Archive for the category "history"

December in Vancouver History

December 3rd, 2013 @ 9:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

December in Vancouver means holiday shopping at the market, ice skating at Robson Square, light displays and city views from the ski hills. Here’s a quick glimpse of this festive month throughout the last century thanks to Chuck Davis’ History of Metropolitan Vancouver: 1936: City Hall prior to opening. Leonard Frank Photos. Archives# City P19.1 […]

Archive Photos: Santa in Vancouver

November 28th, 2013 @ 10:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

This Sunday Santa Clause will arrive to welcome the holiday season to downtown Vancouver and to help collect donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. I browsed the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives to see if I could spot Santa around town throughout the years. As it turns out, he used to […]

Archive Photos of Skiing at Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour

November 25th, 2013 @ 3:09pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

For decades the North Shore mountains have been a playground for locals and visitors, especially during ski season. Grouse Mountain had one of the first double chairlifts in the world when it was constructed in 1949, Mount Seymour has been enjoyed since 1938, and Mount Strachan & Black Mountain make up the popular Cypress Mountain […]

Archive Photos of Ice Skating in Vancouver

November 20th, 2013 @ 1:34pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Robson Square ice rink is open for a season of free skating fun in downtown Vancouver so it’s definitely time for my annual collection of ice skating photos from the City of Vancouver Archives: 1929: Skating on Lost Lagoon. Archives item#: CVA 99-1975. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. 1929: Archives# CVA 99-1976 & CVA 99-1977. Photographer: […]

Vancouver History: Doreen Reitsma

November 11th, 2013 @ 11:50am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Doreen Reitsma was the first woman from BC to enter Canada’s postwar Navy and although I came across her story in a very roundabout way, I am certainly glad that I found it. I was originally searching the Vancouver Archives for photos of hats — one of my very rare fashion posts sourced from scanned […]

Archive Photos: Cambie Bridge Construction

November 11th, 2013 @ 10:09am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Cambie Bridge as we know it is the third iteration of a crossing in that particular area connecting south east False Creek with the downtown peninsula. The first Cambie Bridge, named after Cambie Street’s namesake Henry John Cambie, was built in 1891. In 1911 it was replaced by the Connaught Bridge, named in honour […]

Archive Photos: Vancouver in the 80s

November 7th, 2013 @ 1:42pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

For my archive photo collections I would normally reach way back into the 1880s, around the time when the City of Vancouver was established, however that’s not the case this week. Thanks to a suggestion from Keira-Anne, the ‘Archive Photos: Vancouver in the 80s’ I’m focusing on will be the 1980s, taking a glimpse at […]

This Month in History: November

November 3rd, 2013 @ 10:04am by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning our clocks fell back an hour and we’ll take a look back at what happened in Vancouver during the month of November over the last century. November 6, 1917: Creating Lost Lagoon, separating it from Coal Harbour. Archives# PAN N54.Click to view full panorama by W.J. Moore. This Month in History Source: The […]