This weekend, July 8th-10th, is the Summer Live event at Stanley Park’s Brockton Point. In celebration of Vancouver’s 125th birthday, Summer Live will exhibit the city’s diverse arts and culture, showcasing artistic workshops, dances, performances and art installations. It will be a celebration of what Vancouver has become in all its 125 years, including:
- stories and drum songs by members of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations,
- Coast Salish canoe races in Coal Harbour,
- free performances by internationally-renowned musical acts, and
- recreational and family activities on the Brockton Point fields.
An Untouched Landscape Despite Be-Ins, Murder and Banks Heists
While Vancouver’s skyline has changed somewhat over 125 years, Stanley Park’s natural landscape – with the exception of the odd wind storm – has remained relatively unscathed since the city’s beginning in 1886. The park continues to be the city’s natural fixture. When you are at Brockton Point this weekend, stroll along the seawall or through the trails and appreciate the park’s history.
Many events have taken place in Stanley Park since its beginnings, and thanks to Major Matthews and his habit of collecting, numerous newspaper clippings documenting these events have been kept. They can be a very valuable resource when the Archives does not have a record of these events in any other form.
Traffic has always been heavy on the Stanley Park causeway during rush hour. If you’re attending this weekend’s festivities, hopefully you can avoid this. During the late 60s, though, traffic jams could have been due to factors other than vehicle volume. Continue reading