South Vancouver is home to the city’s largest Sikh community and two of Vancouver’s Sikh temples or gurdwaras. The Gurdwara Grind is a Distance Run Club 10.6k loop from Main Street and 32nd Avenue that passes the smaller Khalsa Darbar temple at Prince Edward Street and 61st Avenue on the way south to East Kent Avenue North and the larger Khalsa Diwan temple on Ross Street on the climb back north.
Vancouver’s largest gurdwara, the Sikh Temple on Ross Street was designed in 1968 by Arthur Erickson and George Massey to resemble a lotus flower and opened in 1970.
On your way up Ross Street, you will notice red road signs beneath the regular Ross Street signs. In 2018, the City of Vancouver commemorated the contribution of the Sikh community by designating the section of Ross Street — the part of the route that puts the ‘grind’ in Gurdwara Grind — from the temple at Marine Drive to 57th Avenue as Khalsa Diwan Road. The Khalsa Diwan Road signs were installed in 2019.
Big thanks to our friend Dimitri for suggesting the route.
The Greek Guy’s Gurdwara Grind 10k
* PLEASE NOTE: Kent Avenue South is the more “user-friendly” of the Kent Avenues and is recommended if you are at all skittish about running along an inconsistent, occasionally grassy strip of land right next to oncoming traffic