For a glimpse of what the West End looked like before the apartment blocks arrived, drop by this handsome 1893 Queen Anne–style mansion, now a lovingly preserved museum. Designed by infamous British Columbia architect Francis Rattenbury, the house is packed with antiques and the garden is planted in period style. Admission comes with a guided tour, while Sunday entry includes tour, tea and cookies for just $8.
The abode is the showpiece of Barclay Heritage Sq, a one-block site containing nine historic West End houses dating from 1890 to 1908. If you don a top hat, monocle and waxed mustache, you'll fit right in. Pick up a free map covering the square's history highlights from Roedde House. Check the online events calendar for regular live music concerts here.