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What's Behind BC's Doors?

Click through to see more enchanting doors perceived by Tyee readers across the province.

By Jessica Roberts-Farina and Fiona Tinwei Lam, 19 May 2012,

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  • Painted door

    Jason Drury gave the title of "Painted" to this shot of a bright blue door and staircase at Memorial Arena in Kelowna, B.C. A secret entrance to late-night hockey games, perhaps?

  • Door to the forest

    On an early autumn day, Larissa took this shot of a wild door on Vancouver Island. This particular "Door to the Forest" leads to MulBerryLand Guest House, down the path and through the woods in Comox, B.C.

  • Penticton door

    A lonely cello without a player and an arched wooden doorway without a guard evoke the warmth and stillness of a Spanish town in siesta. Andrew // snapped this shot on a cold December day in Penticton, B.C.

  • Door with Jesus face

    Long Pig snapped this shot of a graffiti-stencilled "Jesus" imagined on a storefront's blue door on a quiet November day.

  • Chiesa door

    Sacred Heart Church, "Chiesa del Sacro Cuore," at 525 Campbell Avenue has served the Strathcona community in Vancouver since 1905. Sockeyed captured the wintry shadows cast on the main doorway in February 2011.

  • Powerhouse door

    "The Powerhouse window." Urban and natural decay intertwine in this shot of the brick Powerhouse building on Store Street in Victoria, B.C. By ngawangchodron.

  • Downtown lyrics door

    Why Google the lyrics to Petula Clark's classic "Downtown" ditty when you can find them on a red door on an afternoon stroll in the city? Photo by Clayton Perry Photoworks.

  • Doorway to heaven

    "Doorway To Heaven." The doors to the historic Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kamloops, B.C. shot on a cold, gloomy January day by if we could......

  • Neat Door

    To discover the meaning of "neat," proceed to Kamloops, B.C. and follow the one-way sign to the purple door. You can't miss it. Photo by Jason Drury.

  • Tin fan alley door

    "23 ½. One of many delights in Victoria's Fantan Alley." Photo by *Brightburn*.

  • L'amour door

    Wisdom can be found anywhere you look. A non-descript door in Gastown offers a simple reminder: love is good. Photo by Eric Flexyourhead.

  • Yaletown door

    Amongst Yaletown's chichi boutiques and condos, a rusty metal slice of a doorway serves as a relic of the neighbourhood's industrial warehouse past. Photo by Beaulawrence.

  • Fishy door

    Tucked away on East Hastings just past Boundary, two gold fish brighten a damp corner, swimming in painted stasis around their blue doorway. Photo by knightbefore_99.

  • Nelson gnome door

    A proud tiny homeowner, the "Nelson Gnome" has decorated his doorway with a tasteful arrangement of Christmas wreaths and baubles. PiscesDreamer captured this during the holiday season in Vancouver's West End on Nelson Street.

  • Melville Street door

    "Melville. An ivy-covered doorway is illuminated from within along Melville Street in downtown Vancouver." By agaumont.

  • Halfway there door

    "You're halfway there... now just go past the orange wall, through the red door and up the pink staircase and you will be on your way..." to what, we're not sure! By *Brightburn*.


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[Click through the arrows at the top of this story to see a photo gallery sourced by Tyee readers. All photos from Your BC: The Tyee's Photo Pool.]

What lies behind these fabulous doors from around the province?  

Do they reveal or conceal? 

Beckon or bar?   

A doorway represents a boundary, a point of transition, a potential opening. When we cross a threshold, how different is the world we enter from the one we leave behind?

Here are doors that give us a special glimpse into the vibrant colours and textures that are tucked away in our own hometowns or in places we've yet to visit or fully explore. 

Whether transformed by time or the human hand, each bears the signature of its inhabitants, location and history. Whimsy, elegance and beauty can be found in unexpected places.  [Tyee]

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