A colour photograph that looks north onto Western Front exterior, a large three story heritage building, with green wooden siding, and a false front façade.

Western Front exterior (2023). Photo by Rachel Topham Photography.


Tuesday – Saturday: 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday – Monday: Closed
Free admission

Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The archives are open by appointment to all researchers on Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact our archivist, Anna Tidlund, to plan your visit.

How To Get Here

303 E 8th Ave
Vancouver BC V5T 1S1

Link to map

By bus:

There are many bus stops on Broadway (8, 9, 99), Kingsway (19),and Main Street (3).

By skytrain:

The nearest stations are Main Street–Science World and Broadway–City Hall Station. From either station, Western Front is a 10-minute bus ride or 15-minute walk.

By bicycle:

There are racks for locking bikes in front of Western Front. There is a Mobi by ShawGo docking station on the corner of E 8th Ave and Scotia St.

By car or taxi:

It is possible to drop off passengers at the main entrance of Western Front. There is street parking available on the blocks surrounding Western Front, including free two hour street parking on Scotia St between E 7th and E 8th Ave, as well as around Guelph Park aka Dude Chilling Park. There are several paid parking lots along Kingsway, Broadway, and Main Street. Accessible parking is currently very limited, with the closest options being several blocks away on 10th Ave and Main St.


For first-time visitors to Western Front, it is useful to understand accessibility in our heritage building:

  • You can access a visual story for Western Front here.

  • Our second floor is currently not accessible to wheelchair users. The second floor houses the Grand Luxe Hall, archives, library, guest accommodation, and AV studios. Events in the Grand Luxe Hall are made available for free online via high-quality livestream.

  • The ground floor is wheelchair accessible. The ground floor houses the box office, gallery, EDAM dance studio, and staff offices. Two all gender washrooms are located on this floor, with one being 3.72m² and fitted with a handrail.

  • Our didactic material is available in English, and our events are typically spoken in English unless otherwise noted.

  • Assistance animals are always welcome.

  • As we are in a shared building, we cannot guarantee a scent-free space. However, we aim to provide a scent-reduced space.

  • Unfortunately, we do not have reserved accessible parking in front of our building. Car and taxi drop-offs are possible.

  • Visitors with an Access 2 card or CNIB card are entitled to free admission for a support person to ticketed events. Please contact us to reserve a ticket for your support person at the time of your booking.

  • We can offer American Sign Language interpretation. Please reach out to us two weeks in advance in order for us to secure an interpreter.

  • This website has been developed to conform to the W3C accessibility guidelines for level AA compliance. We have endeavoured to conform to all the presented guidelines in level AA, wherever possible. It is possible to increase (or decrease) the size of all the text on the pages of most websites. You can do this by using the font size controls integrated in your web browser.

If you require a reservation for an access requirement, or you have an access requirement that we have not listed, please get in touch in advance of your visit at info@westernfront.ca or +1 (604) 876 9343. We will make our best endeavours to help you.

If you are interested in supporting Western Front in improving our accessibility, either by sharing your knowledge and experience, or by making a financial contribution, please contact Executive Director Susan Gibb.

COVID-19 Protocols

  • While not mandatory, Western Front highly encourages the use of masks while in the public areas of our building.

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask you to visit another time.

  • Maintain social distance from other visitors.

  • Use the hand sanitizer provided.

  • All current and future special events and activities at Western Front will follow Public Health Office (PHO) orders on gatherings and events.


If you recently visited Western Front, your perspective is vital to understanding what we’ve done well and where we can improve. If you have feedback, please share it at info@westernfront.ca.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.