South Hill 150th Canada Day Celebration

Canada Day Celebration in South Hill!

When: Saturday, July 1st
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Where: East 47th Avenue at Fraser Street (beside Vancity)

Join us in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with food, cake, music and activities for the whole family! Pick up your garden map and plan to tour the newly planted gardens on Fraser Street between 43rd and 48th avenues. Lots of fun, games and prizes!

Everyone welcome – rain or shine!

Canada 150 at South Hill Poster

Canada 150 Celebration at South Hill Poster for July 1, 2017.

Sponsored by the South Hill Business Association for the community.

Fraser Gardens in Bloom

Fraser Gardens in Bloom

Introducing the
Fraser Gardens in Bloooom Project.

As a special project in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday this year, the South Hill Business Association (SHBA) is leading the beautification of gardens on Fraser Street. The goal of the Fraser Gardens in Bloom project is to inspire and support the love of gardening in our community. With the help of our friends and neighbours, our vision is to transform every public garden plot on Fraser Street from 41st to 50th Avenues into a cacophony of green and colourful flowering blooms lovingly cared for by both expert and novice gardeners alike for years to come. This includes the small utility strip gardens as well as those tended by Green Streets gardeners.

The SHBA is now inviting residents to join in developing your gardening skills and to share your skills with others while giving your talents and time to this energizing neighbourhood plan.

We invite you as an individual but also your church group, your legion, your scout or girl guides group or other community organization to participate in this Fraser Street community project. Together we’ll create attractive spaces to be enjoyed by all who visit and shop the South Hill Business Area. Employees of businesses on Fraser Street are welcome, of course.

Our mandate as the South Hill Business Association is to “improve the environment for people and business” and as a not-for-profit organization, we depend on the goodwill of our neighbours and residents whom we support in turn through public events for the community and of course in offering our shop products and services in the South Hill commercial area.

Fraser Gardens in Bloom

Poster for the Fraser Gardens in Bloom Event on Saturday, May 6th, 2017.

If you’ve ever thought about gardening now is your chance to learn, and to get to know others in a fun atmosphere. Volunteer a little of your time on a monthly basis and we’ll celebrate together our first season accomplishments with a big Canada Day Party on July 1st.

Come out on May 6th for the kick-off Street Party

Join us for the launch of this energizing community project on Saturday, May 6th at 10 a.m. at the South Hill Neighbourhood Centre at 5888 Fraser Street. See the poster above for all the details! Come for fun. Come for community. Come to share your skills. Come to learn. Come to help beautify your local business area. Then celebrate with us on Canada Day when we show the whole community our gardens with a self-guided tour map.

Here’s our SHBA pledge to you:

  • SHBA will coordinate and oversee the Fraser Gardens in Bloom Project;
  • We’ll make it fun and educational, invite horticulturalists and landscape designers/architects to teach us how best to care for our street gardens and invite volunteers to free seminars and workshops;
  • SHBA’s Executive Director commits to tending two of the gardens on her own time, along with fellow volunteers.

Green Streets Program Perks

  • Free compost in spring and fall
  • Notice of plant sales and give-aways
  • Monthly news and tips for street gardening
  • Green Streets Plant Swap event in the spring
  • End of the season Green Streets Garden Party

How individuals & groups can apply to “Fraser Gardens in Bloom” Project & Green Streets Program:

Join us on Saturday, May 6th for a Street Party to kick off all the events taking place under the Fraser Gardens in Bloom Project and register your interest, OR

  1. Visit to learn more about the Green Streets Program and what it means to be a Green Streets gardener. Read the Green Streets Gardening Guidelines.
  2. Phone Green Streets at (604)873-7204 to find out which Fraser Street gardens between 41st and 50th avenues are available near you. (There are lots!) Take on a garden as an individual or a group.
  3. Then, apply online at Once your application is confirmed, take your green thumb to Fraser Street and share your love of gardening with your community!
  4. Email SHBA to be invited to free special events for Fraser Street Volunteer Gardeners where you’ll also meet others like yourself. Drop me an email at [email protected] with your request to be placed on the exclusive mailing list for Fraser Street Gardeners and remember to include your full name. (We never share our list and you can be removed at any time with an emailed request.) We welcome all!

Kindly share this information with all members of your congregation and committees. We look forward to welcoming you alone or with friends and/or your group into the SHBA gardening community.

Please contact me with any questions. Thank you.

Susan Lilholt
Executive Director
E: [email protected]

Keep Vancouver Spectacular -Post Event Recap

On Saturday May 10th from 10-12pm, the South Hill Business Association hosted it`s annual Keep Vancouver Spectacular cleanup event in South Hill. That morning 41 volunteers showed up and braved the rainy, cold weather to make a positive difference in South Hill cleaning up the garbage on Fraser Street. Equipped with their supplies and their determination to clean up the area, they all pitched in to make a positive difference.

Volunteers were treated to refreshments including bottled water from several BIA business members including Rexall and Buy Low Foods, hot chocolate, coffee and Timbits from Tim Horton`s and Samosas from Rokko`s Sareees.

We were impressed and enthusiastic to see so many volunteers show up and contribute to a cleaner neighbourhood and city of Vancouver. Thank you for your help!

On behalf of the South Hill BIA we would like to thank all the volunteers who came out, the city of Vancouver for allowing us the great opportunity to do events like these and for all the help with the delivery of supplies and pickup of garbage  afterwards. We`d also like to thank the sponsors for their contributions to refreshments and prizes to the volunteers.

It was a smashing success despite the rain and we look forward to seeing you all at the next one!

Below are some photos from the event.












2014 South Hill Festival Saturday May 24th!

The 12th annual South Hill Festival is back for the final year and will take place on Saturday May 24th from 12-4 pm. This community event celebrates the South Hill Neighborhood and is fun for the whole family with a variety of different exhibitors, live entertainment, a diverse food fair and networking opportunities with local organizations that showcase the diversity that makes up South Hill. It’s the final year the Festival will be happening and it promises to be fun for everyone attending.

This year’s festival theme is “Food For Thought.”
As we celebrate sustenance that is local, sustainable, healthy and bursting with world flavours, we also want to explore how a flourishing community provides nourishment for the body, mind and soul.

Join us in community art, learn about growing vegetables, shoot a few baskets, climb the 24′ Wall, watch a variety of performers on stage or at street level, check out the BIA foor fair and network with a variety of different local organizations.

As part of the festivities this year the South Hill BIA is hosting a Food Fair on East 47th and Fraser. The Food Fair will feature several BIA member restaurants, each offering a different culinary experience for the public to enjoy.

So far the confirmed food fair participants include Dairy Queen, Magda’s Restaurant, and Pizza Plus.

Musical entertainment include returning band lesismore and their opening act musician Dave Paterson.

You can check out more of their information and samples of their music on their respective websites at and


Bring your family and friends to celebrate with us and Come Explore a World of Choices!