When it comes to historical months with many newsworthy items of note, it’s hard to follow June. There was the Great Fire, the discovery of coal in Coal Harbour, the founding of the Vancouver Archives, and more that led to the creation of “Vancouver Day” on June 13th. July has typically been a much more stable month, with progress, rebuilding, dedications, openings, and royal visits.
July in Vancouver History
July 1st, 1932 The Burrard Bridge opened
July 1st 1957 The Oak Street Bridge opened
July 8th, 1934 Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park hosted its first performance of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
July 12th, 1979 Granville Island Public Market opened
July 15th, 1959 Queen Elizabeth II herself presided over the opening of the Deas Island Tunnel (Massey Tunnel)
July 22nd, 1955 Construction began on Canada’s first industrial park on Annacis Island
July 26th, 1888 The SS Beaver, the first steamer on the West Coast, ran aground on Prospect Point
July 29th, 1938 Anne Mundigel became the first person to swim from Vancouver to Bowen Island
July 30th, 1967 The Bathtub Races, one of the weirdest races in Canadian history, began an annual tradition in competition between Nanaimo and Vancouver.
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.