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Vancouver History Tidbits: 100 Years Ago

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 — 7:00pm PDT
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I’ve ramped up my history series lately including several little tidbits by request, which is always fun to research and scope out. This afternoon I was browsing (the ultimate source for archival facts, tales and anecdotes) and I decided to browse the “1909” section. Here’s a taste of what I found out about our city, 100 years ago.

Dominion Trust Building – Photo credit: SqueakyMarmot on Flickr


  • Did you know the grey squirrels in Vancouver have American ancestors? In 1909, eight pairs were shipped over from New York City and placed in Stanley Park
  • Part of the Sinclair Centre, The Winch Building (757 West Hastings), was built in 1909
  • Completed this year, the Dominion Trust Building (across from Victory Square at Hastings and Cambie) was Vancouver’s first skyscraper
  • Construction started this year on the Hospital for the Mind, later renamed Essondale, now Riverview Hospital
  • The Cecil Hotel opened up on Granville Street
  • In June, the first moving picture theatre in North Vancouver opened at Larson’s Pavilion
  • In May, 9th avenue was renamed Broadway after the famous street in Manhattan, in order to be more appealing to American investors
  • In October, Surrey’s first bank branch opened up – it was a Bank of Montreal
  • Read more at and seriously consider sponsoring an entire year in Chuck Davis’ book. I tried to get my birth year but it was already taken, but I think it would be a fantastic investment.

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