Vancouver Websites Years Ago

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

There are many milestones being celebrated in Vancouver this year. We have the 40th anniversary of the Whitecaps, the 25th anniversary of Bard on the Beach, The Arts Club’s 50th anniversary, the 50th anniversary of the Stanley Park Train, and several more. Many of these organizations and businesses have also been online for a long time and I thought it would be fun to hop into the Wayback Machine at to check out what some popular Vancouver websites looked like at least a decade ago.

Vancouver Websites Years Ago

Vancouver Art Gallery in December of 1996 (includes site visitor counter)
Wayback Machine Vancouver Websites in July of 1997 (was the Orca Bay home page)
Wayback Machine Vancouver Websites

UBC in November of 1996 (not pictured here, the Guestbook at the bottom of the page. Remember those?)
Wayback Machine Vancouver Websites

Canada Place in June of 2000 (-5087 days 10 hours and 47 minutes Until Canada Day 2000!)
Wayback Machine Vancouver Websites

Museum of Anthropology in January of 1998
Wayback Machine - MOA

CKNW in May of 1999 (includes helpful instructions to “simply point and click on the buttons at the side or the links at the bottom of this page” to navigate)
Wayback Machine Vancouver Websites

Bard on the Beach in August of 2000 (complete with an animated GIF of a lightning bolt)
Wayback Machine Vancouver Websites

The Arts Club Theatre Company in August of 2000 (with popular Comic Sans font)
Wayback Machine Vancouver Websites

White Spot in March of 2000 (best viewed in Internet Explorer 5)
Wayback Machine Vancouver Websites

And to be fair, here’s the evolution of Miss604 since 2004:


I salute all of these businesses and entities for not only being online for 10 to 15 years, but for evolving their web presences and keeping up with the times. I look forward to seeing what the future of web design holds for all — and to see if other trends like the animated GIF will make a come back.

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  1. ClaireWednesday, June 4th, 2014 — 8:47pm PDT

    What an interesting voyage through time!! But wait a minute, we’re only talking 14 years, 18 max! Wow!
    Loving the visitor counter 🙂

  2. Security VancouverTuesday, July 8th, 2014 — 12:50am PDT

    Aweosme walk down memory lane! The website that surprised me was the UBC site haha or White spot website. So funny to think how far we have come in so little time. Todd.

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