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The Peak of Enchantment!: Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort

“Don’t fail to visit Grouse Mountain. Its wonders are proclaimed by the thousands who have been there. It gives you a thrill such as you have never known before and as you will never know again unless you return – which you probably will.” Such is a sample of the marketing campaigns aimed at visitors and residents of the Vancouver area in the late 1920s and early 1930s by the Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort Ltd., the records of which can be found here at the Archives.

Crown, Dam, Grouse, and Dome Mountains, with the Grouse Mountain Highway and Scenic Resort Ltd.’s road drawn onto it, ~1925. Reference code: AM76-F02-: CVA 257-1

The company, which was incorporated on November 27, 1924, sketched out an ambitious plan in its prospectus which was published about a year later in 1925. Its aim was to build and operate “a first-class hotel and encampment” on the plateau near the summit of Grouse Mountain, “with tourist camp facilities for summer and winter amusements and sports.” The chalet itself was billed as “modern in every respect, with plumbing, heating, electric lighting and water supply, telegraph and telephone service.” Indeed, the fruition of the chalet and facilities did come to pass, with the resort opening on October 23, 1926. The company’s prospect to bring investors a good return on investment did seem promising given the stunning setting of the resort combined with the exponential increase of motor tourists, particularly American tourists, visiting the Vancouver area in the 1920s, and the easy access to the North Shore with the then newly completed Second Narrows Bridge in 1925. (Previous to the completion of this bridge, the only way to connect to the North Shore from Vancouver was to take a boat.) Continue reading

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 27 is UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, and this year’s theme is “Audiovisual heritage: see, hear and learn”. To celebrate we’d like to showcase a few of the moving images we’ve preserved, and introduce our Internet Archive Partner Page for Film.

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Hockey Hockey Hockey

This is all we can think about today.

As the 2011 Vancouver Canucks start their first Stanley Cup final series since 1994, we thought we’d take a look at some of the historical hockey images and video we have at the Archives, including Vancouver’s many past champions. We’ve put up a Flickr set of early hockey images taken by photographer Stuart Thomson, where you can see some of his images in higher resolution.

Frank Patrick was an important figure in Vancouver hockey.

Leaders in Pacific Coast Hockey 1915-16. Item #CVA 99-623. Stuart Thomson, photographer.

This graphic, with Frank, his brother Lester, Edward Savage (manager of the Portland Rosebuds) and Pete Muldoon (manager of the Seattle Metropolitans), recognizes leadership in the business of hockey on the west coast. The Patrick brothers founded the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) in 1911, built arenas (including Vancouver’s old Denman arena) and improved the local teams with established National Hockey Association players.

Vancouver Millionaires, 1914. Stuart Thomson, photographer. Item #CVA 99-126.

During their 1914-15 Stanley Cup season, Frank not only played for the Vancouver Millionaires on defense but was president, manager and coach. He also owned the Vancouver Amazons, a women’s hockey team that won the 1922 Alpine Cup. Continue reading

1908-1914 McLennan & McFeely Hardware Catalogue on Flickr

The business is today [1914] the largest of the kind west of Winnipeg and the second in size in Canada.

Howay and Scholefield, British Columbia: From the Earliest Times to the Present, vol. 3, p. 1187

McLennan & McFeely Co. Ltd. (“Mc & Mc”) was a significant B.C. business, supplying a wide variety of goods. We’ve put a selection of pages from their first catalogue on Flickr.

Beaver Board, page 512A

“Artistic Decorative Possibilities with Beaver Board are Unlimited.” Excerpt, p 512A.


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