In the 1990s dozens of community groups advocated for the preservation of Mole Hill. Their goal was not only to save the heritage buildings but also to enhance the neighbourhood so that Mole Hill should be regarded as a community hub for everyone to enjoy.
Mole Hill Community Housing Society continues to work in partnership with other non-profits to support programs and services which maintain the thriving sense of community at Mole Hill.
The public space at Mole Hill was created to provide views of the heritage landscape from a variety of angles, as well as to give neighbours opportunities for gardening and food production. To meet this objective, Mole Hill Community Gardens were established in 2002.
Our gardens contain 76 plots as well as plentiful common areas with herbs and fruits available to all gardeners. Half of the 74 plots are for residents of Mole Hill and half are for residents of Vancouver’s West End. The garden is organised by four volunteer co-ordinators who attend to gardeners’ needs and maintain the garden waitlist and communications.
Mole Hill Community Gardens enables Mole Hill and West End residents alike to supplement their food supply with home-grown, organic produce and herbs. Gardeners are encouraged to plant bird-and-bee friendly flowers and vegetables using sustainable methods.
The gardens are widely viewed as a “hidden gem” by locals and visitors alike; the gardens and lane are regularly toured by community groups, students and urban planners from around the world.
If you live in the West End and have no access to gardening, you can join our waitlist for a garden plot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mole Gallery is a community gallery located in the Mole Hill block. It has been a hidden treat to residents and visitors since 2018.
The Mole is a pop-up gallery, open every Friday from 1-5pm and features one West End artist each month during spring and summer months.
The gallery is staffed by volunteers who are usually artists from the community.
The Mole Gallery is located at the rear of 1157 Pendrell Street, access from Jepson-Young Lane.
To find out what’s happening at the gallery, follow our Facebook page.
The West End Farmers Market is open at Mole Hill every Saturday from May to October. The market is a partnership with Vancouver Farmers Markets – a registered non-profit society that operates nine weekly neighbourhood farmers markets throughout the city.
The vendors and products are all from BC and include farm, meat, seafood and dairy, prepared food, nursery, craft and food trucks. https://eatlocal.org/
There are three daycare centres incorporated into the Mole Hill Block, all beautifully situated in the heritage properties and with outdoor play areas situated in gated gardens.
Mole Hill YMCA Daycare: https://gv.ymca.ca/Locations/Area-One/Downtown/The-Y-at-Mole-Hill-YMCA
Precious Moments Daycare: Fully licensed family daycare for 3 years and under. Tel: 604-325-1312
Unicorn Parade Daycare: Kids from infant to school age will feel at home learning and
growing in this welcoming and safe daycare. Tel: 604-353-1767
Mole Hill is a hub for community celebrations of all varieties. Each year brings seasonal dinners, cultural events, music concerts, art exhibits, lane sales, political meetings, pride celebrations, children’s parties, garden clean-ups, pot-lucks, barbecues and just about anything else you can think of!
The laneway and gardens at Mole Hill provide several beautiful venues during spring and summer and in less predictable weather, the busy community room is always in use.
Non-profits or community groups can rent our community room for a very low cost. Call the office 604-687-1145 or email email@example.com for details.