Archive for the category "history"

Archives Photos of the Day: North Shore Ferries

May 11th, 2013 @ 10:29am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tomorrow marks the 113th anniversary of the North Vancouver ferry boat (“North Vancouver No. 1″) beginning its regular service between North Vancouver and the south shore of Burrard Inlet. Scheduled ferry service began in 1893 with the Union Steamship Company and North Vancouver No. 1 started carrying foot passengers to and from each shore on […]

Metro Vancouver History: Mitchell Island

May 8th, 2013 @ 10:58am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Merging onto the Knight Street Bridge, most drivers turn on their signals and merge once more to avoid the Mitchell Island offramp that comes up just after the first span. Most often you’ll find trucks using that exit though, as Mitchell Island has steel and electronics recycling plants, scaffold supply, ready-mix concrete, auto recycling, and […]

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 […]