From day one the Barge is big news
On the 15th of November 2021, our city of Vancouver was hit by a trifecta of natural forces: high tide, a powerful "atmospheric river", and record-breaking winds that pummeled the coastline.
During the chaos, keen observers in downtown's West End sighted a renegade barge out on the water - and it was being blown toward the city!
The next morning, we headed down to see where the Barge had landed. And we weren't the only ones - curious locals of all kinds had come out to witness the scene.
It was a sight to behold: an 85-meter long behemoth of steel, lodged remarkably high up on the rocks near the seawall.
And with rumours circulating of an imminent re-float, locals and visitors alike gathered to see the unconventional attraction before it was gone. Everyone shared pictures. The Barge became famous.
Taking in the scene, November 2021
Everyone stops for Sunset at the Barge
But in the weeks and months that followed, efforts to move the vessel failed, and the Barge became a familiar presence along the seawall.
Even now, months later, the empty Barge retains its magnetic draw. On sunny Sundays, families gather to take in the scene. On grey mornings, joggers pause to take a breath. The Barge has staying power.
At the end of the day, we're two Vancouver-based brothers who love hanging out by the Barge. But when we heard it was slated for demolition, we were surprised. We hadn't heard any serious public discourse -- either about the impacts of demolition, or about the potential for something greater. So we decided to come forward and start a conversation. This is Operation Life Raft.
Will you help Save the Barge?
Here's how you can voice your support:
1. Sign the Petition here: www.change.org/savethebarge
2. Spread the word.