Category Archives: city views

A 1977 View from Harbour Centre

This is a very different view from the comparable one you would see today from atop Vancouver’s Harbour Centre. This image appears to have been made a few months after the building opened in June, 1977. The sprawling downtown Woodward’s department store complex has, of … Continue reading

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Where Was the ‘Overlook’ Subdivision?

This is a crop of a larger image to clearly show the rooftop sign advertising the subdivision being promoted as “Overlook” by Trites Real Estate. Where, I asked myself, was this ca1913 subdivision located? Trites Real Estate was owned and operated … Continue reading

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Coal Harbour and Rowing Club (1889)

In my judgement, this is definitely an image made by S. J. Thompson, although his first initials do not appear on the print (and although it isn’t attributed to SJT by the City of Vancouver Archives). It is technically possible … Continue reading

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The False Creek Stations

The image above shows Union Station (serving trains of the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific Railways) to the left and the Canadian Northern (later Canadian National) Station in the center. The land on which these depots was built had been … Continue reading

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Unusual View of CPR Depot #2

Like many ‘rear views’, this one of the second Vancouver CPR depot is interesting  mainly because this angle is not commonly seen. (For a refresher as to what the front view looked like, see here.) From this angle, we can see: the … Continue reading

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NE Views from FBC: 90 Years Apart

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Varied Skyline Views from Burrard Inlet

Each of these images was made from somewhat different vantage points, but all were made from or across Burrard Inlet. The 1916 WJ Moore panorama photo shows one of the very early skyline images of Vancouver with a skyline – … Continue reading

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Victory Square

The postcard above, probably created during the 1930s, and the image below, made in 2014 by my friend and shooting partner Wes Hiebert, both show the decidedly non-square Victory Square bounded by Cambie Street on the left and Pender near the top … Continue reading

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War Dance and Carnival, 1917

There was a four-day fundraiser called the War Dance and Carnival held May, 1917 on the Cambie Street Grounds and the adjacent ‘old’ Georgia Street Viaduct. The Carnival was sponsored by the B.C. Commercial Travellers’ Association in aid of four charities: the Red Cross Material … Continue reading

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1900 – 4th of 4: Looking North(west)

 This is the last of four Vancouver images made by Albert Langlois in 1900. This one looks to what AL refers to as “north”; what I’d call “northwest”. In any case, it’s another fine photograph of Vancouver as it was … Continue reading

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1900 – 3rd of 4: Looking West

In this Langlois image, his camera lens encompasses a western skyline that is largely lost and forgotten, today.

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1900 – 2nd of 4: Looking South

This is the second in the series of four Vancouver Bird’s Eye Views made by Albert Langlois in the summer of 1900. In this one, his camera is pointing south (I would say “southeast”), looking towards such interesting sites as … Continue reading

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1900: 1st of 4 – Looking East

This is one of four images made by the mysterious but skilled Albert Langlois in July 1900 (Camera Workers claims that Langlois was from Windsor, ON, but it isn’t clear where that information was found; precious little else about him appears to be … Continue reading

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Century of Change

The image above was made in 1913 from the rooftop of the Lee Building (in 1913, just a year old; still standing today) at Broadway and Main. This is a crop made from a panorama view — this part looking … Continue reading

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Skyline: On the Cusp

Within a few years of the approximate date of this image (1983), Vancouver’s downtown skyline along False Creek would change, utterly. A key change driver would be Expo ’86 and all of the building that followed in its wake. A significant part of the construction was happening … Continue reading

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The Hamilton St. Shuffle

If you are familiar with the streets of Yaletown, you will have noticed that, south of Smithe, Hamilton Street makes a slight jog to the east and then becomes Mainland Street. That isn’t the end of Hamilton, however. If you walk … Continue reading

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Pender Street Bowling Alley

There is no photogrpaher’s name attributed to this fine piece of work which I found in the City of Vancouver Archives (Bu N385; annotations mine), taken, probably, in 1911 while the World Tower (later known as the Bekins and, later still, as … Continue reading

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