Wintertime Frolicking

It’s been chilly lately. Let’s see how people in Vancouver enjoyed the cold weather of past years.

In 1929, small bodies of water froze and it was possible to skate.

Skaters with houses in the background

Couples cavorting on Trout Lake, 1929. Stuart Thomson photograph. Reference code AM1535-: CVA 99-1901.


Kids of all ages enjoying the freeze-up at Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, 1929. Stuart Thomson photograph. Reference code AM1535-: CVA 99-1975.

It’s easy to find creative uses for snow!

Men in uniform throwing snowballs

Soldiers of the Military 68th Canadian Forces Army take time out from serious business to pelt each other with snow balls. Outside the Exhibition Building, ca. 1917
Stuart Thomson photograph. Reference code AM1535-: CVA 99-591.

Two men rolling a snowball

Two men, (possibly street car conductors) rolling a giant snowball, Kitsilano, ca. 1912. Maybe the start of a giant snowman? Stuart Thomson photograph. Reference code AM1584-: CVA 7-195.

Not many people swim outdoors in winter, but some are hardy enough to enjoy it.

People standing on the beach in their bathing suits

Members of the Royal Life Saving Society preparing to brave the chilly waters of English Bay on a breezy Christmas Day, 1928. Stuart Thomson photograph. Reference code AM1535-: CVA 99-1729.

Skiing has arrived! A few years ago considered a sport only for the reckless and foolhardy, skiing has suddenly grown to be one of the most popular sports on this continent.

Excerpt from tourism promotional brochure, 1936.
City of Vancouver Archives Pamphlet 1936-186.

Skiers with poles in the air

Group of Skiers on Mount Seymour, 1940. Don Coltman, Steffens-Colmer Ltd. photograph. Reference code AM1545-S3-: CVA 586-122.

Perhaps you need a dog team to reach your ski cabin?

Sled dogs lie in the snow

Dog Sledding on Grouse Mountain, January 27, 1929. Stuart Thomson photograph. Reference code AM1535-: CVA 99-2001.

Everyone loved having a photograph taken in front of the hollow tree. This one is a little different.

Horse and sleigh infront of hollow tree

One-horse-open-sleigh riders pause for a photo-op in front of the giant hollow tree, Stanley Park, ca. 1910. Reference code AM54-S4-: St Pk P46.

Have fun in the cold!

2 responses to “Wintertime Frolicking

  1. To whom this may concern;
    Hello and thank you for your attention.
    I am compiling a display for our local museum on the subject of carriages in Western Canada.
    Would it be alright if I used the photo of the couple in the One horse sleigh in front of the old growth tree? Reference code AM54-S4-: St Pk P46.
    Here is a link to the particular photo:

    Thank you for your help!
    Owen Cameron, Museum Coordinator
    Boundary Museum and Interpretive Centre; 6145 Reservoir Rd. Grand Forks, B.C. V0H1H5

  2. Heather Gordon

    Please feel free to use the photo, Owen. It is in the public domain, so you may use it however you wish. We only ask that you credit us and cite the reference code. Good luck with your exhibit!

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