was uncertain, though there is no doubt that he did his best work here. In Under the Volcano, arguably the most famous novel ever written in British Columbia, he offhandedly refers to Vancouver as a place “where they eat sausage meals from which you expect the Union Jack to appear at any minute.”
Former location, Buddy’s Bar, 1018 Burnaby St.
Born in Chicago in 1941, Stan Persky was easily one of the most significant figures in the rise of British Columbian writing and publishing during the 1970s and 1980s.
Former location, Muckamuck Restaurant, 1724 Davie Street
Helen Potrebenko marked the second anniversary of her participation in a lawful strike at English Bay to earn a contract for SORWUC workers at Davie Street’s Muckamuck restaurant with the publication of Two Years on the Muckamuck Line (1981).