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Vancouver History Tidbits: Duke of Connaught’s Visit


Monday, September 17th, 2012 — 11:33am PST
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Tomorrow will mark 100 years since Canada’s Governor General, the Duke of Connaught, visited Vancouver with the Duchess to officiate the naming ceremony of the Connaught Bridge. (Left) 1923 – Archives# CVA 371-283. (Right) 1940 – VPL Accession Number: 7978. The Connaught Bridge replaced a bridge in the same location that was built in 1891. […]

Vancouver History: Brockton


Thursday, September 13th, 2012 — 11:07am PST
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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


Friday, September 7th, 2012 — 2:21pm PST
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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


Thursday, September 6th, 2012 — 10:36am PST
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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


Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 — 1:39pm PST
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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


Thursday, August 30th, 2012 — 10:44am PST
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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 […]