The Arbutus Corridor
The Arbutus Corridor is a unique intact 11 km rail line that
runs from False Creek to the Fraser River. Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) ran
service on this line until 2001.
A jurisdiction dispute between CPR and the City of
Vancouver is currently in the Supreme Court of
Canada over the July 2000 decision by Vancouver City Council passing the Arbutus Corridor
Official Development Plan(ODP). The plan proposes to develop the corridor as a
multi-use transportation and greenway corridor including rail, bicycle, and
A public opinion poll in 2000 found that 79 percent of Vancouver residents wanted to
retain the Arbutus Corridor as a transportation right of way.
Arbutus Corridor looking north from King Edward.
All Aboard the Arbutus Corridor
In 2004, SPEC launched All Aboard the Arbutus Corridor, a
pubic design contest inviting the professional and general community to submit
designs and ideas for the future development of the corridor. We received over
75 submissions and in February 2005 a judging panel selected
the winning entries.
SPEC mounted an exhibit in the Atrium of the Emily Carr
Institute of Art and Design, beginning with an Open House and
Awards Ceremony on March 18th, 2005 which was attended by over 100
View the winner submissions and a selection of other
entries. Gain a unique perspective on the corridor with our link to Aerial
Photography which is not to be missed!
To the best of our knowledge there is no current initiative
by CP Rail to sell the corridor or or put a development option before the City
but they have made a previous proposal for developing the land for housing.
SPEC continues to follow the issue and will campaign to ensure its ongoing use
as a transportation corridor.