Vancouver Icons: Waterfront Station


Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 — 11:44am PST
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Waterfront Station is a transportation hub in Downtown Vancouver that connects the West Coast Express, Canada Line SkyTrain, Expo Line SkyTrain, SeaBus, and buses outside on Cordova that run all over the city. The current station building was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1914 and is the third station to stand at that location.

Second C.P.R. Station at the foot of Granville:

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1905: Archives# Can P114.3

Third C.P.R. Station with second visible on the left:

3rdCPRWaterfrontStation
1914: Archives# CVA 152-1.080

View of Seymour and Cordova from the Post Office in 1923:

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1923: Archives# Wat N44.4

Vancouver Icons: Waterfront Station

Today, Waterfront Station connects thousands of commuters with point A to point B as well as hosting offices, a restaurant and bar, and a Starbucks that has been around since 1987 – in fact it was the first Starbucks location outside of Seattle. When travellers have time to slow down and take in the scenery, the station’s columns and grand hall make it very photogenic, and worthy of being my Vancouver Icons photo feature today:

At Gas Town
Photo credit: forester401 on Flickr

Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Dennis Tsang on Flickr

Vancouver (West Cordova Street) Station
Photo credit: Hugh Llewelyn on Flickr

Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Alex on Flickr

Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Jamey M. Photography on Flickr

Vancouver Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Phillip Jeffrey on Flickr

Waterfront station . Vancouver
Photo credit:Nick Kenrick on Flickr

Canada Line SkyTrain Waterfront Station
Photo credit: Swire on Flickr

IMG_9848
Photo credit: Dennis Tsang on Flickr

Transit of Light
Photo credit: Asher Isbrucker on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Pacific Central Station, Randall Building Mural, East Van Cross, Robert Burns Statue in Stanley Park, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Flack Block, The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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One comment

  1. Alan says:

    Such a magnificent building, although at first it looks kind of sad when you enter inside and you see all these different establishments in there now, and not just a bustling train station, it is good that it was able to be re-purposed and at the same time still be a transportation hub. It would have been a shame if it had just been demolished sometime after it stopped having its’ original purpose.

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