15 Photos of Vancouver in 1915

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

There is just over a week left in 2014 and as we look back at the year we just had, and look forward at what might come in 2015 — and we all still await hoverboards as shown Back to the Future‘s version of 2015 — I thought I would time hop back to Vancouver in 1915 to see what life was like 100 years ago.

15 Photos of Vancouver in 1915

In 1915 Vancouver saw the last spike of the Canadian Northern Railway (running from Quebec to Vancouver) driven at Basque, BC, near Ashcroft; the Vancouver Millionaires win the Stanley Cup in the Denman Arena, led by the scoring of Cyclone Taylor; the first Georgia Viaduct opened; the North Shore’s Marine Drive was opened by Premier Richard McBride; former US President Teddy Roosevelt and his wife visited Vancouver; and more. [Source]

English Bay. Archives# CVA 1376-109.

Wooden road and sidewalk in Kerrisdale. Archives# CVA 660-329. John Davidson photo.

Car on the Georgia Viaduct, Sun Tower in the background. Archives# CVA 99-18.

Nelson Street, Downtown Vancouver. Archives# Str P181.2.

Vancouver Rowing Club in Coal Harbour, Denman Arena in the background. Archives# CVA 99-1029.

A parade on Hastings, looking east from Carrall. Archives# CVA 371-1022.

Hastings Street viaduct, BC Sugar Refinery in the distance. Archives# SGN 1125.

29th Vancouver Battalion marching on Pender Street at the C.P.R. crossing. Archives# Mil P98. Stuart Thomson photo.

Passengers boarding a North Vancouver ferry. Archives# SGN 1124.

A sea plane on the water in Coal Harbour. Archives #Air P73.2.

Portion of fire damaged section of Connaught Bridge [Cambie Street Bridge, collapsed in False Creek]. Archives# SGN 996.1.

University Avenue (4th Ave) Diversion. Archives# CVA 371-819.

Residences in the 4100 block of West 12th Ave. Archives# SGN 353.

Touring car at Hollow Tree in Stanley Park. Archives# CVA 677-75.

Capilano Suspension Bridge. Archives# CVA 660-276. John Davidson photo.

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  1. e11worldTuesday, December 23rd, 2014 — 9:49am PST

    Wow. It’s so great to see this and hoping for more in the future. This site is great!

  2. Duane NickullTuesday, December 23rd, 2014 — 9:51am PST

    Thanks for finding these and posting Rebecca! I am very interested in the streetcars. They are in our cities DNA and one day I am hopeful we can restore these to move people rather than build more deprecated Skytrains. Skytrain technology is out of date and makes no sense, OTOH the streetcars seem to work in about 80% of Europe’s cities. Make me wonder.



  3. PARC Retirement LivingTuesday, December 23rd, 2014 — 11:44am PST

    Fantastic! It brings back a lot of memories for some of our residents!

  4. LenaTuesday, December 23rd, 2014 — 2:23pm PST

    Great photos, I love this feature.

  5. MariaWednesday, January 7th, 2015 — 12:04pm PST

    Love the old photos, both to see how the people and the city were in the past.

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