Vancouver’s 130th birthday was just celebrated the other day, April 6th, and Whistler Mountain celebrated 50 years back on January 15th – those are quite the milestones. I thought it would be great to go back in time to see what they looked like when I first moved to BC in the ‘70’s and take a bit of a stroll down memory lane.
A very young looking Vancouver with the Cambie bridge in the forefront.
These were the transit buses that I used to take and on a summer road trip in 2006, I stumbled upon a graveyard of them in the Kootenays in Sandon BC, an old mining ghost town.
I contacted my neighbour Tom Grant, who is a born and raised Vancouverite, and who happens to have a great collection of vintage shots of Vancouver from the '70's.
The following Vancouver images are credit to Tom Grant.
A few shots of the downtown core:
Beautifully restored '46 Dodge sitting across from Sunset Beach
This is the old Greyhound bus station which was across from the QE theatre and the Beatty Street Drill Hall..
Whistler Mountain, you've done a lot of changing over the last 50 years! So who better to ask for photos from but the Whistler Museum. Here's a shot of the Creekside gondola lift line up that I used to have to stand in and yes, the lines were always that long.
The planning of the village started in the 1970's and construction began in 1979.
And the Crazy Canucks really took off - they were a superb team of skiers who defined racing and put Canada on the international ski racing map.
And here's a glimpse of the old Red chair, now the Big Red Express - no seat padding but lots of blue skies and sunshine!
All Whistler photos credit to Whistler Museum
So here's wishing both Vancouver and Whistler Mountain an awesome year ahead - let's see what fun will be had!
Thanks for the adventures,