Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver History: Brockton

September 13th, 2012 @ 11:07am by Rebecca Bollwitt

This Saturday the Voices in the Park concert will take over Brockton fields, near Brockton Oval and Brockton Point in Stanley Park. The Brockton Point lighthouse is one of Vancouver’s most recognizable landmarks and with so many other areas of the park sharing the name, I thought it would be timely to read up on […]

Vancouver Icons: Commodore Lanes

September 7th, 2012 @ 2:21pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver’s Commodore Lanes, Canada’s oldest surviving bowling centre, opened up below Granville Street on September 8, 1930. Since its neon sign has been advertising bowling and billiards in the downtown entertainment district for the last eight decades, I’ve decided it should be this week’s featured Vancouver Icon: 1946 – Theatres and the bowling sign on […]

Archive Photos of the Day: Back to School

September 6th, 2012 @ 10:36am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Pencils are sharp, notebooks are stiff, and iPad applications are downloaded (for educational purposes of course). We’re going back to school with school-themed photos from the Vancouver Archives this week. 1907 – Vancouver High School. Archives# Sch P20.3. & 1920 – David Lloyd George. Archives# CVA 99-1441. 1911 – Opening of the first brick school […]

Vancouver Special House Tour

September 4th, 2012 @ 1:39pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation, known for hosting unique history-filled tours around the city, presents the Vancouver Special House Tour on September 22nd. A 2012 tour home. Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. Learn more about these unique-to-Vancouver houses, their building styles, and see how owners have transformed and modeled these dwellings. What is a […]

Vancouver History: Sam Greer

August 30th, 2012 @ 10:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Kitsilano Beach is formerly known as Greer Beach, named after settler Sam Greer. Samuel Greer (aka “Gritty”) was born in Ireland in 1843 and moved to the States where he fought in the Civil War. After returning to Ireland, the Gold Rush brought him to BC where he was successful with a few claims. 1904 […]

From the CBC Archives

August 28th, 2012 @ 10:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

A boy and girl playing with a chained bear in their front yard in Kitsilano, a horse-drawn taxi rolling down Cordova Street, the Hotel Vancouver on the corner of Granville and Georgia. These are all images that I have featured during my weekly history photo series and have mostly been sourced from the City of […]