Panoramic View of the City of Vancouver 1898 24x18” print ($40 CAD)
The long-gone Vancouver Daily World newspaper originally published this bird’s eye view in 1898, and if it looks strange, it’s for a few reasons. First, it’s looking south, with Stanley Park out of frame at right and the rest of Canada at left. Second, the water body labelled “Upper False Creek Flats” was entirely landfilled in 1915 to make space for the CNR’s Pacific Central Station – the leftmost bridge here is modern-day Main Street. Third, Granville Island didn’t exist yet because the city hadn’t yet literally torn the ground out from under the Squamish village of Sneawq to build it – that awful forced relocation wouldn’t happen in 1916. Interested in seeing the original of this map? It’s at the Vancouver City Archives