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Stanley Park History Walking Tours

May 8th, 2013 @ 7:58am by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s no secret that Stanley Park is our favourite place in Vancouver with its forest trails, seasonal creeks and waterways, wildlife, and the ability to immediately help you escape the city — without going too far. It just so happens that this wonderful place is celebrating a milestone 125th anniversary this year and people like […]

Vancouver Heritage Foundation Bike Tours

May 2nd, 2013 @ 10:24am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is putting a spin on their popular walking tours with guides Maurice Guibord and John Atkin by getting them up on two wheels to offer four new bike tours this summer. Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr Places That Matter Bike Tour Guide: John Atkin Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 1:00pm […]

Archive Photos of the Day: May Day

May 1st, 2013 @ 10:24am by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s the first of May and over the last century Vancouverites have been celebrating May Day by crowning dancing around the Maypole, crowning a May Queen and ringing in springtime. To this day you can catch May Day festivals around the world and a few locally, like May Day Celebrations at Trimble Park in Point […]

Vancouver History: Photographer Stanley Triggs

April 23rd, 2013 @ 10:24am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Browsing the Vancouver Public Library Archives I came across another photographer with an extensive collection of local, historical photos. Stanley Triggs produced portraits, street photography, and captured some downtown Vancouver scenes that I had never come across before. He’s the former curator of the Notman Photographic Archives and was born in Nelson, BC in 1928. […]

Vancouver History: English Bay Pier

April 16th, 2013 @ 10:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Built in 1905, the English Bay Pier helped form our young city’s beachfront. The wooden structure jutted out into the water, near where the Sylvia Hotel (built in 1912) stands today, and was a popular hangout on sunny swimming days and during regattas. 1905 – Archives item# CVA 677-227. Photographer: Philip Timms. 1919 – Copyright […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Under Construction

April 14th, 2013 @ 11:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Everyone loves a good set of “Before and After” photos, even back in the 1910′s and 1920′s when buildings were forming the first downtown Vancouver skyline. This week I’ve picked through the Vancouver Public Library archives to put together a collection of photos of some of the city’s more well-known heritage towers and landmarks when […]

2013 Top 10 Endangered Sites Tour with Heritage Vancouver

April 11th, 2013 @ 4:29pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Since 2001, Heritage Vancouver has published a Top Ten Endangered Sites list bringing attention and awareness to buildings and landmarks around the city that may be threatened. 1923 – St Paul’s Hospital on Burrard. Archives item# Bu N251. From the first list in 2001: “Because of demolition, redevelopment, or neglect threatens so much of our […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Tree Felling Using Springboards

April 9th, 2013 @ 9:10am by Rebecca Bollwitt

This is probably the most specific theme topic I’ve had for my Archives Photos of the Day series however when you’re on the trails of Stanley Park as much as John and me, finding a single image showing “Tree Felling Using Springboards” is pretty fascinating. There is still evidence all over the park – and […]