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Stanley Park in 1911

June 26, 2013

Courtesy of Neil Whaley, who owns a copy of ‘everything Stanley Park’ by way of Bill Jeffries:


1911 map


Click on the map to enlarge – and then explore.  (Current map here.) This is before the building of the Causeway that separated Lost Lagoon and Coal Harbour ((not to mention Brockton Point from the south side of the park).  No Second Beach Pool, no Tea House at Ferguson Point, no totem poles.  But there was a zoo, deer park and reservoir.

Especially, there was no seawall.  That wouldn’t start construction until 1917.

Imagine the reaction if someone suggested in 2013 that we dump eight kilometres of rock, concrete and asphalt atop a natural shoreline in our most valued park.  Not a chance that the seawall would be built today.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 26, 2013 10:54 am

    If you like this, you can compare it to maps of Stanley Park in other years here.

    A favourite is this one, with a sketch of Thomas Mawson’s unrealized vision for Lost Lagoon and a nearby stadium.

  2. David Banks permalink
    June 29, 2013 11:08 am

    You’d think that the Hollow Tree would be a point of interest.

    Cheer up Sam, almost nobody knows the origin of the name “Coal Harbour”. [This train is for Richmond-Brighouse]… Morton, the shortest street in New Liverpool… and the parking ticket greenhorn

  3. Neil Whaley permalink
    June 29, 2013 11:56 am

    Point of clarification: I found this in Park Board correspondence files at the City of Vancouver Archives and photographed it, but I don’t own it myself. Cheers, Neil Whaley

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