Vancouver from Above: Tall tales of what goes on in the heights of the city

Vancouver Courier series looks at what happens high above our heads

The Courier has always tried to look at Vancouver from different angles — capturing voices, conveying perspectives and exploring corners of the city for readers to discover.

This week, we’ve decided to examine the city from a different angle, both figuratively and literally: from above.

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As Vancouver continues to expand, much of that growth is upwards — shaping how we live, interact with each other and our surroundings, even how we get rescued in times of emergency.

In fact, there is an entire ecosystem of activity above our heads, from beehives atop the Vancouver Police Department headquarters and eagles that have adapted to city living to highrise window washers and buildings that pierce the skyline.

In this series, you’ll also read about Vancouver’s tallest tree, photogenic seagulls, where you’re most likely to be attacked by a crow, the challenges of operating a drone within city limits and developers’ seemingly insatiable need to build higher and higher.

You can find these stories and more HERE.

And we'll be posting new stories throughout the week.

With so much of our daily lives spent in front of computers, staring down at our phones or looking at the ground as we shuffle about trying to avoid eye contact with each other, take a moment and look up.

We hope you enjoy the view.

Michael Kissinger

City editor


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