- completion of CPR line to Vancouver, 1887;
- Dominion Day, 1888 (and, very likely, many other years);
- visit of Chinese diplomat, Li Hongzhang, 1896;
- visit of Earl of Aberdeen, 1898;
- return of soldiers from Boer War, 1900;
- visit of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (second son of King Edward VII), 1901;
- visit of Duke (Prince Arthur, third son of Queen Victoria and first member of royal family to become Governor General of Canada) and Duchess of Connaught, 1912. This visit sent arch-crazy Vancouver into a veritable tizzy. No fewer than 12 arches were constructed (e.g., Japanese, Chinese, Progress Club, and – not least – the first Lumbermen’s Arch);
- visit of Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), 1919;
- diamond jubilee (60 years) of confederation, 1927;
- golden jubilee (50 years) of Vancouver’s incorporation, 1936;
- visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, 1939.
As far as I know, with the exception of Lumbermen’s Arch, none of these stood much longer than the occasion for which they were erected. The arch-building craze seems to have run its course by the end of WWII. I’m not aware of any arches being erected to welcome home troops for VE or VJ Days.
But arches continue to have a following in contemporary Vancouver and the form can still be found today. Most notable is the Lumbermen’s Arch – first erected at Pender and Hamilton streets for the 1912 visit by the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, then moved to Stanley Park where it remained until it had to be demolished in 1947 due to its deteriorating condition. It was replaced by a more abstract, simpler arch in about 1952; it remains there today. Chinatown’s Millennium Gate (2002), and the Peace Arch (1921) monument at the Canada/US border crossing are two other examples of continuing local affection for the arch form.