April in Vancouver History


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 — 1:44pm PST
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April is one of the most significant months in Vancouver history since it was incorporated on April 6th in 1886. Here are a few more interesting moments in our city’s story that occurred this month, sourced from The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver.

April in Vancouver History

April 2, 1920 The Japanese-Canadian War Memorial, designed by Vancouver architect James Benzie, was installed at Stanley Park. Chuck Davis writes: “It commemorates Japanese-Canadians who fought in World War I. It’s there to this day, a handsome structure surrounded by flowering cherry trees. A Japanese-Canadian entrepreneur, Koichiro Sanmiya, sold war bonds to raise the money for the memorial.”

April 5, 1917 Women were awarded the right to vote in BC (unless they were of Asian or First Nations decent, that would come later in the century).


1886: City Hall and 1st Council. Photograph taken in September, after the City of Vancouver was incorporated on April 6, 1886. Archives# CVA 1477-419.

April 6, 1886 The City of Vancouver was incorporated.

April 7, 1993 The Friends of the City Archives group was founded.

April 11, 1865 The first telegraph message in the area was sent from Moody’s Mill on the North Shore to New Westminster. It was followed, three days later, by the first telegraph message from the ‘outside world’ telling of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

April 13, 1950 The Ridge Theatre opened on Vancouver’s Arbutus Street, it met its demise in the fall of 2013.

April 2, 1977 The Orpheum reopened and became the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. It was bought by the City of Vancouver in 1974 before it could be gutted and turned into a multiplex theatre. It was closed in 1975 for a complete renovation and restoration, and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1979.


1946. Archives #CVA 1184-2290. Photographer: Jack Lindsay.

April 2, 1978 The Vancouver Park Board voted to rename Capilano Stadium after Nat Bailey.

April 29, 1875 Mabel Ellen Boultbee was born at Moodyville on the North Shore. She was the first white child born on Burrard Inlet.

April 30, 1792 The HMS Discovery, Captain Vancouver’s ship, entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Sources: Vancouver History. Related Posts: January 1st in Vancouver History, February in Vancouver History, March in Vancouver History, July in Vancouver History, August in Vancouver History, September, October in Vancouver History, November in Vancouver History, December in Vancouver History.

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