June in Vancouver History

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June has historically been a pretty big month for the city, hence the proclamation of “Vancouver Day” (June 13th) in 1925.

June 13, 1792: Captain George Vancouver explored Burrard Inlet
June 13, 1859: A seam of coal was discovered at Coal Harbour
June 13, 1886: The Great Fire — the entire city burned to the ground.
June 13, 1933: Major J.S. Matthews declared the Vancouver City Archives officially open

Day after the Great Fire, June 1886. Photo by Louis Denison Taylor. Archives item #CVA 1477-416

Here’s what else happened around Vancouver in the month of June in Vancouver history:

June 1, 1967 The first McDonald’s in Canada opened in Richmond.

June 3, 1955 CP Airlines began the first service (over the North Pole) from Vancouver to Amsterdam.

June 8, 1977 Harbour Centre opened, it was the city’s tallest building at the time.

Girl in Wetsuit, Vancouver

June 10, 1972 The Girl in a Wetsuit was unveiled, reclining on a rock off the Stanley Park shoreline.

Port Mann Bridge.

June 12, 1964 The original Port Mann Bridge opened, spanning the Fraser River.

June 13, 1859 Coal was discovered in Burrard Inlet, in the area now known as Coal Harbour.

June 16, 1928 Nat Bailey opened a drive-in barbecue stand on Granville at 67th.

June 19, 1983 Premier Bill Bennett opened BC Place Stadium.

BC Place
1981-1983: Stills from time-lapse by Yaletown Productions. Archives# MI-250 & MI-251.

June 20, 1983 The first local sports event was played at BC Place between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders.

June 28, 1984 Granville Island Brewery opened on Granville Island.

Sources: Vancouver History. Related Posts: January 1st in Vancouver History, February in Vancouver History, March in Vancouver History, May in Vancouver History, July in Vancouver History, August in Vancouver History, September, October in Vancouver History, November in Vancouver History, December in Vancouver History.

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