How the Hippies shaped Vancouver

Via David Drucker [lm]:


I knew Vancouver had it’s own fling with ’60s hippiness, and clearly we’re one of the most left-coast of the lefty cities on the continent even today, but I was completely ignorant of how much the ’60s and in fact a great influx of hippies had on the development of the city. From the fact that we don’t have a big freeway slashing its way through the heart of the city, to the formation of Greenpeace and even Vancouver’s current political believes all can be traced back to the Summer(s) of Love.

David Drucker found the video above on YouTube from Evening Magazine, a Seattle magazine style show, that demonstrates just how much the hippies shaped Vancouver.

It does seem quite jolly in the clip, but my uncle moved to Vancouver from Edmonton during this period of time and after getting further into a developing drug habit vanished forever. So while it turned out alright in for the city, it wasn’t without a few casualties. I also wonder how much of Vancouver current issue with IV drug abuse began to first develop during this period. Having grown up in the interior I know that the solution to most problems with the homeless, or drug users, is to just ship them to Vancouver.

Also I love how the narrator in the video says Kitsilano.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (van_rebecca) on June 30th, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

    Seems like the narrator was pronouncing it as "Khatsahlano" the namesake for what we now call Kitsilano.

  2. castewar on July 1st, 2008 @ 12:02 am

    The XM comedy channel has an interview program called Stand Up Sit Down, which can be downloaded, unedited, through iTunes (the only place I’ve found it, thus far.) One of their earlier interviews (which is still available for downloading) was with Tommy Chong, who talks for a bit about his days in Vancouver (just as the 60s turned 70s.) A good listen.

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