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The Vancouver Learnary Society (VLS) is dedicated to building community, supporting intergenerational learning and generating curiosity. 

The VLS is a registered non-profit society of B.C. Our mission is to offer affordable, multidisciplinary learning and educational opportunities in east Vancouver; to be a social hub for nourishing intergenerational community connection; and to celebrate curiosity. The Vancouver Learnary Society is run by a Board of Directors and two full-time staff members. We also depend on volunteer support to deliver our mandate and engage the community most fully. 

We currently operate The Learnary Shop, as well as organizing occasional learning events across the city. 

The mission of The Learnary Shop is to operate a retail location that sells resources for all learners and nourishes curiosity and community connection through the sale of interactive, intergenerational books, games, D.IY. kits and maker supplies.

We also offer learning opportunities for folks to share what they know and learn from each other, on a variety of topics from repair to knitting to home brewing. Stay tuned for more soon!

The Learnary was first co-created by Helen Hughes and Surya Govender. It has now grown into a non-profit society co-managed by Surya Govender and Sam Mills, and Helen has joined the board. We are all educators, of one kind or another, with a strong streak of curiosity, a love of the creative, and a high tolerance for chaos.

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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 778-802-3544

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5



Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

Store Hours

Monday    10:00 - 4:00

Tuesday    10:00 - 4:00

Wednesday     Closed 

Thursday.    10:00 - 6:00

Friday 10:00 - 6:00

Saturday   11:00 - 5:00

Sunday      11:00 - 5:00

Special Closure Days:

Monday, July 1st


Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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