Although I’ve been to Los Angeles several times, and briefly next to the Venice Canals, I had never spent much time there. After following one of my favorite Instagram accounts, Tiny Canal Cottage, on Instagram for the last few years, the Venice Canals made a huge jump on my list of to-visits next time I was in L.A. When I planned my quick trip to L.A. recently, and with only one day to myself before my seminar, I planned a full day of canal and beach time for myself, beginning with my morning at the Venice Canals.
The Venice Canal Historic District is a series of manmade canals built over a century ago in 1905 by Abbot Kenney. There are four east-west canals (Linnie Canal, Carroll Canal, Sherman Canal, and Howland Canal) and just two north-south canals: the Grand Canal and Eastern Canal. Through a series of events including hard economic times, disinterest in and filling of the canals, the city of Los Angeles ended up even condemning the area at a certain point before eventually being added to the National Registry of Historic Places and eventually completely redone in the early 90s.