Archive of posts tagged "history"

Archives Photos of the Day: Costumes

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s a happy Halloween in Vancouver as I watch robots, Lego men, Sailor Moon, and plenty of pirates walk by this morning. I thought it would be fun to check out what Vancouverites did for this haunting occasion in the past but I was unable to find many results for “Halloween” during my research but […]

The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Checking in on my favourite website this morning I saw a small announcement at the top of the page: “The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver goes to press! Chuck Davis’s final gift to the people of Greater Vancouver, his History of Metropolitan Vancouver, has been completed and will appear in bookstores November 15, 2011.” […]

The West End’s Historic Legg Residence

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

With another year comes another battle downtown over a historic property that is slated for demolition to make room for a high-rise. This time around it’s the Legg Residence on Harwood that’s on the chopping block. Listed as one of Heritage Vancouver’s Top 10 Endangered Sites for 2011, it’s one of only three West End […]

Archives Photos of the Day: The Bay

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Disclosure: Unpaid, Personal Opinion — I was not paid or offered any compensation for this post. I saw the date of the first store opening on and ran with the theme. Images are courtesy of the Vancouver Archives and the Vancouver Public LibraryPlease review the Policy & Disclosure section for further information.

It was on this day in 1893 that the Hudson’s Bay Company opened a store at the corner of Georgia and Granville streets. 118 years later, the company is still in the same location (albeit in a different building). It’s been a shopping destination, a meeting place, and a gleaming beacon of Canadian pride during […]

On This Day in History: Stanley Park Seawall

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in history, September 21, 1980, the Stanley Park seawall loop was officially completed. To avoid erosion around Stanley Park, work began on the first part of the seawall in 1917 thanks to the vision of W.S. Rawlings and James Cunningham’s initiatives with the Vancouver Park Board. Over the next several decades it […]