Author Archives: Jeffery Chong

If Logs Could Talk: A Brief Introduction to Stanley Park

Main entrance to Stanley Park showing bridge and arch over Coal Harbour - 1890s

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.

Looking south across Coal Harbour towards Downtown from Brockton Point

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.

Vancouver newspaper clipping from April 15, 1968

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

Our Summer Architecture Exhibit


The City of Vancouver Archives gallery space has been transformed, exhibiting concrete works created by Master of Architecture students from the UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture (SALA)

Exhibit opening remarks: Bill Pechet (lecturer SALA UBC); Kelly Henry (Architectural Project Manager Ductal®-Lafarge); Leslie Mobbs (City Archivist)

In the fall of 2010, Bill Pechet’s heavy studio class created 12 different architectural project proposals. Using an empty lot, situated at 177 West Pender Street, students were assigned to imagine and design in its place a satellite facility for the primary City of Vancouver Archives.  Continue reading