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Archive of posts tagged "archives"

Vancouver Icons: Vancouver City Hall History

March 10th, 2016 @ 9:43am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver has had a few city hall buildings; the first was a draped tent at the old Granville Townsite (1886) at the foot of Carrall St after the Great Fire. The first real structure was a building on Powell St, followed by a building on Main St just south of the Carnegie Library. The Holden […]

Vintage Photos of Sightseeing in Vancouver

February 23rd, 2016 @ 12:52pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last week was Vancouver Heritage Week, a part of a national campaign with the tourism theme of “Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places”. These days, you can take a float plane, trolley bus, double-decker, bike, or boat to see the sights, and in 2015 alone Vancouver welcomed 805,000 passengers, on 32 cruise ships, making 228 voyages. […]

Vancouver Heritage Week 2016

February 15th, 2016 @ 2:14pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is celebrating Vancouver Heritage Week February 15th to 21st as a part of Heritage Week in BC. Spearheaded by Heritage BC, and kicking off with National Heritage Day celebrated Canada wide, this year the theme is “Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places”. 1911: Sightseeing in Stanley Park at Hollow Tree. Archives# St […]

The History of Lost Lagoon

January 28th, 2016 @ 8:53am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Lost Lagoon, on the edge of the city at the entrance to Stanley Park, is about 100 years old. This captive body of water used to be free-flowing from Coal Harbour, before it was penned in by the Stanley Park Causeway. 1894. Entrance to Stanley Park. Boorne and May Photo. Archives# St Pk P115. How […]

10 Vintage Vancouver Coffee Shop Photos

January 21st, 2016 @ 11:10am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver has always been a coffee city. Nabob was founded in Gastown in 1896, coffee shops paired with news stands and bus stops throughout its history, and we had the first Starbucks outside of the USA. We also had the infamous corner of Starbucks and Starbucks at Thurlow and Robson, until recently. With the rise […]

Maple Tree Square in Gastown

January 20th, 2016 @ 11:09am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Maple Tree Square sits at one of the most photographed, and most historic, intersections in Vancouver where Water, Powell, Alexander, and Carrall streets meet. It dates back to the time when Vancouver was called Granville Townsite, and when John “Gassy Jack” Deighton opened the area’s first saloon in 1867. Deighton had paddled over from New […]