A new month has arrived with rain, winds, and Halloween preparations. In Vancouver history, October has had some defining moments, some of which have been captured and preserved in the Vancouver Public Library and City of Vancouver Archives, while others live on through the words of Chuck Davis’ History of Metropolitan Vancouver. Here’s a quick roundup of what happened in Vancouver throughout many Octobers past:
October 1, 1940
On this day in history, the Province’s Claude P. Dettloff took the famous Wait For Me, Daddy photograph. It became the most reproduced Canadian picture from World War II.
October 7, 1930
The iconic Marine Building, one of buildings that most identify with Vancouver, opened for tenants.
On October 9, 1970
The Vancouver Canucks played their first regular season NHL game.
October 12, 1894
A party of hikers climbed a North Vancouver mountain and shot a grouse along the way, naming the mountain in its honour.
October 15, 1983
The Vancouver Art Gallery moved into the old courthouse on Georgia Street.
October 16, 1940
Originally called the Peach Arch Highway, King George VI Highway got its new name. Today, it’s King George Boulevard.
October 24, 1968
Grant McConachie Way, the road leading to Vancouver International Airport, opened to traffic.
October 29, 1889
Lord Stanley of Preston was not in town when Stanley Park was officially opened in September of 1888 so when he visited in October of the following year he officially dedicated the park, in his name. A statue depicting this moment was installed in 1960.
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