Vancouver 125: This Week in History


Monday, January 17th, 2011 — 10:30am PST
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The anniversary celebrations and events for Vancouver’s 125th anniversary will launch tonight in partnership with the PuSh Festival. From now until the end of 2011, the City and various organizations will be hosting events, workshops, exhibits and more to showcase 125 years of Vancouver. My weekly history series will remain but have a “Vancouver 125” focus on specific dates and events. This series is dedicated to the tremendous life and work of Chuck Davis.

January 17
1887: The Hudson’s Bay Co. opened up in Vancouver and sold items such as saws, axes and lanterns that were listed as “necessities of life”. It would have a more permanent location on Granville and Georgia in the 1890s.


1893 – Hudson’s Bay Co., looking North on Granville from Georgia.
Photographers: Bailey Bros. Vancouver Archives Item# Bu P560

January 18
1973: An old brewery on Granville Island was renovated and named the Creekhouse, becoming the first building on the island to be converted from industrial use.

January 19
1934: Prime Minister R.B. Bennett spoke to the Board of Trade at the Hotel Vancouver, saying “Canada is a world example of successful weathering of this depression.”

January 20
1980: The newly renovated Carnegie Building opened its doors as a community centre. Built in 1903, it was Vancouver’s first public library.

January 21
1935: 43 centimetres of snow fell on Vancouver and with gale winds, temperatures dropped to -26C. This caused the roof on the Hastings Park Forum to collapse. The roof was repaired and as the PNE Forum it hosted the PCHL Vancouver Canucks from 1948 to 1969.


1931 – Hastings Park Forum. Photographer: Stuart Thomson.
Vancouver Archives Item# CVA 99-4015

Follow @Vancouver125 on Twitter for news and event updates. My applicable history posts also have the additional tag Vancouver125.

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