Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver History: Stanley Park Reservoir

August 9th, 2012 @ 9:39am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The other day I was looking at an old map of Stanley Park from 1907, something I might usually come across in my weekly history research, and I spotted two watering holes on the peninsula. The first being the recognizable Beaver Lake but the other, further northwest and just south of Prospect Point, was unfamiliar. […]

Vancouver History: Percy Williams

July 31st, 2012 @ 11:17am by Rebecca Bollwitt

It has been 84 years since Percy Williams of East Vancouver won two gold medals in track and field at the Amsterdam Olympics — a feat that has never been repeated by a Canadian. 1928 – Archives item# CVA 99-3631 & CVA 99-3638. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. As part of the King Edward High School track […]

Vancouver History: S.S. Beaver

July 26th, 2012 @ 9:05am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in 1888, the S.S. Beaver ran aground at Prospect Point in Stanley Park. The Beaver was the first steamship to operate in the Pacific Northwest and was the first steamship in the Eastern Pacific. 1888 – S.S. Beaver. Archives item#: Bo P354. The Beaver left England, where she was built at Blackwall, […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Parades

July 24th, 2012 @ 7:49am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Coming up with a theme for my weekly photo collection from the Vancouver Archives can be a challenge, especially when I realize that I’ve already published about 70 collections. I’ve featured old timey Beach Scenes, Picnics, Grouse Mountain, Bikes, Ice Cream, Summer Scenes, and Amusements. What left to represent summmer in Vancouver? With Pride Week […]

Vancouver History: Chief August Jack Khatsahlano

July 20th, 2012 @ 10:19am by Rebecca Bollwitt

This Saturday is the Khatsahlano Music + Arts Festival along West 4th Avenue. The namesake of the festival, and the community of Kitsilano, is August Jack Khatsahlano. August Jack became known for working with Vancouver’s early settlers and for recording his peoples’ oral history. August Jack, hereditary Chief Khatsahlano, was the last of forty great […]

Vancouver Then and Now App

July 19th, 2012 @ 11:09am by Rebecca Bollwitt

A few years ago I began a “Before and After” series where I would compare photos from the Vancouver Archives with Google Map locations today. It featured old buildings that were still standing, stores that used to be hotels in Vancouver’s formative years, and glass towers in the place of old theatres. Vancouver is a […]