Get ready to embark on a captivating journey through White Rock’s vibrant uptown neighbourhood! It’s time to lace up your walking shoes, put on your explorer’s hat, and join us as we unveil an extraordinary adventure of words, culture, and connection.
As you wander through the charming streets of White Rock, you’ll stumble upon a hidden treasure – poetry from around the world, waiting to inspire your heart and soul. Our poetic journey leads you to three locations: Maccaud Park, Dr. RJ Allan Hogg Rotary Park, and the historic Five Corners district.
What sets this experience apart is the kaleidoscope of languages and voices that will greet you at every turn. From the melodic verses of Dutch to the enchanting tales in Arabic and the rhythmic poetry of Spanish, you’ll be transported to far-flung corners of the world right in the heart of White Rock. It’s a celebration of the rich tapestry of languages that fill our city.
But this isn’t just about discovering poetry; it’s about fostering a deep sense of belonging and connection. The heart of this project is to create a stronger sense of place – a place that resonates with both long-time residents and visitors. These poems bridge the gap between the spaces we call home and the people we meet along the way.
The poems are printed in their original languages and appear alongside the English translations. It’s a harmonious blend of cultures and an invitation to appreciate the world’s beauty through the universal language of poetry.
So, come and join us in our poetic journey through White Rock’s uptown neighbourhood. Connect, embrace, and celebrate the world through the power of words and the magic of diverse voices.
The poems displayed will change every few months, so, don’t miss the chance to be inspired by these ever-evolving verses during your walks around White Rock.
Grab a coffee at one of White Rock’s charming coffee shops (see below for a list of our favourite uptown cafes) and explore on your own, or take advantage of guided walking tours that will be run through the Kent Street Activity Centre. Call 604-541-2199 to inquire about upcoming dates and to pre-register.
Uptown coffee shops perfect for grabbing a to-go coffee before you embark on your poetry adventure:
Bean Around the World (1400 Johnston Raod)
Chez Christophe (1558 Johnston Road)
Grounds & Greens Cafe (1369 Johnston Road)
Islands Cafe (1237 Johnston Road)
Laura’s Coffee Corner (15259 Pacific Avenue)
Mr Chu Tea & Coffee (15216 Pacific Avenue)