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Vintage Photos of Sightseeing in Vancouver


Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 — 12:52pm PDT
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Last week was Vancouver Heritage Week, a part of a national campaign with the tourism theme of “Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places”. These days, you can take a float plane, trolley bus, double-decker, bike, or boat to see the sights, and in 2015 alone Vancouver welcomed 805,000 passengers, on 32 cruise ships, making 228 voyages.

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Vancouver has been welcoming visitors to its attractions, parks, and shores since its infancy as a city. Here’s a glimpse at what the tourist and visitor experience has been like over the last century:

Vintage Photos of Sightseeing in Vancouver


1900. Sightseeing car operated by Vancouver Transfer Company in front of the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park. Archives# St Pk P326.


1902-1904. “Tally-ho” a horse-drawn sightseeing wagon on Stanley Park Road. Archives# Trans P22.


1909. An open sightseeing bus outside the Post Office. Archives# Trans P149.11.

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1911: Sightseeing in Stanley Park at Hollow Tree. Archives# St Pk P229.


1920s. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives# CVA 99-5413.


1938. BC Electric Railway Company observation car, “Teddy” Lyons, conductor. Photographer: Harry Bullen. Archives# CVA 677-40.


1950. BC Electric Railway Company observation car. Archives# CVA 447-1652.

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