“Marpole is the Gateway to Vancouver for thousands of residents, commuters, visitors and tourists each and every day. The southwestern entrance to the city, as entered from the Arthur Laing Bridge currently encompasses industrial land, some commercial buildings, the Fraser River and a First Nations Midden. It is under whelming in its impact as a city gateway.” — Marpole Business Association

“Casa Mia was built for George Reifel, a liquor magnate and rum runner during the Prohibition era who opened the Commodore Ballroom. The 20,700-square-foot mansion includes a ballroom where Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Count Basie performed.” — Vancouver Courier

How do you see Marpole? Tag your Instagram photos with #marpole. This is our hood!

How do you see Marpole? Tag your Instagram photos with #marpole. This is our hood!

“Vancouver has a last frontier — a neighbourhood pegged by residents, politicians and developers as the city's undiscovered jewel — it would be Marpole.” — Vancouver Sun

Marpole Online Featured Stories

Marpole SafewayMarpole Safeway Redevelopment

Granville at 70th / Safeway Now Open

The new Marpole Safeway opened December 2013! Watch this space for other news on the development. For updates see: marpoleonline.com/safeway

Marine Gateway Marine Gateway

On The Canada Line

Excavation is completed. The North Tower is scheduled for completion November 2014, while the South Tower is scheduled for completion January 2015. Push is on for new riverfront park at the foot of Cambie. For updates see: marpoleonline.com/marinegateway


Marpole Public Art Project

The chART Marpole Public Art project - a partnership between the Marpole BIA and Emily Carr University (ECU), has steadily been transforming Marpole into public art.

For details and updates see: marpoleonline.com/publicartproject

City of Vancouver Marpole Plan

New Plan Unanimously Approved

Vancouver's Marpole neighbourhood has a new community plan after it passed unanimously Apr 2, 2014. [DOWNLOAD]

Marpole Community News Headlines

Vancouver CourierLong-running Metro Theatre looks to the future: Attracting new audiences, diversifying productions key to theatre's survival

APR 14, 2014 — The Metro has never received government funding but these days box office proceeds aren't enough. General manager, Les Erskine fears the Metro is becoming a dinosaur. Comedies are the biggest moneymaker. "It's become a tradition for a lot of people," Erskine said. Metro Theatre mounts seven plays and one panto each year. Its loyal audience is typically aged 60 to 75. "We're trying to change that but that's hard to do without alienating," Erskine said. The theatre elected a new board that includes younger members last fall and has been boosting its visibility via social media. Their play committee has also been considering works that are a little more challenging than its traditional offerings of farces, pantos and Agatha Christie murder mysteries. Private rentals already keep the lights on. A staging of a Chinese opera is also planned. Erskine hopes to help the Metro survive long enough to draw occupants of new condo developments in Marpole. [READ MORE]

John Duncan (l) and general manager Les Erskine have put a lot of hours into keeping Marpole's Metro Theatre running throughout the decades.

Photo Dan Toulgoet

The Vancouver SunNew Marpole community plan unanimously approved

APR 12, 2014 — Vancouver's Marpole neighbourhood has a new community plan after it passed unanimously Apr 2, 2014. The new plan minimizes change to existing single-family areas. Growth will be focused near major streets, transit, shops and services, and townhomes will be built in some single-family areas. The plan encourages a wider variety of housing options, such as townhouses for families with children, and new rental housing. By 2041, there would be 1,085 new social housing units, 835 rental units, and 6,800 market homes. Other improvements include improved pedestrian and cycling routes, improvements to five parks, and three new parks including a 10-acre sanctuary along the Fraser River. There are upgrades to the library, community centre, Marpole Place Neighbourhood House and Marpole Oakridge Family Place, as well 478 new child care spaces. [READ MORE]

An aerial shot from the Granville at 70th

An aerial shot from Granville at 70th towers

Vancouver CourierLongtime Marpole fixture closing

APR 12, 2014 — On the street outside Amy's Loonie-Toonie Town, a dollar store at West 70th Avenue and Granville Street, a pink sign popped up last week: "Clearance Sale, 50 per cent off everything." At the end of this month, Amy's will close for good. The main reason for the closure is no surprise: a year-and-a-half ago, a large competing Dollarama chain store set up a few blocks south on the same street. Owner-operator, John Luk paid a combined monthly rent and city tax of $12,680, which he can no longer afford. Some customers lamented that Amy's departure is just one more sign that the village character of old Marpole is fading away, shoved aside by commercial developments and condo towers. [READ MORE]

Amy’s Loonie-Toonie Town is closing it’s doors

Photo Dan Toulgoet

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic SchoolPrivate elementary school pulls together to help the less fortunate

MAR 26, 2014 — St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, a K-to-7 elementary school located in Marpole, enrolls 180 or so children who have pulled together through various school outreach projects over the course of the school year to help the less fortunate in local and global communities. Last Christmas students brought in over 615 kgs of non-perishable food items to support local community families in need. Students also collect donations such as: deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, bars of soap, combs, men's socks, underwear, gloves, scarves, and toques that are delivered to and distributed by the Catholic Charities Men's Hostel and given to the homeless of the Vancouver Eastside. [READ MORE]

Private elementary school pulls together to help the less fortunate

Vancouver CourierCommunity created at Marpole Place Neighbourhood House weekly dinner

MAR 23, 2014 — It's 4 pm on a Thursday afternoon in Marpole and preparations for the weekly three-course community meal begin. Although the dinner, designed to create social connections, started out years ago as a potluck for seniors, it now attracts a more diverse crowd of between 30 to 40 people. Many seniors still pop in for the made-from-scratch meals and the company, but the event also draws young families, those with mental health concerns, those with intellectual disabilities, as well as the homeless or those at risk of homelessness. The grocery bill is about $150 and the aim is to break even — diners pay $6 per person, volunteers eat for free and vouchers are given to those in need. Leftovers are sold at a discounted price. [READ MORE]

Marpole Street banner by Set Narathipphatthara

Photo: Dan Toulgoet

Vancouver CourierBanners display 'young, fresh' attitude

Street art part of project between Emily Carr and community

MAR 17, 2014 — Street banners depicting a boat on the Fraser River, the Arthur Laing Bridge and an airplane are the latest examples of an innovative project between Vancouver's most famous art school and one of the city's most historic neighbourhoods. "We've had many banners in the past 13 years representing our history, including ones showing tugboats on the north arm of the Fraser River," said Claudia Laroye, executive director of the Marpole Business Improvement Association. "And while some people love them, some don't.". [READ MORE]

Marpole Street banner by Set Narathipphatthara

New street banners designed by an Emily Carr student artist reflect a modern snapshot of Marpole along Granville. Photo: Dan Toulgoet

Marpole Business AssociationNew street banners designed by Emily Carr University student artist reflect a modern snapshot of Marpole

MAR 11, 2014 — The Marpole Business Improvement Association (BIA) is delighted to present its latest street banner project, on display along Granville Street in the Marpole community until June. The winning design was created by student Set Narathipphatthara, an international Illustration student from Thailand, studying at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. This modern and striking street banner design highlights many of the important physical elements that are part of our community - the Arthur Laing Bridge, north arm of the Fraser River, and airport traffic from YVR. [READ MORE]

Marpole Street banner by Set Narathipphatthara

Marine GatewayDon Larson lobbying for a riverfront park near foot of Cambie

FEB 17, 2014 — Don Larson is advocating building a new park at the foot of Cambie Street. The population density is increasing in the Marpole area, particularly at Cambie Street and South West Marine Drive where 6 new towers are being built. Marpole is under parked and Don says that new residents will need passive parks and walkways along the river to preserve their sanity. Don Larson says that the money should come from CAC's (Community Amenity Contributions) and money that Translink sets aside for parks in the area.

Marpole Business Association Chinese Lion Tour of Marpole

Gung Hay Fat Choy

Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Horse with the sixth annual Chinese Lion Tour of Marpole on Thu Feb 6, 2014 at 11am along Granville. [DETAILS] [POSTER]

Marpole Business AssociationChinese Lion Tour of Marpole

JAN 30, 2014 — The Marpole Business Association is very pleased to present the sixth annual Chinese Lion Dance Tour of Marpole. This event will be held in celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Horse on Thursday, February 6th, beginning at 11 AM on Granville Street between 63rd & 71st Avenues. [READ MORE]


Chinese Lion Tour of Marpole

Christmas in Marpole VillageSuccessful Annual Marpole Cares campaign - Thank You!

JAN 30, 2014 — The Fifth Annual Marpole Cares Campaign was a huge success, thanks to our members support and the community's generosity. Two vanloads of food, toys and other goods were collected and delivered to the temporary offices of the Marpole Oakridge Family Place for packaging by the fantastic volunteers of the VOLT program at Langara College. Hampers were delivered to 20 local families (helping 75 individuals), by Cornerstone Community Church, just in time for Christmas. [READ MORE]

Fandango Quartet & Santa's Brass Trio in Marpole Village

Christmas in Marpole VillageMusic, Singing and Santa: Christmas in Marpole Village

JAN 30, 2014 —This year's Christmas in Marpole Village event marked another successful holiday season along Granville St. Annual favorites, the caroling Fandango Quartet, were warmly received everywhere they went. This year, they were joined by the Santa's Brass Trio in bringing music to the neighbourhood. [READ MORE]

Fandango Quartet & Santa's Brass Trio in Marpole Village

Christmas in Marpole VillageSpeaking Truth through Theatre: A Christmas Carol in Marpole

JAN 30, 2014 — A musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was held at St. Augustine's in Marpole in December 2013. The script portrayed Scrooge as a landlord and developer in Marpole, evicting families from their homes on Christmas Eve to make way for "affordable housing" and included a quote by Industry Minister James Moore regarding the federal government's role regarding child poverty in Canada. The characters reflected the diversity of the Marpole neighbourhood: young and old, rich and poor and from a variety of backgrounds. The gap between rich and poor, particularly in housing, has been a source of much controversy in Marpole in recent months as the City debates rezoning to allow denser development to take place.

Hal Saunders as Scrooge being haunted by the ghosts of his past

City of VancouverMarpole Plan: Community discussions on the newly revised draft plan

JAN 30, 2014 — During November and December 2013, the City of Vancouver's Marpole planning team hosted a number of events to share the revisions made to the draft Marpole Community Plan, and to give the community opportunities to learn more, ask the planners questions, and share their feedback and concerns. Find out what they heard and view the presentation from the Dialogue Sessions. [PDF]

Marpole Plan

Marpole Place Neighbourhood House Marpole Place Neighbourhood House flooded; temporary new location announced

JAN 15, 2014 — Marpole Place experienced a significant flood in December and continues to be closed for repairs. A pipe burst and leaked water from the 3rd to the 2nd to the 1st floor. They report that they now have a new temporary location to house their office and continue providing community programs. The temporary location is St. Augustine's Marpole located at 8680 Hudson Street in Vancouver (just down the street from Marpole Place). Many thanks to Reverend Andrew Halladay and the members of St. Augustine's Marpole for their generosity and support! Questions can be emailed to marpoleplace@shaw.ca.

Christmas in Marpole Village Christmas in Marpole Village

Marpole Cares - Toy & Food Drive

JAN 14, 2014 — Santa Claus made a special appearance in Marpole on Saturday, December 21st! There was holiday caroling and music along Granville Street all Saturdays in December. [DETAILS] [CHRISTMAS POSTER] [MARPOLE CARES POSTER]

Metro TheatreCommunity theatre collecting for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank

DEC 23, 2013 — Metro Theatre is holding a food drive for the duration of its pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. Local firefighters came by Friday evening to make a mid-drive pick-up. Much to the delight of the young (and young-at-heart) audience members, the pantomime cast members interacted with the four firefighters from Vancouver Fire Hall No. 22. Metro Theatre had donated seats to two performances to kids in the Strathcona neighbourhood, and Friday night was the second of these two performances. Lynch Bus Lines generously offered bus transportation at half-price; and a grant from TELUS paid for the remaining cost. You can drop off non-perishable food items for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank at the theatre until January 4, 2014. [READ MORE]

Firefighters on stage at Metro Theatre

Christmas in Marpole Village

Santa's Brass performs along Granville Street in Marpole

DEC 20, 2013 — New this year for Christmas in Marpole Village is Santa's Brass, a jovial trio playing seasonal tunes. Here is a photo from their performance on Saturday December 14, 2013. They perform again on Saturday December 21, 2013 at businesses along Granville in Marpole.

chART Marpole Public Art "Park-a-Park"

Marpole SafewayMarpole Safeway's Grand Opening

DEC 12, 2013 — Marpole Safeway's grand opening takes place on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:00am and the celebration will continue all weekend and includes a number of specials and gift card giveaways. The opening of the Marpole Safeway marks the first phase of an incredible redevelopment for this vibrant community. The arched glulam beams once synonymous with Safeway across the Lower Mainland have been incorporated into the new design acknowledging the visual history of the original Safeway. Consumers can easily identify locally grown, harvested and processed foods. There are premium, locally grown and Canadian products in every department. 65% of the bakery product has been made from scratch in store. The store includes a private pharmacy consultation area, european style deli; sushi bar; authentic Asian products in every department and every aisle; full service meat department; fresh sustainable seafood products and a Starbucks. Download the Marpole Safeway magazine. [READ MORE]

chART Public Art Marpole

chART Marpole Public Art "Park-a-Park"

DEC 05, 2013 — The chART: public art marpole project continues to showcase new and exciting public art concepts around the neighbourhood. The latest project transformed a disposal bin into a mobile community hub. Complete with umbrellas, plants, tables and benches, the Park-a-Park was 'parked' at Churchill High School, Marpole Place Neighbourhood House, and the Marpole Bank of Montreal branch on Granville St. [READ MORE].

chART Marpole Public Art "Park-a-Park"

Marpole Business Association

Separating food waste from garbage easier than imagined

DEC 05, 2013 — Keeping food waste out of the garbage will become mandatory for all Metro Vancouver residents, businesses and institutions during 2015. Metro Vancouver staff will continue to work with food and restaurant industry representatives and Business Improvement Associations to determine how best to implement regulations to remove food and food waste from the garbage. [READ MORE].

Separating food waste from garbage easier than imagined

Marpole Jobs

The latest local jobs from Craigslist.

Community Developments

Marpole SafewayMarpole Safeway

Granville at 70th Redevelopment Project

Read news and updates.
See: marpoleonline.com/safeway

Milltown Marina and BoatyardMilltown Marina & Boatyard

Fraser River at the foot of Bentley Street

Read news and updates.
See: marpoleonline.com/milltown-marina

Marine GatewayCambie Corridor

@ Marine Drive Station

Read news and updates.
See: marpoleonline.com/marinegateway

Marpole Gateway

Arbutus/Eburne Lands Issue

During the discussions prompted by the TransLink Transit Centre development on the Eburne Lands in 2003, the community encouraged the creation of a process to plan for this important entrance to the City.

Read news and updates.
See: marpoleonline.com/gateway
See also: vancouver.ca/marpoleplan

Community Services

Marpole Oakridge Family PlaceMarpole Place

Family Place / Neighbourhood House

See: marpoleplace.ca

Marpole Curling ClubMarpole Curling Club

"A place to meet, curl, eat and drink"

See: marpolecurling.com

Farmers On 57th

@ George Pearson Centre

See: farmerson57th.wikispaces.com

Metro TheatreMetro Theatre

51st Season

Bell, Book, and Candle (Aug 24-Sep 21)
The Hollow (Sep 28-Oct 26)
Moon Over Buffalo (Nov 2-Nov 30)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Dec 13-Jan 4)
Deathtrap (Jan 11-Feb 8)
What I Did Last Summer (Feb 22-Mar 22)
The Mikado (Apr 5-May 3)
There Goes the Bride (May 17-Jun 14)

See: metrotheatre.org

Marpole Museum & Historical SocietyColbourne House

Marpole Museum and Historical Society

2013 Events: May 25, 2013 - Antique, Collectibles, Plant Sale and Food, local artisans, 10am-2pm; June 23, 2013 - Colbourne House Tours, 1-3pm by donation; July 7, 2013 Strawberry Delight Entertainment (Weather permitting) 2-4pm; August 18, 2013 Colbourne House Tours 1-3pm by donation; September 15, 2013 Colbourne House Tours, 1-3pm by donation;

See: marpolehistorical.ca

Marpole-Oakridge Community CentreMarpole-Oakridge Community Centre

Fitness Centre, Racquet Courts & Recreation Programs

See: marpoleoakridge.org

Kogawa House

Historic Joy Kogawa House

See: kogawahouse.com

Vancouver Public LibraryVancouver Public Library

Marpole Branch

Granville at 67th. See: vpl.ca

Business Services

Marpole BIAMarpole BIA

Marpole Business Association

Being part of a Business Improvement Area (BIA) gives you access to resources and community initiatives to enhance your business. CLSLink has BIA Profiles, links, maps and more...

Find Commercial Real Estate in Marpole Village

See: marpoleonline.com/mba

Marpole BIAMarpole BIA

Tweets by Marpole BIA Member Businesses

Being part of a Business Improvement Area (BIA) gives you access to resources and community initiatives to enhance your business.To have your Marpole BIA member Twitter feed added, please email info@magnetude.com.

chART Public Art MarpolechART Public Art Marpole

A partnership between the Marpole BIA and Emily Carr University transforming Marpole into public art.

See: marpoleonline.com/publicartproject

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