Category Archives: parks

Lads and Strays BENEATH the Platform, Please!

The photo above was made in 1943 on the occasion of (among other things, perhaps) the crowning of the Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.), District 16 “Queen” Viola Balzer from among other contenders for the crown (some of whom, I assume, … Continue reading

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Risky Swinging in the ’20s

This couple appear pretty relaxed, given that they are suspended by a none-too-sturdy-looking cable over what I believe (but cannot prove) is Seymour Creek in North Vancouver. I’m led to conclude that it is probably Seymour Creek mainly from context. There are a … Continue reading

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Lost? Found: Pendrell Street Grounds

This photo shows a ‘park’ in Vancouver’s West End that seems to have been all but forgotten. It was located on Pendrell Street (D.L. 185, Block 70, Lot 31); an empty lot at the time the image was made. It was two … Continue reading

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Two Toots for Terminal City Cycling Club!

These folks are seated near the Stanley Park reservoir which, for many years, supplied water to the city. According to J. S. Matthews’* notes which accompany this image, the two buglers shown in the middle of the shot used their instruments … Continue reading

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Stanley in Winter

This slideshow is a compilation by me of some of the best winter scenes of Stanley Park in the holdings of the City of Vancouver Archives.

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Live Long, and Prosper

  Leonard Nimoy died yesterday, and so I’m re-posting this — one of my earliest Vancouver As it Was posts from almost a year ago — in honour of Nimoy. As I argue at the end of this post, I still think it … Continue reading

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When You’re Smilin’

The Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret was a fixture at 109 East Hastings from the 1950s to the 1980s. Today, the place has been given new life as the SBC Restaurant – a combined indoor skateboarding park/restaurant.

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Remember to Tie Up Your Horse on Georgia

The “empty lot” where the horses are in the image above was then known as the CPR Park. By the 1970s, it would be Pacific Centre. The building across Georgia Street from the horses is Hotel Vancouver #1, where the Toronto … Continue reading

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Former Strathcona Park, Future City Hall

The photo above is a view of what would become within a couple of years the home of Vancouver’s City Hall. The site was known then as “Strathcona Park” (a name now given to a park that is actually within the … 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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Kitsilano Indian Reserve Beach

This image was made shortly after completion of the Burrard Bridge, to the east in background. The bridge behind Burrard Bridge is most likely the former railway trestle bridge crossing false creek (now gone). Behind the trestle is the Granville … Continue reading

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From Rail/Industrial Park to Artificial Turf

This green space on the outskirts of downtown today is known as Andy Livingstone Park. From 1915-1960s, the first Georgia Viaduct would have cut across the southern section of where the park is today. Before the artificial turf of the athletic … Continue reading

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Courthouse Fountain ‘Switcheroo’

These images are of roughly the same view of the north side of the Vancouver Courthouse (as it then was; now, although not for much longer, the Vancouver Art Gallery). The top image is of a drinking fountain on the … Continue reading

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Fearless Loathing?

The look on the face of the girl looking over her shoulder is, in my opinion, priceless. She seems to be looking toward one of the leaders of this (early girl scouts?) group — a male. And it’s plainly not a look of … 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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The End of Brockton Point Heronry: 1927

I am indebted, again, to Robert A. Hood, author of By Shore and Trail in Stanley Park (1929) for the following excerpt from a source which doesn’t seem to be widely available. It is from the June 1920 edition of … Continue reading

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Harding, His Memorial, and the Vulcan Invocation

I have been reading a well-written book by Robert A. Hood entitled By Shore and Trail in Stanley Park. This volume, published in 1929, is a charming and helpful collection of Hood’s poems and vignettes pertaining to the Park. (1) … Continue reading

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