As we gear up to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, here’s a look at some photos that celebrate the West End’s own diverse history and showcase how our neighbourhood has evolved over the decades.
Curated by Community Journalist, Janet Leduc, read on for her top picks!
5 English Bay – 1913
4 Robson Street – 1928
3 The Empire Landmark Hotel – 1973
This photo shows the The Empire Landmark Hotel at 1400 Robson just before it was completed in 1973. The current owners, Hong Kong based Asia Standard International Group, plan to close the hotel along with its revolving restaurant on September 30, 2017 and demolish it once they have received all the permits from the city. (CVA69-08)
2 Cardero Grocery Store – 1983
1 Gay Unity Parade – 1981
Mayor Mike Harcourt declared August 1-7, 1981 Gay Unity Week. These men marching on Thurlow at Pendrell, past what is now Mole Hill, took part in the first Gay Unity Parade held the same year. -(Photo Credit Rick Loughran)