Then vs. Now: Vancouver in Pictures

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Vancouver became a city in 1886 and has changed A LOT in that time. City Hall has come a long way since it’s days as a… tent. And the rest of the city has evolved quite a bit as well. Check out some of your favourite areas in the city and see how they looked ‘back in the day’!

 

Granville St.

Granville has been the entertainment hotspot of the city since black and white photos were a necessity and not just a ‘cool’ filter. I wonder what the go-to after bar treats were back then…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถs - ษขส€แด€ษดแด ษชสŸสŸแด‡ sแด› สŸแดแดแด‹ษชษดษข ษด า“ส€แดแด sแดษชแด›สœแด‡ & ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿน๐Ÿบ - แด„แด€แด˜ษชแด›แดสŸ แด›สœแด‡แด€แด›ส€แด‡ (๐Ÿพ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿถ ษขส€แด€ษดแด ษชสŸสŸแด‡ sแด›) โ € -Credits to: VancouverArchives. โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € #1920s #20sfashion #heritagebc #archivesโ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1930svancouver #roaring20s

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 Robson St.

Did you know Robson St. used to be known as 'Robsonstrasse' for it’s European shops and restaurants?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stanley Park 

One of the most iconic parts of our city, Stanley Park has always provided an accessible escape for Vancouverites. As you can see, modern camera lenses have made capturing it's natural beauty that much easier!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shipwreck of the S.S. Beaver off Prospect Point in Stanley Park Date: 1888 - Photographer/Studio: Bailey Bros.

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๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿน๐Ÿถ’s - แด˜ส€แดsแด˜แด‡แด„แด› แด˜แดษชษดแด› สŸษชษขสœแด›สœแดแดœsแด‡โ € โ € โ € -Credits to: VancouverArchives. Photo by J Fred Spalding โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € #1930 #30sfashion #heritagebc #archivesโ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1930svancouver

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English Bay

The go-to downtown beach has always been a popular destination for Vancouverites to 'catch some rays'.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

โ€‹๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿถs - ส™แด‡แด€แด„สœ แด€แด แด‡ษดแดœแด‡ แด€แด› แดแดส€แด›แดษด sแด›ส€แด‡แด‡แด› แดกษชแด›สœ sสสŸแด ษชแด€ สœแดแด›แด‡สŸ, แดแด„แด‡แด€ษด แด›แดแดกแด‡ส€s, แด‡ษดษขสŸแด‡sแด‡แด€ สŸแดแด…ษขแด‡ แด€ษดแด… แด„แด€ส€sโ € โ € -Credits to: VancouverArchives. Photo by Sheraton Leslie, F AM1517-S1-: 2009-001.106. โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € #1960s #60sfashion #heritagebc #archivesโ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1960 #vintagephotos

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Georgia St.

Who could imagine this much open space on Georgia St.!

 Lions Gate Bridge:

People would trespass onto unbuilt bridges before Instagram photographers were a thing!?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿน๐Ÿพ - สŸษชแดษดs ษขแด€แด›แด‡ ส™ส€ษชแด…ษขแด‡โ € This photo shows the clamping of the strands on one of the two cables at the south end of the bridge. โ € โ € โ € โ € โ € -Credits to: vancouver archivesโ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #1930s #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1930svancouver #lionsgatebridge #history #architecture

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Second Narrows Bridge:

As if it wasn’t challenging enough navigating the ocean in those days, you also had to worry about hitting a bridge!? The original Second Narrows bridge was built in 1925 and was hit countless times by ships before finally being re-done in 1933.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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PNE

Seeing how long the PNE has been a staple of Vancouver’s summer makes it even sadder that it will not be open this year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿฟ - สœแด€แด˜แด˜สสŸแด€ษดแด… โ € Happyland ran from around 1926 - 1957. In 1929 they were designated an entrance gate (photographed here) until it was torn down to make way for the Pacific Colosseum. The Pacific National Exhibition also then decided to open Playland. โ € โ € (blue is where Happyland was and red is where Playland now resides) -Credits to: VancouverArchives & Happyland (vancouvertraces) โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #1930s #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1930svancouver #1920s #history #playland #20s #amusementpark #archives

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๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿถ - แด˜ษดแด‡ sแด‹ส ษขสŸษชแด…แด‡ส€ แด„สœแด€ษชส€ สŸษชา“แด› โ € โ € -โ € Credits to: VancouverArchivesโ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #1970s #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1970svancouver #70s #70sphotography #heritage

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Seabus

The Seabus has stayed true to it's roots, but should we bring back the flags?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chinatown

1960’s Chinatown looks like the place to be!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Main St.

Main St. before it was ‘mainstream’.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿท - แดแด€ษชษด & สœแด€sแด›ษชษดษขs โ € โ € -Credits to: VancouverArchives. Photo by Roger Cameron Greig #2011-068.10โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € #1960s #60sfashion #heritagebc #archivesโ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1960svancouver #oldphotos

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Granville St. Bridge

If only they had done everything they needed to do back then, we wouldn’t still be dealing with these construction delays!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

View of the first Granville Street Bridge Date: 1905 - Photographer/studio: Philip Timms - 66987

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Early construction of the Granville street bridge Circa 1950s - Photogapher: William Cunningham - 39847

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Granville Island 

White tablecloths on the patio?? Fancy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿธ - ษขส€แด€ษดแด ษชสŸสŸแด‡ ษชsสŸแด€ษดแด… ส€แด‡sแด›แด€แดœส€แด€ษดแด› แด˜แด€แด›ษชแดโ € โ € -Credits to: VancouverArchives. COVS511 - - -: CVA 780 - 783โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € #heritagebc #archivesโ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1980s #80sfashion #80svancouver #patio

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Kits Beach

Are they sure this was taken in 1974? It looks like the social distancing ‘faux pas’ picture from a few weeks ago…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Street Celebrations

This party for the Whitecaps 1979 NASL Championship looks epic! 

Whitecaps parade 1979:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Vancouver 2010:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A little more than 10 years ago. #2010olympics #gretzky #crosby #canadagold #2010winterolympics

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Ferries

Let’s be real, our modern day ferries look like something right out of ‘The Jetsons’!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿถ’s - า“แด‡ส€ส€ส แด€ษดแด… sแดแด€สŸสŸ ส™แดแด€แด›โ € โ € โ € -Credits to: VancouverArchives. AM1517-S1-: 2009-001.127โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € #1960s #60sfashion #heritagebc #archivesโ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #oldphotos #mountains #bcferries

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Police Cars:

With no sirens, I guess officers just had to yell out the front ‘windshield’ to pull you over?!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vancouver Police Department patrol wagon at Cordova and Gore Ave. Date: 1914 - Photographer/Studio: Stuart Thomson - 6622

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1931:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

๐Ÿท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿน๐Ÿท - แด แด€ษดแด„แดแดœแด แด‡ส€. แด˜สœแดแด›แด แด›แด€แด‹แด‡ษด า“ส€แดแด แด›สœแด‡ sแด‡แด„แดษดแด… สœแดแด›แด‡สŸ แด แด€ษดแด„แดแดœแด แด‡ส€โ € โ € -Credits to: Fred Spalding. VancouverArchivesโ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € โ € โ € • โ € โ € #vancouver #heritagevancouver #oldvancouver #1930s #vancouverarchives #vancouverhistory #1930svancouver #hotelvancouver #vancouverview

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1955:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

An aerial photo of Vancouver from 1955. #ThePropertyGals๐Ÿก #vancouver #yvr #aerialphotography #vancouverhistory

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All roads lead to Vancouver... ๐Ÿคฉโ  Photo: @jw.klee

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Vancouver has evolved quite a bit to become the place we call home. It is great to look back at all the progress we have made so we can look forward at all that is to come! 

For more Vancouver history, visit the City of Vancouver website.