and Walking Tours
With special thanks to Jamie Andrews
can trace all the action from Buddha on the Road #1-4, walk
in the footsteps of Norman, angels, devils and madmen as you
tour scenic downtown Vancouver! Dress as your favourite character
and recreate scenes from the comic! Take me out to lunch!
All hail Albanian chutney!
Issue #1 The dashed line
Follow Norman upon his arrival in Vancouver as he must trace
an unfamiliar path to each the Smash Gallery and the opening
of his old friend and comrade from his punk rock days!
Starting from the Greyhound Station at the Pacific Central
Building at Main St. and Terminal Ave., procede to
the Main St. skytrain station immediately in front of the
Pacific Central Building, purchasing a ticket (which also
serves as your transfer) and boarding the train west bound
towards Waterfront Station. (Keep an eye out for religious
pamphleteers and other loonies.) After passing through Stadium
Station admiring the view, disembark at Granville Station,
exiting from the Granville Mall exit. Immediately in front
of Granville is...
the B.C. Transit bus stop on Granville Mall and Georgia
St., where many of the local bus serves converge. However
tempting other buses may appear, be sure to take a #8 Fraser
bus, northbound, displaying the transfer you purchased from
the skytrain. (Beware of belligerent drunks.) Disembark
the Cambie and Cordova stop. Across Cambie St., on the south
side of Cordova St., beside the James Dean pub, one can
discover the former home of the Smash gallery. If one looks
up to the second floor exterior one can make out the faded
traces of the Smash logo, a leaping Dalmatian named Charlie.
This concludes the transit tour. Go have a beer.
The Walking tour
Issue #1-2 The dotted line
Late at night Norman wanders the wet streets of Vancouver
little suspecting the events that will soon send him on a
wild ride through and above the deserted downtown streets.
Beginning from the Vancouver Police headquarters at 312
Main St., seen in the last two pages of issue #1, (preferably
late at night, do try not to get arrested or mugged) proceed
down Main St. to Water St. and walk west through the historic
tourist magnet of Gastown until Water St. merges with Cordova
St. Ahead you will see...
the Seabus Station, it is in the parking lot beside the
station, overlooking the harbour, that Buddha #2 begins.
In front of the station is the war memorial to railway workers
killed in the first world war, where Norman encounters the
first Tafur. Walk south to Hastings St. and then east to
the corner of Cambie St. where you will discover the former
Jackson's beef house. Here Norman first encounters the angels
Raphael and Gabriel, in the basement of the Dominion Building.
Looking east, across Cambie St., you will find the Money
Mart store and the public phone Norman was using when he
is ambushed by the Tafurs who carry him south up Hamilton
St. and down Dunsmuir St. (while avoiding an early Kingsway
Holy Rosiery Cathedral where Norman has a heart to immaculate
heart with the Virgin Mary, on the left front of the pews.
(This institution is still open for business, so keep in
mind while sightseeing this is a place of worship and please
act accordingly.) To stimulate Norman's flight from the
cathedral, run north on Richards St. while flapping your
arms (watch out for traffic). Follow Norman's flightpath...
to Richards and Pender Streets, where if you look north
west you can see the approximate location of one of Vancouver's
more attractive back alleys, where Norman got his ass kicked
by angels and was rescued by Satan, now a new and ugly convention
centre. This concludes the walking tour. Leap up screaming
The Trade and Convention Centre Not really much of a tour,
seeing as all of issue #3 and the first few pages of #4
take place within the Trade and Convention Centre, but it
is a jolly nice promenade with a good view of the harbour.