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Archives Photo of the Day: June 28, 2010

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On a whim I’ve decided to start up a new series called, Archives Photo of the Day. I considered posting this to Twitter only until I realized that the links generated by my search queries end up expiring after a few minutes. With people heading on vacation (including us) next month I’m keen on posting […]

Vancouver History: Hastings Mill Store

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The old Hastings Mill store was one of the only buildings in Vancouver at the time to survive the Great Fire of 1886 and it now resides near Jericho Beach in Kitsilano. Photo credit © SqueakyMarmot on Flickr The store carried the staples of the day when it opened in the 1860s; tabacco, pipes, overalls, […]

The Great Vancouver Fire of 1886

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It was 124 years ago last Sunday (June 13th, 1886) that Vancouver was completely destroyed by fire. It began as a controlled fire to clear brush on the land, however it quickly spread out of control. The Great Vancouver Fire of 1886 Vancouver before the Great Fire, Water Street 1886. Archives item #Str P8 The […]

Vancouver Panorama Photography

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There are few places in Vancouver where public can get a panoramic view of the city without heading up one of the North Shore mountains. There’s the Lookout at Harbour Centre (which recently celebrated a birthday), then Cloud 9 restaurant atop the Empire Landmark Hotel. The other vantage points are mostly from private suites. However, […]

Vancouver History: Harbour Centre

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33 years ago today Harbour Centre was officially opened and at 481 feet, it was the tallest building in Vancouver at the time.1 Harbour Centre is the home of The Vancouver Lookout, a revolving restaurant, a mall, various businesses and tech firms, as well as one of SFU‘s downtown campuses. In 1977 it was called […]