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Archive Photos of the Day: Snowy Streets

January 18th, 2013 @ 10:09am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

When the rest of Metro Vancouver is blanketed with centimeters of snow you’ll often find the streets bare or covered in slush downtown. Our snow build-up doesn’t usually compare to other parts of the region but that wasn’t always the case. I found a few frosty photos from the Vancouver Public Library archives that show a very snow-covered downtown Vancouver.


1909 – Granville at Hastings
VPL Accession Number: 7135
Photographer: Philip Timms


1916 – Robson and Thurlow
VPL Accession Number: 8302
Photographer: Philip Timms


1916 – Robson Street
VPL Accession Number: 8301
Photographer: Philip Timms


1916 – Granville Street
VPL Accession Number: 8303
Photographer: Philip Timms


1954 – Pender and Seymour
VPL Accession Number: 82437
Photographer / Studio: Artray


1971 – Robson and Burrard
VPL Accession Number: 9600M
Photographer: W. Roozeboom

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2 comments

  1. Great photos! Thanks for digging these up.

  2. It almost seems unusual in a way to consider how the streets of Vancouver might appear under a blanket of snow, even though the annual occurrence of the white stuff isn’t all that seldom. I especially like the Brill trolleys trudging through the snow in the 1954 photo above. Thanks, B!

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