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Vancouver’s Surprising Street Art Murals


“Let’s go down there. There may be some graffiti,” I said to my friend. We turned the corner and entered the alley. Immediately the wafting stench of urine hit our nostrils. “Oh wow, look at these street art murals!” We hit the jackpot off Cordova Street.

Laura and I had discovered the joys of street art in Toronto a few weeks earlier. My travels took me to Vancouver for work and I was exploring the city with a friend – who had long ago become used to my crazy ideas. Going down an alley filled with trash and unpleasant smells wasn’t his idea of a good time. By the end of that alley, I’d totally changed his mind and he had begun to appreciate the public murals of street art in Vancouver.

Whether you call it “street art” or “public murals” or “graffiti” – you can’t deny the talents of the artists and the beauty of the projects. On returning home and researching the Vancouver murals, I learned the city actually operates a program called the Creative Cultural Collaborations Society to document these graffiti murals and have developed several different walking tours (complete with cell phone narration!). If only I’d known about that before I went to Vancouver! I was particularly captivated by the native/Inuit murals.

If you go to Vancouver, put on your good shoes, don’t step in any strange puddles and bring your camera – you’re in for some amazing street art!

Vancouver street art by Cold World Media

Mural installation by Cold World Media in Vancouver off Cordova Street


Blue and white Inuit street art

Inuit graffiti


Woman smoking and looking at Vancouver street art

Woman smoking “medicinal herbs” and enjoying the murals


Multi-colored graffiti tag on brick wall



Purple mountains -- one of the Vancouver street art murals

Mountain Freedom mural


Vancouver street art of woman in a toga

The goddess


Vancouver street art of man smoking

He’s a character


Woman with fruit

Fruits of passion


Vancouver street art featuring women

More mature themes are included


Vancouver street art

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What do you think about Vancouver’s Surprising Street Art Murals?

  1. Cheap Flights Trip August 19, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Amazing and very impressive paintings.. Very beautiful..

  2. Jennifer March 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    I was just in Berlin recently and had a food tour with a guide that was extremely knowledgeable about the street art. There are definitely some incredible street artists out there.

  3. Maria Bermudez November 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    These are great! I can’t believe I missed them on my last trip to Vancouver. Anyway, we are only 2.5 hours away so I’ll make sure to check these out on our next visit. You will find that Montreal has plenty of amazing street art as well.

    I am really loving your blog. If not for your very detailed write-up on Akumal, I wouldn’t have found your site which would have been a shame.

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