Our mission is to offer affordable, multidisciplinary learning and educational opportunities in east Vancouver; to be a social hub for nourishing intergenerational community connection; and to celebrate curiosity. The Vancouver Learnary Society is a registered non-profit society of B.C. run by a Board of Directors and two full-time staff members. We also depend on volunteer support to deliver our mandate and engage the community most fully.
We currently operate a space on East Hastings with both a shop and workshop space. As well, we organize learning events across the city.
In our workshop space, we offer learning opportunities for folks to share what they know and learn from each other, on a variety of topics from repair to knitting to home brewing. In our shop, we sell resources for all learners and nourishes curiosity and community connection through the sale of interactive, intergenerational books, games, D.IY. kits and maker supplies.
The Learnary is co-managed by Surya Govender and Sam Mills; Helen Hughes, who was a conceptual founder, has joined the board. We are all educators, of one kind or another, with a strong streak of curiosity, a love of the creative, and a high tolerance for the unexpected.
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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.
2643 East Hastings
Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.
Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.
The Learnary Storefront is on one level.
The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".
Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”. To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.
Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.