Vancouver Then and Now Aerial Photos

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Continuing my Then and Now photo series of Vancouver I went on the hunt for aerial images this morning. Funny thing is, after hosting the Olympics in your town “aerials” bring up images of athletes on skis and not views from a plane. It was a pleasant surprise however the following all feature pictures taken from planes around Vancouver and as usual, the “then” photos are courtesy of the City of Vancouver Archives‘ online photo collection.

Vancouver Then and Now Aerial Photos

Stanley Park Entrance
Looking at South toward the city


Photographer: Stuart Thomson, Item #CVA 1123-6


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

Looking North across False Creek from Kitsilano


Major Matthews Collection, Item #Van Sc P10.1


Photo credit: gordonr on Flickr


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

Kitsilano False Creek
Looking North West from Kitsilano to downtown


Photographer: Stuart Thomson, Item #CVA 1123-3


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

English Bay with City


Royal Canadian Air Force, Item #Van Sc P65


Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

I have about a dozen more archive photos I’d love to post but I just can’t seem to find modern day equivalents of them on Flickr. Should you have any aerial shots of the city please feel free to add them to the Miss604 Flickr Group.

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  1. @lakerin250Thursday, March 4th, 2010 — 9:33am PST

    I wonder what those monstrous sized buildings are near the end of the bridge in the first pic. HUGE buildings.

  2. Miss604Thursday, March 4th, 2010 — 9:35am PST

    The one closer to the water on the Coal Harbour side is actually the Denman Arena. It was Canada’s first indoor ice rink for hockey and is where the Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup.

  3. janeThursday, March 4th, 2010 — 9:35am PST

    Miss R…. very nice. I love stuff like this!

  4. JohnThursday, March 4th, 2010 — 1:32pm PST

    I think I know what your next book should be about…these are awesome!

  5. Evan LeesonFriday, March 5th, 2010 — 1:32am PST

    Super cool to compare, Rebecca.

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  7. Mr. Beer N. HockeySunday, March 7th, 2010 — 10:15am PST

    Those old aerial shots of the city got me thinking about whether they were taken from a plane or a balloon. Turns out the first heavier than air flight in B.C. has its centennial on March 25th this month.

  8. jeremy hMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 7:14pm PST

    nice comparisons here! The amount of change over the past 100 years or even 10 years is staggering.
    While I haven’t delved into the world of then and now aerials, I have over 300 then and now street shots I’ve done of Vancouver over the past couple of years that may be of interest:

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