The Perch

A Summertime Patio Project

One of the best parts about Summer in Vancouver (yes, there are many) is enjoying the dry, sunny weather. Iced coffee, the ‘ole PB&J sandwich from home or a food cart treat just tastes better in a quiet, comfy seat where you can watch the world go by.

While there are lots of year-round benches, the DVBIA-led Perch program adds temporary bistro tables and chairs to publicly accessible plazas in the downtown. They’re free and available for anyone to use.

While we came up with the idea, it’s your neighbours – the property owners and managers of the various private plazas – who have invested in the tables & chairs and the time it takes to set up and take down the furniture Monday to Friday from approximately 10am to 3pm.

Watch for buskers, a comic library, an art card and other activations to add more excitement at the Perches. And, expect to see more Perches coming soon!

If you are a Property Manager interested in activating your publicly accessible plaza please email Kaicea Pitts at for more info on how to get started. We’d love to have you join our flock.

Please click on each Perch below for more information.

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