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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 […]

Metro Vancouver History: Massey Tunnel

July 15th, 2012 @ 8:34am by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in 1959, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II herself presided over the grand opening ceremony for the Deas Island Tunnel, known today as the George Massey Tunnel. (Left) 1957 – Banner for the tunnel construction. VPL Accession Number: 41357.(Right) 1957 – Aerial view of construction. VPL Accession Number: 41355 The premier [W.A.C. Bennett] […]

Lee Building Centennial

July 11th, 2012 @ 1:29pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s not everyday that an apartment building in Vancouver celebrates 100 years of life so the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association is making sure to mark the occasion of the Lee Building’s Centennial. On Sunday, July 15th, 2012 they’ll host an event at Heritage Hall on Main where past residents, merchants, and anyone who’s passed […]

Surrey History: Charlie’s Tree

July 11th, 2012 @ 9:24am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Driving East along Highway 1 through Surrey you may have spotted what used to be a tree, now covered in ivy, a Canadian flag, and sometimes a sign or two. Ever since I was little, and we would drive out to my grandmother’s house in Langley, we would pass this tree and I wondered — […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Beach Times

July 5th, 2012 @ 2:19pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Weather in Vancouver is always a hot topic, even when it’s dreary and soggy. By now, I’m certain everyone in and around the city has seen the forecast for the next week or so, featuring bright and smiling yellow sunshine icons. The only umbrellas we’ll see around here will be at the beach so to […]

Heritage Vancouver Summer Walking Tours

July 5th, 2012 @ 9:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Heritage Vancouver has recently released their list of summer walking tours with an impressive roster of guides to help you discover more about our city. 1959 – Granville Street. Archives item# CVA 672-1. BC Jennings Photographer. Date: Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 11:00am to 1:00pm Tour: Vancouver’s Granville Street: 1885-2012 Guide: Michael Gordon Where to […]