Archive for the category "history"

Archives Photos of the Day: Pacific Central

November 9th, 2010 @ 9:30am by Rebecca Bollwitt

It was announced yesterday that the Pacific Central train station on Main Street will receive $5 million in federal funding for a ‘facelift’. Photo credit: DutchAstrid on Flickr Opening in 1919, it was the western terminus for the Canadian Northern Railway (now the terminus for VIA Rail) and was one of the first major structures […]

North Vancouver Then and Now

November 8th, 2010 @ 9:15am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Several cities around the region are putting their archive collections online, including thousands of historical photographs – and North Vancouver is no exception. By way of a photo contest, they have enlisted the public’s help in promoting not only the use of their online database, but the history of North Vancouver. The North Vancouver Museum […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Automobiles

November 2nd, 2010 @ 10:15am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Browsing the Vancouver Archives digital collection I sometimes sort my search by category or keyword. The following is a compilation of old-timey images from our city’s past, all having to do with “Automobiles”. Year: 1920 In this photo: Reo Motor Car Agency Limited Vancouver setup at Lumberman’s Arch Photographer: Stuart Thomson Vancouver Archives Item #: […]

Support the Vancouver Archives, Preserve Our History

November 1st, 2010 @ 9:30am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Although Vancouver is young compared to most other North American cities, it has a heritage all of its own. From First Nations culture, to the Great Fire, and the 2010 Olympics, people have recorded, photographed, and preserved this legacy. One of the most important institutions for doing such work is the City of Vancouver Archives. […]

Metro Vancouver History: Maillardville

October 28th, 2010 @ 10:13am by Rebecca Bollwitt

At one time it was the largest pocket of Canadian Francophones west of Manitoba and today, Maillardville is historic cultural community in Coquitlam. Notre Dame de Lourdes, 830 Laval Square In 1891 the District of Coquitlam was incorporated and toward the end of the century, Frank Ross and James McLaren opened Fraser Mills, a $350,000 […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Bridges

October 26th, 2010 @ 1:01pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Today’s collection of archives photos come from museums and archives around Metro Vancouver. One theme throughout the various communities in our region is that they have bridges; crossing the inlet or an arm of the Fraser. Date: 1904 Description: Opening day celebrations on the first Fraser River Bridge (now the Fraser Railway Bridge). New Westminster […]

Surrey Archives Fall Program

October 22nd, 2010 @ 12:01pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Although the City of Surrey’s slogan is “The Future Lives Here” it’s also home to plenty of history. Incorporated seven years before Vancouver, and sitting at about three times the size in terms of area, there’s much that can be learned from looking at Whalley, Cloverdale, Guildford, Fleetwood, Newton and South Surrey. As such, the […]

85 Years of the Lamplighter in Gastown

October 19th, 2010 @ 3:00pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

John “Gassy Jack” Deighton had a saloon in New Westminster but it wasn’t until he headed around to the Burrard Inlet that he left an indelible mark on our city. In 1867 he told mill workers along the harbour that they could have all the whiskey they could drink if they helped him build a […]