Mystery Smell at Broadway and Cambie

OK, I’ve lived in Vancouver for just over 3 years and the solution to this puzzle has eluded me since day one.

What causes that burnt toast-like smell around the Broadway and Cambie area? I’ve never investigated it, but every time I’m in the area I think “Where the hell is that smell coming from?” and remind myself to launch an inquiry. I am hoping a Vancouver Metblogs reader might be able to help me out.

If you have any knowledge or a hypothesis about what causes the mystery smell please let us know in the comments.

7 Comments so far

  1. David (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 5:10 pm

    I have no idea of the cause, but I find it’s usually concentrated a block or two east of Cambie.


  2. Dane (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 5:45 pm

    Yeah, I noticed that also. It seems really strong just East of Cambie on 8th Ave. Could there be a business or some kind of manufacturing plant in the area? Coffee Roaster? These are blind guesses, of course.


  3. carl (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 7:56 pm

    It’s the coffee roasting warehouse around 6th and Cambie. Every day they roast their coffee and you can smell it for blocks around. I can’t remember the name of the coffee roaster, but it’s one of the commercial roasters (supplies most of the local restaurants).


  4. Dane (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 8:46 pm

    Seriously?! I’m so stoked to finally know what it is. I can’t believe one of my blind guesses was right. I’m going to go investigate tomorrow and I’ll see if I can figure out the name of the roaster . I’ll make a new post tomorrow with a follow up. Thanks Carl.


  5. (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 4:04 pm

    Very close. Dickson’s Coffee Co., 8th Ave & Yukon.


  6. Dane (unregistered) on December 8th, 2005 @ 4:45 pm

    Ah, beaten by mere minutes. I just discovered that Dickson’s Coffee Co. is, in fact, the source of the aroma after taking a quick jaunt down to the area just now. New post on the main blog coming right now.


  7. patrick (unregistered) on December 19th, 2005 @ 12:59 am

    Yep, it the smell of roasting coffee beans! Actaully there are two coffee roasters in the area… I can’t remember the names, but I’vde been told there is one good one and one bad one.



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