Getting off the rock.....
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May 24th, 2008 – by: hummingbird50
So away I went, I was going to be a tourist in Vancouver. I had not been over there to just be a tourist in many years. I usually just go over,visit my friends in Langley or Surrey and then come home. But I wanted to be a tourist...boy what great fun I had.
So again got on the 10:00am bus, which boarded the 11:00am Ferry to get off this rock, and landed in Pacific Central Station at 1:30pm and started my history lesson.
I first learned about some history of the buildings in the downtown core. So I started out with the Pacific Central Station which was built in 1917, it is home to Greyhound Canada which heads to all points outside of Vancouver...north, south, and east...and west to Vancouver Island landing in Nanaimo. It is also home to VIA rail, busy station. Across the way is the world's largest outside turf field, and I am told they turn the sprinkler system on before a game so it is wet...stops slipping and sliding (hey I am just the touist here).
Then there is the Marine Building. It opened on October 7th 1930. It is renowned for it's Art Deco details. It boasted 22 floors and was the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939. It cost 2.3 million to build.....and due to the great depression it was sold to the Guinness family of Ireland for only $900,000. The family still owns the building and the whole block...the property assessment in 2004 was $22 million. Good investment...:)
Then over to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park....(story and entry to follow), then to Chinatown.
Over to the Sam Kee building which was constructed in 1913 as part of a bet. The city of Vancouver had widened Pender Street and taken most of the land belonging to the Sam Kee Company, demolishing it's warehouse and leaving only a tiny plot of land.
Then we parked in the city's prettiest parking lot, visited an old building (which I don't have history on yet), then onwards to VanDeusen Gardens, up to the Capliano Suspension Bridge, over to the tree tops, then on to Grouse Mountain, played in the snow, saw the bears, had an awesome dinner, watched a sunset and called it a night.
The next day over to New Westminister..seen the worlds tallest tin soldier...walked..sat...chatted then came home...it was perfect...I loved Vancouver and plan on going and playing tourist once again.
Vancouver, whistler, the interior has so much to offer...24 hours is only breaking the surface of Vancouver...it's much more than I saw...but then I will go again...and again...when I have another 24 hours to spend....
Okay I can't go without a brief history...(grin).
16,000 to 11,000BC (way back when).......Segments of the Coast Salish people-the ancestors of the Squamish, Burrard, Coquitlam Indian bands arrive from Asia. They seemed very happy with the beaches teeming with the seafood-they named English Bay---Ayyulshun which means "soft under feet".
1592-1774AD The Spaniards cruised by as part of their exploration, and then claimed the west coast of North America by virtue of Treaty of Tordesillas. Their presence is still felt today, the city of Vancouver has a number of streets named after the Spaniards....such as Cordova, Valdez, and Narvaez...(gosh I still never knew).
1792 Captian George Vancouver arrived. Spent one day, discovered the spanish already had claimed the place...and left town. Captain Vancouver met with Valdez and Galiano..and Spanish Banks is named for that meeting place.
1808 Simon Fraser (there is simon fraser university), arrived in Vancouver from eastern canada by a river he thought was the Columbia. Even though he was wrong about his travel plan...the river was still named after him...(gesh to be famous...you need to take a wrong turn, kind of like bug's bunny).
1858 News that there was gold in them there hills...on the banks of the Fraser...raised only slight interest..only 25,000 prospectors dropped in to have a look around:):) I think I need to go to them there hills...and have a look:)
1860 Three English decided to build a brickyard. The business flopped and amid all the I told you so's from the local population.
1867 A talkive chap nicknamed "Gassy Jack" opened a saloon for forestry workers on the shore of Burrard Inlet. It became so popular a community built up around the place and called itself Gastown.
1887 the CPR's first train arrived.
1888 The last body is buried in Pioneer Cemetery, the graveyard of many of Vancouver's earliest citizens. The cemetery stretched from Brockton Popint to the Nine o'clock Gun. Many people still set their time to that 9:00 o'clock gun.
1890 The first lighthouse is built at Brockton Point and electric streetcars began operating.
1900 Vancouver surpasses the provincial capital of Victoria in size.
1909 The Dominion Trust Building, the city's first skyscraper opened at Hastings and Cambie.
1911 Canada's first artifical ice rink, the Arena, is opened. At the time is was the largest indoor rink in the world. The Vancouver Millionaires, the city's first hockey team, was built out of players swiped from the National Hockey League...go hockey...go...
1914-1915 The Millionaires become Stanly cup Champions...hahahahah
1920 Vancouver grows bigger than Winnpieg...(I never knew).
1936 The new City Hall at 12th avenue is dedicated.
1939 the landmark Hotel Vancouver is completed.
1957 Elvis Presley sings 6 songs and leaves the stage after 15 minutes. The audience paid $2.00 per ticket and were all angry by being short-changed.
1964 For the first time the BC Lions won the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup...
1979 The Vancouver Whitecaps won the North American Soccer League championship.
1983 BC Place Stadium inflates and becomes the world's largest air-supported dome. It has 60,000 seats.
1986 Vancouver's centennial is marked by a six-month fair Expo 86 on the north shore of False Creek. It was the largest special category World Exposition ever staged in North America----the category was Transportation.
1990 This began with a roar as the first "Indy" race that took place on the downtown Vancouver track. It was held every summer up until 2004.
1999 Vancouver creates the 2010 Olympic Bid team to organize the proposal to host the 2010 winter olympics. By July 2004, Vancouver is selected...(I think I need to leave the Counrty then).
2008 I visit Vancouver through different eyes.........
Enjoy a walk in 24 hours.......
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