Vancouver Maps

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Vancouver c. 1980
Vancouver c. 1980

The Arthur Laing bridge is open (1975) and The Dominion Map Co. closed in 1981. Also notable, The Connaught Bridge is still in place (Replaced by the Cambie Bridge by 1985).

1964 - Civil Defence Survival
1964 - Civil Defence Survival

Greater Vancouver Target Area. 1964. The map isn't very detailed, but it does show evacuation routes in case "an attack is probable or radioactive fallout from an attack elsewhere is expected."

Reverse - Civil Defence Survival.
Reverse - Civil Defence Survival.

1964 - "At the first flash of a brilliant light the driver should duck his head, but keep going if at all possible."

Obverse - Civil Defence Survival...
Obverse - Civil Defence Survival...

1964 - "On the assumption that a 5-megaton weapon were used, it can be assumed that the City of Vancouver and parts of the immediately surrounding areas would be destroyed."

Vancouver 1962
Vancouver 1962

Close-up of Vancouver topographical map (scale 1:250,000). Map shows the road to the top of Grouse Mt; Sandy Cove in West Van; and Eburne still appears on Lulu Island.

Vancouver Map c.1950
Vancouver Map c.1950

This map is difficult to date, due to its lack of detail. The descriptive copy references the Empress of Scotland, which sailed into Vancouver between 1942-1948, however I think the info may be dated.

Vancouver c1950
Vancouver c1950

Stumbling block for me in dating this map was the reference to the Aquarium at Beach & Davie. Not to be confused with the Aquarium in Stanley Park (opened 1956), this was "Park's Aquarium Ltd." Sea Island has a small dot to denote Vancouver Airport. Lulu Island has no development at all. There are big plans for North Shore development that have not come to pass.

c. 1948 Spencer Dept Store map
c. 1948 Spencer Dept Store map

Estimating this at 1948, as that is when Spencer's was sold to Eaton's. Population is noted to be 320,000. I like that this map shows Dog Mountain (rather than Mt. Seymour).

c. 1948 Spencer Dept Store map
c. 1948 Spencer Dept Store map

Golf seems prevalent. Most of the False Creek Flats were filled in between 1913 and 1919. This view shows a little water east of Main Street (may just be an error).

1924 Vancouver map cover
1924 Vancouver map cover

Covered with real estate ads, and the BC Electric Railway Co. Inside the map, shows the interurban railway stops of the time.

1924 map of Vancouver.
1924 map of Vancouver.

I like this map because it shows spaces that will fill up and full areas that would remain vacant. It would be 14 years before the Lions Gate Bridge would be built. The area south of Queen Elizabeth park had yet to be developed, and the development west Deep Cove never happened. The centre point of the map is City Hall at Main & Hastings, now the poorest postal code in Canada.